Last week I was on a crafting binge at Jo-Ann’s (see previous post). Saturdays at my Jo-Ann’s are out of control. It’s hard to find parking and the line to check-out is always ridiculous. I blame Pinterest. I hate having to wait in line to check-out. Not because I’m impatient, but because I’m the worst impulse buyer ever. The faster I get out of a store, the less likely I am to buy things I don’t need right at the check-out. This trip was no different. First I saw the 20-ounce Diet Cokes glistening in all their chilled glory in the fridge case. Well, my mouth was feeling a little dry after walking around, so I had to grab one of those. Then as I move up a few paces in line I see them. The Reese’s Holiday Trees. Here was my thought process when I saw these beauts: It’s barely November! Trees already. Reese’s should make a PB Turkey. I’d buy it. I shouldn’t buy that tree. I definitely don’t need it. I’m sure it’s a ridiculously high amount of calories. This Diet Coke will be treat enough… (more waiting in line. Not moving further away from the Reese’s). Well it will be a while until I eat dinner, I guess 1 tree will not hurt. Okay. Doing it. So the tree got in my basket. I finally get up to the register and even the cashier was feeling it! He scans the tree, looks longingly at it and goes “Holidays are the best times to buy Reese’s because they’re fresh. I think I’m going to have to get one of these for lunch.” Oh kindred spirit! I hope he didn’t see my eyes light up too much. It was practically validation that yes, I should be eating that tree. He’s now officially my go-to checkout guy at Jo-Ann’s. I loaded up my car, unwrapped my tree and savored every bite. I was still reeling in the delight of the tree at Kroger when I remembered that we had a staff pitch-in this week and I signed up to bring a dessert. So a quick Pinterest search on my Blackberry revealed a recipe that the author swore tasted like store-bought peanut-butter cups. Could it be? So I had to try myself. I got the few ingredients and triumphantly headed home.
I made these PB bars last night, and let me just say that they are the easiest things I’ve made lately and the tastiest. They do taste just like store-bought, and better because they are fresh. I’m so thankful that I had to make them for a staff gathering so other people will eat them and I will not be eating the entire plate myself. Sooooo good. Highly recommend making these. You will not be disappointed.
- 1 cup of butter, melted
- 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Mix melted butter, graham cracker crumbs, peanut butter and sugar together in medium bowl. You can use a mixer on low speed or a wooden spoon.
- Spread mixture evenly into a small square or rectangular pan. (I used an 8.5 x 6.5 pan)
- Melt the chocolate chips using your method of choice. (Mine is the microwave).
- Spread evenly over the PB mixture.
- Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before cutting and serving.
The recipe above is modified a bit from the recipe I found on the internet. Mainly because I didn’t have a cup of PB, so I halved the recipe. So you could easily double this recipe and use a 9×13 pan. (Which is what the original recommended). I would definitely do this if you’re feeding a crowd. Also they can be a bit tricky to cut at first. And you end up with little chocolate shavings everywhere, so just be prepared for that mess when you start to cut up the bars. Also I used store-bought graham cracker crumbs, which are ah-mazing. I highly recommend these for any recipe that calls for them. Sooo much easier than crushing your own (or dirtying a food processor/blender). You could also chill the PB for a bit before pouring on the melted chocolate. I think this would make a nicer separation if you’re going for a pretty-looking bar. If you like PB and Chocolate, these are a must make!!