Almost Reese’s Peanut Butter Bars

Somehow I have two huge jars of opened peanut butter taking up space in my kitchen cabinet.  I decided to rectify this situation by making a Family Home Evening treat with peanut butter last night.  I searched around a found this recipe on culinary hill.com.  They claimed easy, no bake, Grandma’s “Almost Reese’s” recipe.  Right up my ally and all my kids favorite candy is Reese’s so I decided to give it a god.  Totally easy, just beware that they need to sit up in the fridge for about 3 hours before they are ready to eat.  Everyone loved them.  They are super rich so a small piece will do.  We ended up delivering them to a bunch of neighbors after family home evening.  Too good to keep the whole pan around tempting me for the rest of the week.

ALMOST REESE’S PEANUT BUTTER BARS

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 C brown sugar
  • 1 3/4 C powdered sugar
  • 10 Tbsp butter, room temperature, divided,
  • 1 1/2 C peanut butter
  • 1 C milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Directions:

  1. Line 8 inch or 9 inch square pan with aluminum foil (or wax paper or should work without either too).
  2. In large bowl, cream 5 Tbsp butter, brown sugar, and powdered sugar until smooth.  Stir in peanut butter.  Mix well and press into prepared pan.
  3. In small, microwave-safe bowl, heat chocolate chips and remaining 5 Tbsp butter for 1 minutes.  Stir carefully and continue to microwave if necessary in 30-second increments until smooth, stirring after each increment.  Pour over peanut butter crust and spread evenly.
  4. Chill until firm, at least 3 hours or overnight.  Let stand 10 minutes at room temperature before serving (totally skipped that part–do you think my people were going to stare at that delicious chocolate/peanut butter conglomeration for 10 minutes?)  Store left overs in the refrigerator.
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