December 8

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Delicious Peanut Butter Bars

I love sweets and when one comes along that I can't put down, I have to pass it along to my friends. Well, this recipe for Peanut Butter Bars definitely falls into that category. I probably gained a pound or two scarfing these things down, but trust me it was worth it!

I hope you find them as irresistible as I did!

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups creamy peanut butter (475g)
  • 10 tablespoons salted butter softened (140g)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar packed tightly (25g)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (5ml)
  • 3 1/4 cups powered sugar (405g)
  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate (115g) OR 2/3 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon shortening

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Prepare a 9"x9" baking pan by lining with aluminum foil.  Set aside.
  • Mix together peanut butter and butter until smooth and creamy.
  • Add brown sugar and vanilla extract, stir well.
  • Gradually add powdered sugar, stirring until completely combined.
  • Spread peanut butter filling into prepared pan.  To make the surface smooth and even, I like to first spread with the a spoon or spatula, and then lay a piece of wax paper over the filling and use my hands to smooth it out (see video for visual).
  • Place pan in refrigerator while you prepare your chocolate topping.
  • To prepare chocolate topping, combine chocolate pieces or chocolate chips and shortening in a small microwave-safe bowl.  Microwave for 20 seconds, stir well, and continue to heat on 15-second increments (stirring well between) until chocolate is completely melted and smooth.
  • Remove bars from refrigerator and spread chocolate evenly over the surface.
  • Return to refrigerator and chill at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.
  • Cut and serve.  Keep uneaten bars refrigerated for firmness.

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