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Peanut Butter Bars

It took me a while, but I did get around to trying out a peanut butter version of Nanaimo bars.

My hips truly wish that I hadn’t.

Now, I used natural peanut butter because that is all I have in the house and to be honest, you should pick some up for the recipe. I can’t stand hydrogenated oil and while I love butter better than anything, hydrogenated oil is evil and has no place in baking whatsover.

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Ingredients Needed:

Bottom Layer:
1/2 cup of butter
2 tbsp of sugar
1 egg
2 1/2 cups of chocolate graham wafer crumbs
1 cup of crushed peanuts

Middle Layer
1/3 cup of butter
3/4 natural peanut butter
1 cup of icing sugar
5 tbsp of cream

Topping:
1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tbsp of butter

Melt the butter and sugar together in a saucepan, when it’s melted together quickly beat in the egg, making sure there are no lumps.

Crush up a cup of peanuts and mix together with the graham crumbs. Pour the melted butter sugar mixture in and combine well.

Press into a 9×9 pan. It will feel greasy, but once it hardens in the fridge it holds together perfectly.

Cream all the ingredients for the middle layer together with your mixer.

Mmmmm. Peanutty goodness.

Spread the peanut butter mixture on top of the crumb base, due to the peanut butter it isn’t as creamy, so you can actually press it down with your hands as well.

Melt the topping mixture and pour it over the top.

If you want, you can add peanuts on top, it makes it all purty.

Refrigerate the bars for a few hours, then cut and serve.

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Peanut Butter Bars


  • Author: Karlynn Johnston
  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 30 min

Description

Peanut butter version of nanaimo squares, delish!

Ingredients

Bottom Layer:

  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 2 tbsp of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/2 cups of chocolate graham wafer crumbs
  • 1 cup of crushed peanuts

Middle Layer

  • 1/3 cup of butter
  • 3/4 natural peanut butter
  • 1 cup of icing sugar
  • 5 tbsp of cream

Topping:

  • 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp of butter

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter and sugar together in a saucepan, when it’s melted together quickly beat in the egg, making sure there are no lumps.
  2. Crush up a cup of peanuts and mix together with the graham crumbs. Pour the melted butter sugar mixture in and combine well.
  3. Press into a 9×9 pan. It will feel greasy, but once it hardens in the fridge it holds together perfectly.
  4. Cream all the ingredients for the middle layer together with your mixer.
  5. Mmmmm. Peanutty goodness.
  6. Spread the peanut butter mixture on top of the crumb base, due to the peanut butter it isn’t as creamy, so you can actually press it down with your hands as well.
  7. Melt the topping mixture and pour it over the top.
  8. If you want, you can add peanuts on top, it makes it all purty.
  9. Refrigerate the bars for a few hours, then cut and serve.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 8

 

 

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5 Comments

  • Reply
    LoriAnneBurton
    November 24, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    I made these once already and although they were fantastic, the filling was really soft and squished everywhere when I cut them. What do you mean when you say cream? I assumed it was table cream? I’m not sure, and I didn’t see many options at my local grocery store. I ended up using a couple of teaspoons of 2% milk which was probably my downfall. They are incredibly delicious and I want to make them again for my cookie exchange this year. Thank you for your great recipes, I have made several of your desserts now for a recent bake sale and everything was a hit!!

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      thekitchenmagpie
      November 24, 2015 at 5:20 pm

      LoriAnneBurton I do mean cream, but it it’s not staying together, try it without the cream entirely. OR freeze them and slice them frozen? It can all depend on the brand of peanut butter, how oily or dry it is, etc. Try mixing the middle without the cream and see how it holds up.

  • Reply
    Rebecca
    September 16, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    These look delicious! Great picture btw (first one…awesome d.o.f!!). 🙂

  • Reply
    Megan
    September 16, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    These look wonderful! Just caught them on tastespotting this morning wishing I had something more interesting than a bagel for breakfast. I like your blog name too by the way!

  • Reply
    Blackbird
    September 14, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    This reminds me of a frozen peanut butter ice cream cake I had years ago.. mmmmm.

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