Sunday, June 3, 2012

Sweet Return

Hi All!  Comin' back to the blogging world, it's been a while as last month was really quite a month.  There were some good times, some stressful times, some tired times- glad to be in June and kickin' off the Summer.

I was pinning away last night (mostly food recipes) when a little light popped on inside my over-tired head.  I decided- "hey, what's the point of pinning things just to stare at them?"- I should start implementing these things:  DIY projects, baking recipes, using tips/tricks for organizing, etc.  I told D to scroll through all the food recipes I had saved to date and pick one, I would then cook or bake it the next day.  Fast forward to today and what did he choose.......................

Reese's Peanut Butter Bars

photo via Bakerlady

I found the recipe via Pinterest- came from Bakerlady's Blog (I think she found the recipe somewhere else, yet I followed her instructions because I like her style).  She brought her laptop into the kitchen to read the recipe from (which is what I did), and she also would rather microwave the chocolate chips rather than heat them over a stove top to slowly melt- uuuuummm, yes.  Shortcuts please.  Since I dubbed her my baking bud, I followed her recipe and took photos along the way in case any of you may want to try it: 

Reese’s Peanut Butter Bars

(from Let’s Dish, but followed from Bakerlady's Blog)

1 cup butter melted (2 sticks)

2 cups graham cracker crumbs (use the boxed kind, or grind them in a food processor. Tiny granules.  I put the whole grahams in a Ziploc bag and let my husband go at it with the rolling pin).

2 cups confectioners’ sugar (powdered sugar)

1 cup + 4 tablespoons peanut butter

1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

In a medium bowl, mix together the melted butter, graham cracker crumbs, confectioners’ sugar, and 1 cup peanut butter until well blended. Press evenly into the bottom of an ungreased 9×13 inch pan. In a metal bowl over simmering water, or in the microwave, melt the chocolate chips with the peanut butter, stirring occasionally until smooth. Spread over the peanut butter layer. Refrigerate for at least one hour before cutting into squares.

My Rating: Easy and OH SO DELICIOUS!

I gathered the ingredients first, choosing unsalted butter and natural PB with no hydrogenated oils, if it's possible to make anything somewhat healthier, I'll give it a whirl.

I then mixed together the ingredients for the base level:
Powdered sugar, peanut butter, and butter.

Then firmly press the mixture into an ungreased pan:

I then proceeded with the chocolate mixture for the top layer, melting the chocolate chips and peanut butter in the microwave for about 75 seconds, then stir together until fully melted into a soft mixture.  Then pour and spread onto top of the base layer (if you have an awesome husband, he'll help you out).

Done, ready to stick in the refrigerator to chill for at least an hour:

Once chilled, time to cut and serve.

Hope you'll try it, it is so darn scrumptious!


Faith said...

that looks so delish! makes me want to make it ... but i hate peanut butter. hubs would love this so maybe i can make it when we are having a gathering or something.

Nicole-Lynn said...

These look so good! I will have to try them out when I have an excuse to make them for someone else so I don't end up eating the whole batch! :)

Haus and Home said...

These look amazing!