Saturday, October 27, 2012

No-Bake Reese's Bars

     Looking for a faster than fast, delicious, no-bake dessert bar? These are your winner right here! No-Bake Reese's Bars can be thrown together in no time. They are tasting little buggers. Impressive! They taste exactly like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups! No joke! 

     I made these last week for the football team, and as I like treats to be "pretty" when they go into the team, I trimmed all around the 9x13 pan of bars so that each and every edge on every single bar would be straight. What did I do with a whole pile of 9x13 inch pan worth of scraps? ...Eat them of course! Yes, by myself. (*hang head in shame*)...I see a pattern developing here.

     They were just so darn good! I couldn't help it. I then continued to hold a few more back for myself than I usually do before I took them in to the locker room. I just couldn't stop misbehaving with these. They are very addicting. I suggest you have a giveaway plan in place before you make and eat a whole pan yourself.

No-Bake Reese's Bars
I found the recipe on this blog. The author did not site where it came from. I know this is an oldie so my guess is that it is not originally created by this author. But I do my best to give credit where credit is due and this is where I got it. 

1 cup of butter melted
2 cups of graham cracker crumbs (Crush your own, or buy already crumbed)
2 cups of powdered sugar
1 cup of peanut butter
1 1/2 cups of semi sweet chocolate chips
4 TB of peanut butter

In mixing bowl mix the melted butter, graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar, and 1 cup of peanut butter. mix until well blended.

Line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper, waxed paper or tin foil so that it hangs over the two long edges - (for easy lift out/removal)

Press the crumb mixture evenly and tightly into the bottom of the ungreased lined pan.

In a medium microwave safe bowl melt the chocolate chips and 4 TB peanut butter 1 minute. Stir, melt repeatedly in 30 sec intervals stirring vigorously in between until chocolate is completely melted.  (Mine took only 1 - 30 second interval)

Once the chocolate mixture is melted well, stir well and then carefully spread the mixture on top of the pressed crumb mixture. I suggest making little globs of chocolate piles all over the top and then spreading them carefully with a spatula from each pile to cover the whole top of the pan of bars.

Pop in the fridge, uncovered for at least an hour to harden.

Remove from fridge, lift the bars out by the sides of the parchment paper/waxed paper/tinfoil, and continue to cut bars in the desired size.

Store bars in the fridge covered in an airtight container for up to 1 week or freeze. Can be stored at room temp, but I like mine in the fridge.

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