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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Graham Cracker Bars

Super Yummy.
These are easy and delicious.  (I feel like I start every post with that, but whatever...it's how I roll).  You don't even have to bake these bars!  The addition of graham crackers to the peanut butter make these taste sort of like Butterfingers.  These bars are rich, so make sure you cut them into smaller squares.  I like the texture of using the chunky peanut butter in the bars so that there is an occasional crunch when you eat it.  In spite of the amount of sugar in these, they are not too sweet at all.  These would be great to take to a picnic or to make for a bake sale.

3 sticks of unsalted butter
2 cups of chunky peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups of graham cracker crumbs (I used two of those plastic packets in a box of graham crackers - like 18 graham crackers)
4 cups (1 1 pound box) of powdered sugar
7 ounces semi-sweet chocolate (chopped or chips)
large pinch of Kosher salt

1.  Line a 9x13 with aluminum foil, making sure that the foil sticks out of the edges of the pan.  That's how you will lift the bars out of the pan.
Pan is Foiled.
2.  Melt two sticks of butter with the peanut butter in the microwave, stirring until smooth.
Getting ready to be melted together.
3.  Put the graham crackers in the food processor and make graham cracker crumbs.
Graham cracker crumbs.
4.  Add the graham cracker crumbs to the peanut butter and butter mixture and stir until combined.
Crumbs added. 
5.  Add the powdered sugar and stir.
Added powdered sugar.
The finished batter.
6.  Press the peanut butter mixture into the pan.
Patted into the ungreased, foil-lined baking pan.
7.  Melt the two types of chocolate, remaining stick of butter, kosher salt, and vanilla extract together and stir until combined.
Ready to be melted.
8.  Spread the chocolate mixture on the peanut butter.
Chocolate over peanut butter.
9.  Put the bars in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, or until firmed up.  Once firm, use the foil to lift out of the baking pan and cut into squares.  Makes about 15-20 squares.  Store in a tupperware.  Enjoy!

The final product. 
Adapted from a recipe from The Great American Bake Sale.

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