Monday, January 19, 2015

Wonderfully Easy Peanut Butter Bars!

These are pretty wonderful peanut butter bars... we have been enjoying them. You see... we like peanut butter cups, but they tend to be rather sickening sweet... so I have taken a recipe and changed it to reduce the sweetness. They are still sweet... but not overly so.




 I wanted LOTS of peanut butter flavor...and not as much sweetness, so I increased the peanut butter, decreased the sugar and more. The result is really good. :)

They are so simple also... just put the graham cracker crumbs and peanut butter in the bowl.....

Add powdered sugar and melted butter and mix it all up.

I made these to put on Christmas plates we took to neighbors this year. One neighbor wanted the recipe.... BUT I didn't really have one since I tweaked here and there.  So, I told her I would make them again and actually measure. I'm not all that good at measuring usually... you know... a little of this and a little of that... :)
It's  that easy.... 

So I did... I made another 9" x 13" pan.... and we gave some to other neighbors... and my family ate "some" and the bars were all gone. The kids suggested that I should make another pan... and I did because we were having company... and the bars were all gone. The kids kept encouraging me to "test the recipe again".... and of course, the bars were eaten up quickly. :)
 Press it into a lightly greased 9" x 13" pan.

It became a joke.... see, I wanted to send a few of the bars to my neighbor along with the recipe, but each time, the bars were gone too fast or the neighbors weren't home when the bars were ready. The one day, I made a little plate of the bars right away after the bars were done. They were on a plate and wrapped up...ready to go, but I didn't have the recipe written out yet.... well, my husband got home from work... and got into the plate of bars!!! *sigh* The whole family loves these. :)

Pour melted chocolate over and spread it over the peanut butter layer.  They can be left plain like this... or add toffee bits to the top of the melted chocolate.

So far, I have made about 6 pans of these bars in the last few weeks!!!! By the way, my neighbor still hasn't gotten the bars or the recipe, so I plan to try it again. The kids are pretty glad..... and I bought more peanut butter- after all, each pan of these takes about 3/4 of a regular jar of peanut butter!!!   :)
 Chill and cut...... and enjoy.

They really are good!  This plate went to church on Sunday....  we have a potluck fellowship meal twice a month.











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                  Wonderfully Easy Peanut Butter Bars
 2 1/2 cups crushed graham crackers
  1 1/2 cups peanut butter (we like crunchy)
  1 cup butter, melted
  2 cups powdered sugar
                                          Mix  first 4 ingredients together. Press into lightly greased 9"x13" pan.
  2 cups melted chocolate chips... (semi sweet or milk chocolate or mix the two)
                                           Spread melted chocolate over the peanut butter layer. Smooth out. Add
                                   toffee chips to the melted chocolate, if desired. Chill and cut. Enjoy. :)

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40 comments:

  1. Over here from Stephanie's link party --
    These bars look delicious!! I'm pinning them for future reference.
    They're on my "make soon" list!

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    1. Glad you stopped by.... I hope you like these... I really don't think you will be disappointed.... be warned though, they are REALLY good... and REALLY easy to eat. :)

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  2. This makes me want to go and try making some of these now!

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    1. They are really fast and easy to make. :) Thank you for visiting.

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  3. Wow the bars are sooo easy! I know your kids loved them since the neighbors haven't gotten any yet...too funny! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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    1. Yes, they do love them.... and they are asking for another pan... soon. I walked my younger daughter through making them last time, so I may turn the job over to her. :) I will limit how many we make though!!! :) Thank you for stopping by.

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  4. OOH! This recipe just looks wonderful and I love the simple ingredients in it as well. Since your family has taste tested it to be awesome, I know it will be. :)

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    1. It is... yes, I think the recipe has been pretty thoroughly tested here!!! :) They are asking to test it again. :) Thank you for visiting.

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  5. Oh my they look delicious. I will definitely share this recipe with my daughter. She loves peanut butter.

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    1. Thank you.... I hope she enjoys them. :)

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  6. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe, that I didn't need to see! They look too tempting and too easy to prepare for someone trying to lose weight. Oh well, where's my peanut butter?!!! (smiles)
    Chris
    So Much At Home

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    1. I know what you mean... and we have had 6, SIX pans of these things here in the last few weeks!!!! Giving them away and having so many people in the house eating them saved me from eating too many. :) They are really good though. :)

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  7. Oh my, these look so good! I am a lover of peanut butter so this recipe is right up my alley! Definitely going to try these sometime soon :)

    Thank you, my dear, for sharing at Roses of Inspiration. Have a blessed day!

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    1. Good- I hope you enjoy them as much as we do! :) It was nice to find Roses of Inspiration... thank you. :)

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  8. Oh wow these look so yummy, yes please :)

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    1. I know what you mean... peanut butter and chocolate just seem to fit together. :)

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  10. Oh Yum! These look delicious. Thanks for sharing at Oh My Heartsie Girls WW. :)

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

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    1. They are... :) Thank you for visiting.

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  11. So yummy! We make something similar, but add a whipped cream topping and call it Reese Dessert :) You can never go wrong with PB and chocolate!!
    Thanks for linking up with us!
    Katie @ Sweet Little Ones

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    1. Yummm... that sounds good also... I do not think we will make that right away though, since I am already using up so much peanut butter!!! :) Thank you for visiting...

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  12. Just popping by from the weekend blog link up party. These bars look so yummy! Great post-workout snack idea for my gym bag!

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    1. Thank you... good idea about the snack idea... may need to work out a little longer first though. :) Thank you for visiting.

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  13. awwwwwwm love your recipe!!!hugs, angie from germany

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    1. Thank you.... it is a delicious, fast, simple and easy treat!!! :) Thank you for visiting.

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  14. These sound so yummy! And so simple even I could make them, LOL! I think I have all the ingredients to try, yay! Thanks for adding me on G+!

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    1. They are yummy and easy.... if you try them once.... I suspect you may be making them again. :) At least we have!!! Nice to be friends w/ you on G+... thank you for stopping by. :)

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  15. Your making my mouth water! These looks delicious, so glad you shared your post on the HomeAcre Hop! Hope to see you again tomorrow!
    - Nancy
    On The Home Front

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    1. These are good.... makes my mouth water to think of them again too!!! Thank you for visiting... and for the great link up party. :)

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  16. Mmmm, those sound delicious! Pinning!
    -Leia @ Eat It & Say Yum

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    1. Thank you... they are... thanks for pinning! :)

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  17. These look delicious, I can imagine they wouldn't last, that happens here too. Thanks for sharing this great recipe at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

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    1. No, they don't last very long at all! :) Thank you for visiting.... and for the link up party. :)

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  18. We love anything resembling peanut butter cups over here! I will save this recipe! :) Thanks for sharing Joy! With a cup of cold, raw milk and some of these bars, I think I would really enjoy myself!

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    1. We do too!.... especially since these have the great flavor without being so terrible over-sweet. :) Yes, I think you would really enjoy yourself... when Mom and Dad visit, Dad always likes his sweets with a big glass of milk too. :) Raw milk is even better... we can't get it right now, but hope to again someday. :) Glad you stopped by.

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