No-Bake Peanut Butter Squares

Who doesn’t like peanut butter cups? I mean, people that may go into anaphylactic shock may not be raging for a pb cup. That being said, I can only assume that if peanut butter cups wouldn’t kill them, they would be down, cause they are delicious.

Something needed to be made for my boyfriend’s Mom for her recent birthday and I know she isn’t a huge cake fan but she is on the other hand a huge peanut butter cup fan. She always prefers dark chocolate so I topped these with dark chocolate but there just as easily could be topped with milk or semi-sweet depending on your preference.

Theses squares are quick to come together and super delicious, so for me they make the perfect dessert in a pinch. Easier to make that peanut butter balls and takes up 10 minutes max of your time. You have nothing to loose!

No-Bake Peanut Butter Squares

 

recipe adapted from Hollywood Squares on Homesteading House Wife

  • 2 cups of smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup salted butter, melted
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • a pinch of salt

Chocolate Topping

  • 1/2 cup (rounded) of dark chocolate chips
  • 1+1/2 tbsp smooth peanut butter

Method

Prepare a 8×11 inch pan tin foil or parchment paper letting the extra hang off the edges so when the squares are chilled you can remove them easily from the pan.
In a microwave safe bowl, melt butter. Add melted butter to a large bowl with peanut butter, icing sugar, brown sugar, graham cracker crumbs, vanilla extract, and salt. Mix until completely combined.
Turn out the peanut butter batter into the prepared dish and with a spatula press into the sides of the dish until the layer is as even as possible.
In a medium sized microwavable dish add chocolate chips and peanut butter and heat about 20-30 seconds at a time removing to stir until it’s all melted. Pour on top of the peanut butter layer and smooth out with a clean spatula.
Chill squares in the fridge for at least 2 hours but preferably longer, Cut with a warm knife and store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.
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