How to Make Peanut Butter Bars

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This instructable will show you how to make peanut butter bars that taste just like Reeses Peanut Butter Cups.
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Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients

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1/2 cup butter
1 3/4 cups confectioner's sugar
1 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips

Step 2: Melting

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Melt 1/2 cup of butter on low heat.

Step 3: Adding Some Sugar

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Remove the melted butter from the stove and stir in confectioner's sugar.

Step 4: Get Mixin'

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Add peanut butter and graham cracker crumbs, stirring until creamy.

Step 5: Getting the Pan Ready

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Line 8x8, 9x9, or 7x11 pan with foil for easy removal of bars.

Step 6: Spread

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Spread mixture into pan, patting down evenly.

Step 7: Soften Butter

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In same pot, on low heat, melt butter.

Step 8: Melting the Chocolate

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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.

Step 9: The Final Spread

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Spread over peanut butter layer. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Step 10: Cut Into Bars

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Cut into bars and ENJOY! :) 

Store peanut butter bars in refrigerator.

Yoshi cat3 years ago
will it work if i don't have icing sugar?
Sheila20114 years ago
Do i have to bake peanut butter bars?
Perturabo4 years ago
I've made these several times now, they come out great! I like trying different kinds of graham crackers and different degrees of smashing the heck out of them, the bars turn out good when there's a little crunch, too.
maltesergr84 years ago
Yumm!! Will be making this week ;)
minhazwaris5 years ago
 umm we dont have graham crackers in england ,what can be used instead of them??
try plain digestive biscuits, maybe?
PS - make sure you use icing sugar - I thought confectioner's sugar was caster sugar and it turned out a bit gritty.
I used arnotts milk coffee biscuits (well the home brand equivalent) - do you have those in England?
 Does the type of peanut butter matter? 
holdenleslie (author)  Spiderdog30005 years ago
Nope. I used Skippy creamy peanut butter, but any kind of creamy peanut butter works.
 Okay. Because I was wondering if it would affect the taste if you were to use organic, no sugar added, etc. peanut butter.
I used organic peanut butter. It was tasty! But not quite salty enough. It really needs the extra salt to cut the sweetness of the chocolate.
Just tried my first batch. They worked out great! I used milk-coffee biscuits because we don't have graham crackers.
=) Done! In the fridge hardening now. Can't wait. I told my flatemate they take all night to harden so I don't have to share =).
jasonwebb5 years ago
 I make this recipe every week. This + glass of milk = best night-time snack ever. I personally like using butterscotch / regular chocolate chips mix (you can buy them that way). I've also found that the amount of butter you use in the first step has a lot to do with the cooling time and degree of final consistency. Use close to or a little less than 1/2 cup of butter it'll work fine, and when you use a little more than that it will be a little more runny. But once it has over night you won't know the difference :)
jasonwebb5 years ago
 You list "butter" here twice in different amounts, did you combine them or use one or the other?
You didn't read the whole thing, did you? 
Logan Cade5 years ago
 oh, and i discovered you don't really need a pan. a piece of foil with a bit of pam works on a flat surface...i put it in the fridge and used a big long knife to cut into square...beautilious.
Logan Cade5 years ago
 Great instructable!! i just made some.  I didn't have enough powdered sugar, just about 1/3 cup and only two tablespoons of butter.  i was sure it was going to come out tasting bland, but to my surprise, it was pretty sweet and yummy! So, if you're trying to cut back on sugar and fat, it won't compromise the taste.  Thank you!!
yummy! On my 'to bake' list! Thanks for sharing.
jtp1395 years ago
my husband will worship me for these, hmm  these could come in handy...
locodiego5 years ago
I'm going to make these for a party this weekend.
icebird5 years ago
Oh, I will.
jsteman5 years ago
 way to get featured! woo hoo
jmelyn5 years ago
 These look very yummy! I will try to make them myself!!
jsteman5 years ago