Flower and Sugar

Peanut Butter Bars

Welcome to the March Edition of Matt’s Baking of the Month Club. It was Matt’s turn Wednesday to bring in lunch for his co-workers. Matt and his co-workers have what they call “Soup Day” on Wednesdays. One person brings in lunch (often soup – especially in the winter) for everybody in the rotation. It’s a nice way to get a warm lunch and for them to take a bit of time to socialize. I let Matt pick the treat to take in as his treat for March. He had a couple options and had already chosen a recipe, then a co-worker of mine emailed this recipe and Matt quickly changed his mind!

For Soup Day I sent sloppy joes with homemade pickles and some chips in addition to these bars. I’ll be sharing the other recipes later this week. Apparently, these peanut butter bars were so popular they were gone before they even ate lunch! Just a tip for all the ladies out there: if you need a treat for guys – peanut butter is the way to go. As a bonus, they are one of the easiest treats I have ever made and are decent knock-off for Reses Peanut Butter Cups!

Recipe (From Bakerlady)

For the Peanut Butter Layer

  • 1 cup butter melted
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter

Melt the butter and mix in the graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar, and peanut butter into the melted butter. I lined a 9x13 pan with tinfoil so I could easily remove the bars, and spread the mixture evenly into the bottom of the pan.

For the Chocolate layer

  • 4 Tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 ½ cups chocolate chips

Melt the chocolate chips and peanut butter together in a heatproof bowl. I used the microwave and checked on it every 30 seconds. When it was mixable, I mixed it until all the pieces of chocolate were melted and smooth. Then evenly spread the chocolate over the peanut butter layer.

Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before cutting. I cut them into 1.5x1.5 inch pieces and got 48 bars. These are pretty rich so that size was big enough for us!

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