Introduction: How to Make Peanut Butter Bars

This instructable will show you how to make peanut butter bars that taste just like Reeses Peanut Butter Cups.

Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients

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

Melt 1/2 cup of butter on low heat.

Step 3: Adding Some Sugar

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

Step 4: Get Mixin'

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

Step 5: Getting the Pan Ready

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

Step 6: Spread

Spread mixture into pan, patting down evenly.

Step 7: Soften Butter

In same pot, on low heat, melt butter.

Step 8: Melting the Chocolate

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

Spread over peanut butter layer. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Step 10: Cut Into Bars

Cut into bars and ENJOY! :) 

Store peanut butter bars in refrigerator.

Comments

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Yoshi cat (author)2011-08-23

will it work if i don't have icing sugar?

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Sheila2011 (author)2011-04-28

Do i have to bake peanut butter bars?

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Perturabo (author)2010-12-21

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.

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maltesergr8 (author)2010-10-17

Yumm!! Will be making this week ;)

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minhazwaris (author)2010-02-09

 umm we dont have graham crackers in england ,what can be used instead of them??

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leilaninoel (author)minhazwaris2010-02-10

try plain digestive biscuits, maybe?

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PS - make sure you use icing sugar - I thought confectioner's sugar was caster sugar and it turned out a bit gritty.

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I used arnotts milk coffee biscuits (well the home brand equivalent) - do you have those in England?

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Spiderdog3000 (author)2010-02-09

 Does the type of peanut butter matter? 

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Nope. I used Skippy creamy peanut butter, but any kind of creamy peanut butter works.

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 Okay. Because I was wondering if it would affect the taste if you were to use organic, no sugar added, etc. peanut butter.

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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.

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IBreakHeavyStuff (author)2010-06-11

Just tried my first batch. They worked out great! I used milk-coffee biscuits because we don't have graham crackers.

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IBreakHeavyStuff (author)2010-06-11

=) 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 =).

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jasonwebb (author)2010-05-25

 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 :)

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jasonwebb (author)2010-03-12

 You list "butter" here twice in different amounts, did you combine them or use one or the other?

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fhcapt (author)jasonwebb2010-03-13

You didn't read the whole thing, did you? 

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Logan Cade (author)2010-02-27

 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.

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Logan Cade (author)2010-02-27

 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!!

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nancy in dallas (author)2010-02-12

yummy! On my 'to bake' list! Thanks for sharing.

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jtp139 (author)2010-02-10

my husband will worship me for these, hmm  these could come in handy...

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locodiego (author)2010-02-10

I'm going to make these for a party this weekend.
Yum!

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icebird (author)2010-02-10

Oh, I will.

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jsteman (author)2010-02-09

 way to get featured! woo hoo

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jmelyn (author)2010-02-09

 These look very yummy! I will try to make them myself!!

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jsteman (author)2010-02-09

 THEY LOOK AMAZING!

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