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February 20, 2009

Peanut Butter Cup Bars

Okay, this is one serious treat.  Reese’s peanut butter cups have been a constant in my life since I can remember.  They’re still the absolute best “candy bar” on the face of the planet, hands down.  I prefer the classic shape, but Jim always surprises me with the festive holiday shapes too.  Either way, it’s nothing but good.  Eaten nice and cold straight from the fridge.  Mmm.

Remember those commercials?

“You got chocolate in my peanut butter!”

“You got peanut butter on my chocolate!”


cue the music…

Two great tastes that taste great together.  Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

Anyway, I guess I’m dating myself a little since that was a 70s commercial.  So back to why we’re here.  This quick and easy treat is awesome!  If you love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter, you will love these peanut butter cup bars.  The recipe comes from Must Love Chutney, and I thank her profusely.  This is definitely one I will make again and again.  And the clincher is that the bars are kept refrigerated, so they’re cold and chocolaty and peanut buttery…..   Gotta go.  I believe there’s a peanut butter cup bar calling my name.

Recipe:  Peanut Butter Cup Bars

1/2 c. butter

1 3/4 c. confectioner’s sugar

1 c. peanut butter

3/4 c. graham cracker crumbs

1/4 c. butter

1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

(Line a 8×8″, 9×9″, or 7×11″ pan with foil for easy removal of bars later.)

Melt 1/2 c. butter of low heat.  Remove from heat and stir in confectioner’s sugar.  Add peanut butter and graham cracker crumbs, stirring until creamy.  Spread mixture into pan, patting down evenly.

In same pot, on low heat, melt butter.  Add chocolate chips and stir until chips are nearly melted and very soft.  Remove from heat and continue stirring until chocolate is smooth and shiny.  Spread over peanut butter layer.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes.  Cut into bars.

Store peanut butter cup bars in refrigerator.

34 Comments leave one →
  1. February 20, 2009 5:36 pm

    Ohhhhh wow. just wow. I LOVE peanut butter cups (who doesn’t!) and I know if I made these, no one else would get any. Yummm!

  2. February 20, 2009 7:31 pm

    Wanna hear something crazy? I don’t like peanut butter or chocolate on their own. But together? Well, together something magical happens and then I LOVE ’em.

    Peanut Butter cups are the only candy bars I’ll eat.

    Thanks for sharing the recipe!!

  3. February 20, 2009 9:17 pm

    Yum! I used to make these with my best friend in middle school, but I haven’t had any in years…I’ll have to give these a try!

  4. bakergirlcreations permalink
    February 20, 2009 11:49 pm

    Those look great! Think that is a keeper recipe :)

  5. February 21, 2009 5:23 am

    This has to be my favorite recipe from when I was a little kid. I haven’t had them in sooo long, and now I must make some of my own. This is the only recipe where I could literally eat the whole batch by myself. Thanks for the memories!

  6. February 21, 2009 10:00 pm

    Those look awesome!

  7. February 22, 2009 7:03 am

    Oh my goodness. I just made these and have already eaten two…sigh…they are heaven. Thank you!! Thank you!!!!!

  8. sumshay permalink
    February 22, 2009 1:43 pm

    Delectable, delicious, scrumptious, amazing…
    Not enough synonyms to describe how perfect Peanut Butter and Chocolate are together.

  9. Dani permalink
    February 22, 2009 10:00 pm

    These are AMAZING!!!! I so wish there had been more to eat. I cannot wait to make them for my next get together.

  10. February 22, 2009 10:53 pm

    These look so DAMN good – wow incredible!!

  11. February 24, 2009 8:30 pm

    Yum Yum Yum!!! I am going to have to try these! They look delicious. :)

    I also wanted to say thank you for stopping by my blog!

  12. February 25, 2009 1:17 am

    Mm, talk about instant gratification- These look so easy and delicious!

  13. February 25, 2009 5:01 am

    I literally think I’m getting fatter just looking at this. Reese’s are my favorite candy, and peanut butter and chocolate are my favorite foods…so this is like food porn haha

  14. February 25, 2009 2:52 pm

    I love these things and I need to make them again soon! Yours turned out so perfectly. Do you find them hard to cut? I do.

