I felt like making something, but not exactly putting much effort into it. I’d been wanting to make something with chocolate and or peanut butter, since I did the buckeyes, but I wasn’t sure what. Then I remembered I’d printed off a no-bake recipe a long time ago–One of those “I’ll get to it when I have time” recipes. Enter Chocolate-Peanut Butter No-Bake Bars:
Easy, took all of about 15 minutes to put together, and an hour later they were ready for us to munch on!
The top layer is chocolate mixed with peanut butter, which I could’ve eaten on its own. The bottom layer is soft-cookie-dough consistency, which is also good. You could almost pretend it was egg-free cookie dough and make truffles or cookie dough balls or some other treat that needed cookie dough.
I don’t think I’d try and actually bake with it, though.
Spray a 13 x 9-in. baking pan with cooking spray & set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, and using the paddle attachment, beat 1 1/4 C peanut butter and butter until creamy. Gradually beat in 1 C powdered sugar. With the mixer on low speed, add in remaining 1 C powdered sugar and the graham cracker crumbs. Stir in 1/2 C chocolate chips with a wooden spoon.
Press evenly into the prepared baking pan (I found it was easiest to do this with my hands).
Over low heat, melt the remaining 3/4 C peanut butter and remaining 1 1/2 C chocolate chips in a small saucepan (you can also use a double boiler or a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water). Stir constantly, until smooth. Spread over graham cracker crust in pan. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until chocolate is firm. Cut into bars. Store in covered container in refrigerator.
Recipe Type: Dessert
The cook time includes the refrigeration time for the chocolate to set up
I was pleased with them. They’re a little on the crumbly side when it comes to eating, but that’s okay. They taste good, and that’s all that matters! Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas…This was the first year in awhile that I looked forward to Christmas. The bambino has been SO excited for Santa’s visit this year, and it’s been pretty infectious.