I know I said I was trying to lighten things up this month, but in true Becki style I need some balance. I actually made these last month.
This recipe is one of my all-time favorite sweet confections. My mom made these, typically at Christmas, every year and now I usually make them as well. This year I decided to shake things up a bit (because we are crazy like that at my house) and make some with white chocolate. They turned out really well….I love the white chocolate candy Reese Cups, don’t you?
When I was young I was diagnosed with a slight peanut and milk allergy. I liked both so much though that I kept eating them. I had never been really all that bothered by them so I guess we didn’t think it necessary to totally avoid them. Seriously, milk and peanut butter were two of my favorite things. To give them up would have been tragic. Of course, if it was a life threatening allergy I’m sure my parents would have had me stop eating them altogether.
I started getting allergy shots for my “hay fever” and dust allergies and I guess we never really thought much more about it after that. Is hay fever really an allergy by the way? I will say that now when I eat nuts that haven’t been roasted my throat gets a bit itchy. If they are roasted they don’t seem to bother me…..it’s weird, I know. The same thing happens when I eat uncooked banana…yes, again, weird. I told my doctor about my banana problem and he told me to stop eating them…ok.
These bars are great – they are a bit sweet so we usually cut them into small little squares. They are also a breeze to make and pretty close to the real thing if I do say so myself!
These would make great treats for someone special on Valentine’s Day.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
- 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 1 1/3 cup peanut butter creamy
- 1 1/2 sticks butter
- 1 lb powdered sugar
- 1/3 stick butter
- 6 oz. chocolate chips semi-sweet or white
- Melt butter and peanut butter together in a small pan over low heat (you can do this in the microwave, too.) Add cracker crumbs and powdered sugar. Mix well.
- Press into a buttered 9X13 pan.
- Melt 1/3 stick butter and chocolate chips together. Pour over peanut butter mixture and spread quickly.
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