Saturday, September 22, 2012

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Happiness is...eating nothing but ice cream and roasted corn for dinner. Campfire hair. Learning the ghost stories of your college campus. Getting tea in the mail. Having a huge crowd show up to your Taiko drumming performance. Happiness is having friends who love you and you love back.

Happiness is NOT getting burnt by the radiator. Sigh. Happiness is surprising your classmates with homemade peanut butter chocolate bars and luckily not having anyone in the class with a deadly peanut allergy! Yay! People seem shocked when you bring them food and it's not your birthday and you're not just pushing your scraps and leftovers on them. I just like to bake, that's all. 

These are basically the same recipe and my favorite family Christmas confection ever, peanut butter balls, but in bar form. So you get more at one time!! They're very reminiscent of a peanut butter cup. But if you want my opinion (which I assume you're at least mildly interested in if you're reading this)....they're better. Better than Reeses! You'll have to see for yourself. 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

1 cup butter or margarine, melted
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
4 tablespoons peanut butter
In a medium bowl, mix together the butter or margarine, graham cracker crumbs, confectioners' sugar, and 1 cup peanut butter until well blended. Press evenly into the bottom of an ungreased 9x13 inch pan.
In a metal bowl over simmering water, or in the microwave, melt the chocolate chips with the peanut butter, stirring occasionally until smooth. Spread over the prepared crust. Refrigerate for at least one hour before cutting into squares.


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