Thursday, January 20, 2011

Peanut Butter Cup Bars

I want to you know that I have seriously tried to be dessert-free since the holidays.  Seriously tried.  But like any full-blown sugar addict, I have found myself craving treats.  Since I haven't made any dessert since Christmas, I resorted to stalking my cleaned-out pantry.  Other than some biscotti and a couple of chocolate chip cookies, there's been nada.   (For the record, I have never considered cookies to be dessert.  Never ever). 

But then I found this dessert on a favorite blog.  And since I was spending my son's snow day from school in the kitchen anyhow, I decided I had to make them.  Now, this is the telling sign of my addiction--I'm not really a peanut butter/chocolate fan, nor am I a "no-bake" fan.  And, yet, I made them.  My sugar-addiction is hard core. 

I have to admit, they are good.  And easy.  So easy.  They will totally make you look like a kitchen rock star when you take them to your next get-together that you promised to bring dessert to.  And true to form, I really made these for my chocolate-loving husband (how's that for denial??!).  Really.

(And in case you're wondering, yes, I took this photograph in the snow.  On my deck off my kitchen.  Shameless white background.)

Peanut Butter Cup Bars
Source:  Brown Eyed Baker

½ cup unsalted butter
1¾ cups powdered sugar
1 cup smooth peanut butter
¾ cup graham cracker crumbs
¼ cup unsalted butter
½ 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 medium saucepan, melt the ½ cup of butter over low heat. Once melted, remove from heat and stir in the powdered sugar until smooth. Stir in the peanut butter and graham cracker crumbs until completely combined and smooth. Spread the peanut butter mixture into the prepared pan and smooth the top.

In the now-empty saucepan, melt the ¼ cup unsalted butter. Add the chocolate and stir until almost completely melted. Remove from heat and continue stirring until completely melted. Pour the melted chocolate over the 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.

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