No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

The oven’s broken. Can you believe that? As you can imagine, I’m kind of at a loss as to what to do with myself. We’ve had no tasty treats in the house for almost a week, and we are used to fresh-baked tasty treats around here. So what do you do when you have no oven? You look for some no-bake treats! There are lots of recipes on the boards, but the one that really caught my eye was the one for No Bake Peanut Butter Bars from  Six Sisters. The photo on Pinterest looks like this:

Ingredients
1 cup butter melted
2 cups graham cracker crumbs (use the boxed kind, or grind them in a food processor. Tiny granules.)
2 cups confectioners’ sugar (aka powdered sugar)
1 cup + 4 tablespoons peanut butter
1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips

Directions
In a medium bowl, mix together the melted butter, graham cracker crumbs, confectioners’ sugar, and 1 cup peanut butter until well blended. Press evenly into the bottom of an ungreased 9×13 inch pan. (I did mine in a 9X9 square pan because I wanted them thicker) In the microwave, melt the chocolate chips with the peanut butter, stirring every 30 seconds until melted until smooth. Spread over the peanut butter layer. Refrigerate for at least one hour before cutting into squares.

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First I got the graham crackers together in a food processor. If you get a box of graham crackers with three packs of crackers inside, two packs of crackers will yield two cups of crumbs.

I ground them up until they were finely chopped.

Then they were mixed with the other ingredients in the mixing bowl.

The final result was a lot like shortbread dough.

Even though the recipe said that the pan didn’t need to be greased, I figured things would be easier later on if I lined the pan with wax paper.

The dough was placed in the pan and pressed evenly so that it was about 1/2 inch thick.

Then I melted the chocolate chips, which was mixed with four tablespoons of peanut butter. I also added a tablespoon of butter to give it a more mild flavor. I didn’t have milk chocolate chips, so I used semi-sweet.

The chocolate mixture was enough to cover the pan.

Then it went into the refrigerator for an hour or two.

With the wax paper, it was easy to lift out of the pan.

And then I just cut it into squares. Yummy!!

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