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Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars and reflections on graduating kids

What a busy weekend I just had; my oldest son graduated from high school, and all the things that go along with that kept us running from here to there on Friday and Saturday.  What a blessing to be his mom and see him growing into such a great young man.   I am so proud of him!

Justin is one of the reasons that I have spent so much time over the years learning to cook! When I got married I was 23, and had a few recipes that I knew how to make well, but as boys kept joining our family, I knew I was going to have to spend more time in the kitchen expanding my repertoire.  I have loved almost every minute of it.  Disasters excluded.  

I needed an easy recipe for my segment on KLTV this morning after such a busy weekend. That made me start thinking about all of you working moms and grandmas out there who would like to bake for the kids, but who are so busy (and tired!) that you can’t make it happen.  I found this recipe on one of my  latest & favorite blog discoveries, Southern Plate.  She came up with this recipe for peanut butter bars that require no baking at all; it can all be done in the microwave! I loved it because of that, and because of how much I love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate.  Don’t you?  These taste like a certain candy of peanut butter/chocolate fame, minus a bit of the greasiness, in my opinion. They’re wonderful.

And did I mention easy?  


Today’s video on KLTV’s Good Morning East Texas: No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars


No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

(Via southernplate.com)

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar (light or dark)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups peanut butter  (I used smooth)
  • 2- 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Place all ingredients except the chocolate chips in a large microwave safe bowl. Microwave until butter and peanut butter are melted, one to two minutes (time will vary by microwave).

Remove from microwave and use a large spoon to stir all of the ingredients together until they form a ball of dough that leaves the side of the bowl. Pat into a 9×13 pan.

Pour chocolate chips into another microwave safe bowl and microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring after each, until completely melted. Spoon over top of peanut butter mixture and spread evenly.

Allow to cool completely at room temperature until chocolate hardens again or place in the refrigerator for faster hardening. Cut into squares and serve.  Enjoy!

(p.s. I thought crumbling pretzels into the top of the soft chocolate would be good, too. I look forward to trying that out soon.)

I hope you’ll try these out soon! Let me know what you think, and make sure to go visit the Southern Plate website!

Copyright 2015 Stephanie Hill Frazier. All rights reserved.

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12 thoughts on “Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars and reflections on graduating kids

  1. The pretzels idea sounds perfect…however, even w/o, they are Awesome. Thanks for treat this afternoon.

  2. First of all, you’re killing me with these Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars!!! I’m dieting, you see… and, now I will have to make them. LOL They look amazing!

    As for the giveaway, oh my goodness!!! SO super cute. Count me in! I like you on FB. Thank you for the chance 🙂

    lisagoneaussie (at) gmail.com

      1. lol I completely agree! And, if I stuff the whole bar in my mouth at once, I totally believe that to be one bite!! By the way, I am trying the cheesecake brownies this weekend for a family game night – will let you know how it goes! 🙂 Thanks!

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