There is officially no more peanut butter in the house. I found a half-full jar of crunchy peanut butter that was who knows how old so I put it to good use – making peanut butter bars! I used to make a version of these delicious no-bake treats when I lived in Tallahassee. I even garnered a marriage proposal from one of my guy friends when I was sixteen because of them. I remember a boy I had a crush on walking around with a whole plate full of them at some high school function, which made me hopeful, but he didn’t like me nearly as much as the peanut butter bars. I need to get my mom to send me the recipe that we used back then because the one I tried this weekend just doesn’t measure up. I never remember using graham cracker crumbs before and I think that’s definitely what makes my recent batch of peanut butter bars so bland. A couple of similar recipes online use graham cracker crumbs as well, but much less than the one I made. Whatever it is, I’m just not a fan of this particular recipe. My co-workers were very appreciative when I brought two plates of them on Monday, though. They were gobbled up very quickly. I will revisit this recipe when I get the tried-and-true version from my mom. I’m really looking forward to making those!
1/2 c butter, melted
1 1/4 c graham cracker crumbs
1 c peanut butter (I used chunky)
1 1/2 c powdered sugar
1 c milk chocolate chips
In a medium bowl, stir together melted butter, graham cracker crumbs, peanut butter, and powdered sugar. You might have to use your hands to incorporate all of the dry ingredients. Press the mixture firmly into the bottom of an 8×8″ pan. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave (about 1 min on HIGH), stirring occasionally. Spread melted chocolate over the peanut butter base. Chill for about 15 minutes in the fridge, then cut into bars before the chocolate is completely set. Return the pan to the fridge until ready to serve. Enjoy!