Peanut butter and chocolate is one of my favorite combinations. Nick isn't a fan so I don't make things with peanut butter very often but during the holiday season I indulge! I know that most of the baking and things I'll be making will be heading out the door to friends and family, but I still get a taste (who am I kidding, I kept half a pan!) of these.
There's just something about the creamy peanut butter filling topped with a thick layer of chocolate. They're not safe in my house, I tell you! There's a reason I only make these peanut butter bars once a year.
Try them and you'll know why. Or avoid them and try another tempting recipe for Christmas sweets.
A perfect Christmas recipe
There are many, many recipes for peanut butter bars - with crushed up graham crackers or even pretzels but I prefer the simple combination of peanut butter and confectioners' sugar - it stays creamy and smooth, like a peanut butter cup (and I bet this recipe would make great peanut butter cups, I'm just too lazy to make them when I can just press all that peanut buttery goodness into a pan and be done with it!).
Peanut Butter Bars
Makes 32 small pieces
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups peanut butter
- 2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1 bag (or 2 cups) chocolate chips
Using a medium-sized mixing bowl, melt the butter in the microwave. Add the brown sugar and vanilla to the melted butter and stir until the brown sugar has dissolved. Add the peanut butter and stir until it has combined with the other ingredients. Finally, add the confectioners' sugar and mix well (you might need to get your hands in there to make sure it's all incorporated with no lumps). Press the mixture into a 9x13 pan that has been lined with waxed paper.
Melt the chocolate chips in the same bowl and pour over the peanut butter mixture. Spread the chocolate evenly over the top and let cool. When it's cooled, use the waxed paper to lift it out of the pan and cut it into squares.
Store in a covered container and enjoy your peanut butter bars!