"Anything is good if it's made of chocolate." ~Jo Brand
Last weekend I got together with some of my favorite girls for a little chat, a lot of chow and a ton of laughs. We try to meet up every couple of months on a Saturday afternoon for a few hours and reconnect over good food and a tasty cocktail.
Val brought a dessert that was absolutely delicious: peanut butter cup bars. They were sweet and light and almost too good to be true. Almost. Since they were very real and I really enjoyed the one I had. OK, the two I had. Oh alright what is this, the Spanish Inquisition? I had three. Sheesh!
Val sent us the recipe, which she found on browneyedbaker.com. It is a must try.
Val's Amazing Peanut Butter Cup Bars
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
- 1 cup smooth peanut butter
- 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips (or chopped chocolate)
- Line an 8×8-inch square pan with foil, leaving enough to hang over the sides, then butter the foil. Set aside.
- In a saucepan melt ½ cup of butter over low heat.
- Once melted, remove from heat and stir in the powdered sugar until smooth.
- Stir peanut butter and graham cracker crumbs until combined and smooth.
- Spread peanut butter mixture into the pan and smooth the top.
- In the empty saucepan melt ¼ cup unsalted butter.
- Add chocolate and stir until almost completely melted.
- Remove from heat and continue stirring until completely melted.
- Pour melted chocolate over peanut butter layer and smooth into an even layer.
- Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to set.
- Remove from the pan using the foil overhangs and place on a cutting board.
- Use a pizza cutter to slice into 16 bars.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.