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I came across this recipe by accident and I am very thankful that I did!  I was trying to think of a treat I could make my dad for Father's Day.  He loves Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, so I thought he would enjoy these squares.  I knew Papa Bear would like them, too.  He was the one that suggested using "good" peanut butter and I'm so glad I did!  

These bars are easy to whip up, but do require some refrigeration time.  I made mine the night before so they would be ready for lunch the next day.  


These are definitely a special treat you are going to want to try!

No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Squares
by Emily from New York
http://www.clubhousemagazine.com/create/no-bake-peanut-butter-cups

Supplies needed:  Ziploc bag, a wooden spoon, mixing bowl, fork, knife, measuring cup, small saucepan, spoon, 9x13 inch pan, plastic wrap and a refrigerator


Ingredients:

For the peanut butter layer: 
  • 1 cup crushed graham crackers
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter


For the chocolate layer:
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1 cup chocolate chips





What to do:

For the peanut butter layer:
  • Crush graham crackers into crumbs.
  • Mix crumbs together with 1/2 cup butter, powdered sugar and peanut butter.
  • Press mixture into an ungreased 9-by-13-inch pan.
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Incorporating the ingredients for the peanut butter layer. I mixed them right in the pan and cleaned up the edges afterwards.
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The peanut butter layer after mixing and pressing.
For the chocolate layer:
  • In a small saucepan, combine sugar, milk and 2 tablespoons butter. (An adult will have to do this part.)  Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly.

  • Remove mixture from heat and add chocolate chips. Stir until smooth.

  • Spread chocolate over graham cracker layer.

  • Chill until chocolate is set and cut into small squares.
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This is after it had chilled and I cut it, but you can see how the chocolate layer was spread across the top.
THE VERDICT
One word:  DELICIOUS!  I love how Shaba Girl described the peanut butter chocolate squares.  She said the bottom layer tasted like a cool peanut butter cookie and the top layer tasted like fudge, but eaten together, it tasted like a peanut butter cup.  Papa Bear and The Master noted the crunchiness of the peanut butter layer.  It is a bit of a surprise because you can't see the crushed graham crackers, but you get the crunch of them in every bite.  Everyone who tasted the bars thought they were rich and yummy. 

Tips
  1. One "sleeve" of graham crackers will give you a little bit more than the one cup you need for the recipe.
  2. Use a good quality peanut butter!  The peanut butter is probably the most important ingredient in this recipe.
  3. The peanut butter mixture may be a bit thick for little helpers, but they can help measure and put the ingredients in the bowl.
  4. I don't know if it is because I added the chocolate chips a little at a time instead of dumping them all into the heated butter mixture, but the chocolate mixture seemed a bit thick.  I ended up adding about a tablespoon more butter and it was fine.
  5. Be careful not to over cook your chocolate or your bars will have a burnt taste.
  6. These are richer than you might think, so I actually cut them into small squares.
  7. This would be a great treat to take to a potluck or party OR to give as a gift!
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These are rich. You may want to cut smaller pieces....or not. :)

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12/4/2013 09:32:03

I made something similar over the weekend. It is a great treat. I am pinning this to share with others.

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12/9/2013 21:14:24

That does sound so yummy! My husband also loves Reeses Peanut butter cups! Thanks for linking up with Creative K Kids' Tasty Tuesdays. I've pinned it to the Creative K Kid's Tasty Tuesdays Pinterest Board.

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