After my first disastrous attempt at making peanut butter bars, one of my favorite childhood treats, I called my mom and asked her to look for the recipe we used to make them at home. And after a fairly long search she found it! She got the recipe from Jane, a family friend who lived in my parents’ neighborhood for most of my childhood. She and her husband have since moved away from Tallahassee, but my brother and I were friends with her two sons while we were growing up. After reading Jane’s peanut butter bar recipe, it turns out that the version I tried in my twenty-seventh new recipe had almost exactly the same ingredients as hers, just in different proportions. Evidently an abundance of graham cracker crumbs is what killed my first batch, but it might have had something to do with the chocolate topping as well. My mom says the key to our favorite peanut butter bars success is the melted Hershey’s chocolate bar on the top. My first attempt used melted milk chocolate chips, but the Hershey’s bar is much, much better. Jane’s original recipe makes enough to fill a cookie sheet, but I halved it and put it in an 8×8″ pan instead because I didn’t need quite so many goodies sitting around waiting for me to devour them. These peanut butter bars are easy to make, don’t require any baking, and are sinfully delicious. Perfect for summer. Go make them right now!
1/2 c (1 stick) butter
2 c powdered sugar
3/4 c graham cracker crumbs
1/2 jar (18 oz) Jif extra peanut butter
3/4 of a 4.4 oz Hershey’s chocolate bar
In a large bowl, melt the butter in the microwave, about 60 seconds in HIGH. Add powdered sugar, graham cracker crumbs, and peanut butter to the bowl and mix everything together (you might have to use your hands). Pat into the bottom of an 8×8″ pan. In a small bowl, melt the chocolate in the microwave and spread over the peanut butter mixture using an icing spatula, preferably an offset one. Chill until the chocolate sets before cutting into squares and serving. Enjoy!
Based on Jane’s Peanut Butter Bars (written on an index card in my mother’s possession in Tallahassee).