No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

Did you run out of Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs as quickly as we did?  They were definitely the hot item during the traditional "Trading of the Candy" that follows all holidays.  Here was the general exchange rate this year:

1 Reese's Peanut Butter Egg = 1 Butterfinger Egg + 2 Mini Twix
1 Mini Twix = 1 Nerds
1 Nerds = 3 Smarties
1 Pop Rocks = 2 Smarties + 2 Nerds

Of course, the older children were anxious to trick the younger kids by trading 1 Smartie for 1 Peanut Butter Egg.  I quickly stomped out trying to take advantage of uninformed traders due to age.  Stinkers.
So by the time Monday afternoon rolled around, all the coveted Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs had been inhaled.  My 4 year old was especially distraught, so we made these bars together to heal the broken Easter heart.

Yep, they are easy enough for a 4 year old to make.  Plus, they are outstanding.  I like them better than the eggs :)
No Bake Peanut Butter Bars
(recipe adapted from Six Sisters' Stuff)
2 C graham cracker crumbs (about 1 bag + 4 whole crackers ground)
1 C butter
1 C peanut butter
2 C powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 C chocolate chips (semi-sweet for richness, milk for something more mild)
1/4 C peanut butter

1.  In a large glass bowl, melt together the butter and peanut butter in the microwave for about 1 1/2 minutes.  Add the graham cracker crumbs, vanilla and powdered sugar.  Mix until combined.  Spread evenly on an ungreased 9 x 13 pan.  You can also use a 9 x 9 pan and have a thicker cookie.
2.  Place the chocolate chips and peanut butter into a small glass bowl and microwave for 1 1/2 minutes.  Use a rubber spatula to combine and mix until the chocolate is melted completely.  Spread evenly over the peanut butter mixture.  Refrigerate for an hour before serving.
***Gluten-Free:  Use gluten free graham cracker crumbs!


Natasha Cocker said...

Hi, this looks amazing as I love peanut butter cups. I live in Australia-What is a graham cracker? Thanks-Tash

Carole said...

Natasha - They are sweet crackers that are made from graham flour. More of a cookie really than a cracker. You will have to google it to see what I am talking about and figure out what best substitute you could find in Australia!

Cori George said...

Where does the vanilla go in this recipe? Am I missing it? :)

Carole said...

Thanks Cori! I was missing it in the recipe directions. All fixed now. I hope you love them as much as we do!

Cori George said...

I made these for a party the other night, and kept overhearing people saying they were DIVINE. So yummy. I'm making them again tonight! Thanks for the recipe!