Sunday, September 30, 2012

Dessert in 10 Minutes - No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

I'm a sucker for peanut butter, especially Reese's Cups and Reese's Pieces (which I always inevitably pronounce as "Reesie's Piecies"). From buckeyes to fudge, there's just SOMETHING about the combination of chocolate and peanut butter that just CANNOT be topped. 

These chocolate peanut butter bars are SO easy to prepare, that I honestly don't know how I haven't posted these before (considering how many times I've made these). Aside from melting the chocolate, this is a completely no-cook dessert. I use a double boiler, but you can easily use a microwave instead and not have to use the stove AT ALL. Best of all, aside from the chocolate melting, this is a GREAT recipe for kids to help make. 


So, since I haven't posted a dessert in a while, here you go! It will only take about 5-10 minutes, so what are you waiting for? 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
adapted from Let's Dish

Ingredients:
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp creamy peanut butter, divided
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the melted butter, graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar and 1/2 cup peanut butter. Stir until completely blended (the mixture will be like cookie dough), then press evenly and firmly onto the bottom of an ungreased 9" square baking pan (I ended up using my weird 8x11" pan). For easy removal later, feel free to line the pan with wax paper or even foil. 








Melt the remaining 2 Tbsp peanut butter with the chocolate chips in a double boiler, stirring occasionally until completely melted and smooth. Spread over the peanut butter layer and chill for one hour before cutting into bars. Keep bars refrigerated. 











5 comments:

  1. Chocolate and Peanut Butter . . a marriage made in heaven! That is why I've devoted a Pinterest board just to them, and including Nutella too. These look so delicious I will have to try them soonest.

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    1. It's pretty hard to beat chocolate and peanut butter, isn't it?? If you try these, please let me know what you think! :)

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  2. Looks absolutely delicious! I reckon I could eat the whole lot in about 5 minutes flat!

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  3. At the last minute I remembered that I should probably make a cake or something delicious for my husband's birthday and this recipe made my day! He loves PB & Nutella, so I figured he'd probably like these bars... He definitely did: "Wow! MMmmm... It doesn't get better than this. Oh man! Oh man! Oh man!"

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    1. You just can't beat peanut butter and chocolate!! Glad he enjoyed the dessert!

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