  15. oneordinaryday permalink
    February 25, 2009 3:01 pm

    I love them too, Robin Sue! I made mine in a 7×11″ biscuit pan lined with foil, so after they chilled a bit I just lifted them out and used a pizza cutter to slice right through. They are soooo good!
    – Shell

  16. oneordinaryday permalink
    February 26, 2009 12:21 pm

    Julia – yep, really hard to share!
    Ingrid – that’s funny! Let me know if you try these. My sister says they taste BETTER than peanut butter cups.
    Sara – I wish I’d have known about these growing up. I’d have eaten them all the time.
    Bakinggirlcreation – thank you!!
    Hayley – why didn’t my mom know about this recipe! (sigh)
    Michelle – thank you!
    sumshay – I promise one of these days you’ll get to actually eat one of these recipes. : )
    Dani – we should have hidden them from the kids – we’d have gotten to eat more!
    Cathy – they ARE damn good!
    Deseree – let me know if you try the recipe. They are awesome.
    BitterSweet – Mmm. No more needs to be said – try them.
    Olivia – LOL They’re totally worth the extra calories.

  17. Christina permalink
    February 27, 2009 3:01 pm

    WOW!! I don’t even like peanut butter. But peanut butter cups and from the looks of it, this dessert, is a whole nother story!! As a kid, the lunch ladies in school made a dessert that looked like these, and I totally loved them!! I’ve never been able to recreate them, but these look like they are the same thing – I’m making them right now! Even if they’re not exactly the same dessert that I remember, they look like a great new fav!! Thank you!

  18. Jess permalink
    March 1, 2009 3:46 pm

    Has anyone tried these with cinnamon graham crackers? I love them & I wonder if they would be good in this.

  19. oneordinaryday permalink
    March 23, 2009 9:06 pm

    Christina – I love when recipes bring back memories of when we were kids!

    Jess – Let me know if you try it, please. I’d love to hear what you think.

    – Michelle

  20. Christina permalink
    March 24, 2009 8:12 pm

    I’ve made these about 6 times since finding the recipe! Not good! It’s not like they’re low fat or anything! Anyway, they are definitely addictive! Every time I finish a pan off, I tell myself I won’t make any more for a while….wrong! Later that same day I’m usually grinding up graham crackers! The only thing I changed with the recipe is the chocolate. I use Ghirardelli milk chocolate mixed with a little semi sweet. Then I use cream and make a thick ganache instead of using butter. YUMMY!! Again, thank you so very much for this great, easy recipe! (my fat thighs thank you too!)

  21. oneordinaryday permalink
    March 25, 2009 6:23 pm

    Christina – I’m really glad you love the recipe! My family fought over them when I took them to a wknd. at our parents’. People were actually trying to hide them! They are amazingly delish. : )
    – Michelle

  22. March 26, 2009 11:12 pm

    wow. thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I have three similar recipes floating around my computer — but this one is perfect. easy and yummy and they taste just like Reese’s which amazes me. :)

  23. June 22, 2009 4:11 am

    Would it be possible to use your photo of the chocolate PB bar? I am posting recipe on my web site but mine is sugar free with stevia. Thanks,


  24. July 1, 2009 2:23 am

    They look so good I’m going to make them right now. I’ll let you know how they turn out. Thanks so much for the recipe.

  25. bakingblonde permalink
    July 5, 2009 5:38 pm

    I just made these as well and they were great!

  26. Bella Swan permalink
    September 21, 2009 2:16 pm

    THESE ARE AMAZZZING!!! I Love the soft chewy peanut butter with the awesome fudge!! Mhm, im going to make more later!

  27. Candi permalink
    January 3, 2010 4:54 am

    I just made this and I am literally weak in the knees!

  28. Debby permalink
    August 24, 2010 1:04 am

    I made them and gave them out at Christmas. They were a HIT!!! I dated a man from Czech Republic (whose visiting Canada) and he LOVED them :) I earned a special spot in his heart for those treats. Thank you.

  29. hannah1433 permalink
    September 9, 2010 4:50 pm

    Oh my goodness this was delicious!

  30. Andrea permalink
    October 6, 2012 2:50 pm

    These are fantastic! They are very quick and simple to make! Thank you for sharing this great recipe!


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