An easy no-bake recipe for peanut butter bars with chocolate frosting.
Some days were made for baking. When it’s cool outside, and you have lots of un-interrupted time and lots of fresh produce in your fridge, there is nothing better than spending a few hours creating marvelous meals and desserts. The kitchen gets all warm from the oven, and the house smells like brownies, or apple pie, or pot roast.
I believe in days like that. I can’t remember the last time I experienced one, but I believe they exist.
More frequently, I find myself with a great desire to bake, but with an empty pantry and a full calendar. Some day, my life will be calm. Today, I struggle to put dinner on the table in the twenty minutes we are all together between karate classes and piano lessons and homework. So today, I am making a treat that requires NO baking, only a FEW ingredients, and can be done QUICKLY. It’s the perfect weekday treat for a busy family.
I’m going to warn you now, though… DON’T lick the bowl. Just don’t.
Did you know you can purchase graham cracker crumbs in a box? Gone are the days of putting crackers in a ziploc bag and smashing them with a rolling pin. Gone are the days of using the bulky food processor to turn crackers into crumbs. Welcome the days of buying them already crushed! It’s a major time saver. Take your already crushed graham cracker crumbs and mix them with powdered sugar, butter, and peanut butter. The spread the mixture into a 9×13 pan.
Here’s the thing… if you lick the bowl, I guarantee you will take a spoon to the 9×13, before you even get it frosted. You’ll be tempted to eat the entire thing yourself, and hide the pan from your kids.
That’s not what happened to me, I’m just saying it could happen. *ahem*
You’ll frost these lovely bars with a combination of chocolate and peanut butter, which is a very lovely frosting indeed. These will need some time to cool and set up, but 30-60 minutes in the fridge ought to be enough. And that’s it. Voila! You’ll have a fabulous, no-bake, keep-them-coming-back, weekday dessert with only a few minutes of work.
I’ll guarantee you they won’t last into the weekend.
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- 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1½ cups chocolate chips
- ¼ cup peanut butter
- In a bowl, melt butter and peanut butter together. Add cracker crumbs and sugar. Stir to combine.
- Spread mixture evenly into a 9x13 pan.
- Melt chocolate chips with peanut butter in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between each, until melted and smooth.
- Pour chocolate mixture over bars, and frost evenly.
- Chill for 40-50 minutes, until chocolate is set.
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