Sunday, January 20, 2008

No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars

Fewer combinations will get my mouth watering quicker than peanut butter and chocolate. I don't care for PB&J and I don't like peanut butter alone, but pair it with chocolate and I am the one who melts!
These bars are so very simple to make, the recipe makes a generous quantity and everyone loves them! If you like peanut butter cups or buckeyes, treat yourself to this homemade version. They are rich and make wonderful lunchbox treats or classroom treats (just make sure no one has peanut allergies first!). This is also a great thing for the kids to help you make since there is no cooking involved.
Peanut Butter Bars
Bottom layer:
1/2 C melted Butter/Oleo
2 C Peanut Butter
2 1/2 C. Powdered Sugar
1/2 C Brown Sugar
Mix all ingredients well (this can be done with the dough hook on most stand mixers); press into a foil-lined 9x12 inch pan.
Top Layer:
12 Oz. Semi Sweet Chocolate (chocolate chips work well)
4 T. Margarine/Oleo
Melt Chocolate and margarine together in microwave at 30 second intervals stirring each time until smooth. Spread over peanut butter mixture. Chill for about 30 minutes. Cut into 24 to 36 bars (depending on how big you like them). Chill at least 90 minutes more. Lift from pan with foil lining. Store in refrigerator.
Tips:
~You may have to cut the bars again after they are finished chilling, but they are easier to cut the first time when they are only partially chilled.

2 comments:

Rebekah said...

this is very similar to peanut butter fudge I make. I am going to try this for an upcoming party.

Donna said...

These sound so yummy!