Thursday, January 2, 2014
No-Bake Reese's Peanut Butter Bars
Happy 2014, everyone!
It's been awhile since I've posted, so I hope your Christmas/Hanukkah/Festivus celebrations were marvelous.
2013 was one of the best years of my life, and I'm super excited to see what this year has in store. As regular A Bitchin' Kitchen readers may have noticed, blogging took a bit of a backseat for me this past year. I'm one of those people who tries to squeeze 28 hours of living into a 24 hour day, and other activities became prioritized over maintaining this site.
Fortunately, I anticipate that things will start returning to a more normal posting schedule around here this month (hurray for improved time management skills!), so ten bajillion thank yous to everyone who is still actually reading this thing!
I made these bars on Sunday afternoon when my oven was occupied for 4 hours with a batch of my awesome pulled pork. James is a lifelong Philadelphia Eagles fan, and I'm a lifelong fan of events that revolve around eating, so during their Very Important Game Sunday night, I tried to give us both heart attacks with a feast comprised of cheese and crackers, onion rings, pulled pork sandwiches, and these amazingly simple and delicious bars.
These are pretty much a homemade version of a Reese's cup, which is every bit as amazing as you're thinking.
Here's what you'll need for 16 reasonably sized or 8 ohmygoshsofat bars:
1/2 cup salted butter, melted*
1 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 8 full sheets)
1 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter (not natural style)
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Line an 8x8 baking pan with aluminum foil. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, stir together melted butter, graham cracker crumbs, and powdered sugar until combined. Stir in 3/4 cup of the peanut butter, and spread into the foil-lined baking pan.
Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of peanut butter and chocolate chips in the microwave until melted, and stir until smooth. Spread evenly over the peanut butter layer, and chill for at least 3 hours before enjoying.
*Or, use unsalted butter, and add 1/4 teaspoon of salt when you add the peanut butter.
Source: Sally's Baking Addiction