This recipe was given to me by a neighbour about 20 years ago. Living in a house with four children you can bet peanut butter was a favourite so these were a natural hit! One son used to request these bars for his “birthday” cake! On your birthday, anything goes, so instead of making bars? I pressed the peanut butter mixture into a springform pan, topped with chocolate, let it set then wrote, “Happy Birthday Ryan!” on top!
Now I will be the first to tell you, health bars, these are not! I have recently started doing them as individual cups in order to help with portion control. However, I will not be held responsible for how many of these you eat! And may I suggest a nice cold glass of milk? Normally I am all about the coffee but these bars/cups need something to tone down the sweetness.
3 1/2 cups Icing Sugar
1 1/2 cups Peanut Butter
1 cup Butter
1 1/2 cups Graham Crumbs
1 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla
1 1/2 cups Chocolate Chips
1 Tablespoon Butter
In medium saucepan melt peanut butter and butter.
Stir in icing sugar, one cup at a time and stirring well after each addition.
Add graham crumbs and vanilla, mixing well.
Press into a 9X13 (3.3l) pan.*
Melt chocolate and 1 Tbsp butter over very low heat, stirring constantly until completely melted and no lumps remain.
Spread over base; cool until chocolate has set.
Cut into bars.
* Line 48 mini muffin cups with paper liners.
Use a two ounce scoop to fill each cup; press each filling firmly into cup.
Using a small coffee spoon (Aussie style!) top each peanut butter cup with melted chocolate, swirling to cover entire top.
Cool until chocolate has set.