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September 30, 2015

The Pioneer Woman's Peanut Butter Bars

Have you ever tried The Pioneer Woman's Peanut Butter Bars? The moment I saw them featured on her show, I knew they would be something my crew would love, so I decided to give them a try!

Peanut Butter Bars
Peanut Butter Bars

Ingredients:

2 Sticks of Softened Butter
1 Cup of Chunky Peanut Butter
2 Cups of Powdered Sugar
1 Box of Vanilla Wafers
1 Bag of Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

(Topping)
2 Cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1/2 Cup of Creamy Peanut Butter


Begin by mixing together the bag of chocolate chips...
(I used half of a bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips and half of a bag of peanut butter chocolate chips.)

...two sticks of softened butter....and one cup of crunchy peanut butter.

Either hand beat or use a food processor to crush the Vanilla Wafers in to crumbs. 
Then add those to the above mixture...

...along with the powdered sugar. 
(I almost forgot this ingredient when I was making them!)

Evenly spread this concoction in to a greased 9x13 pan. 

While you are preparing the above mixture, the topping can be preparing on the stove!

How to Prepare the Topping:

In a double-boiler, melt 2 Cups of Chocolate Chips and 1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter. 
(I used one cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips and one cup of peanut butter chocolate chips.)

When this mixture reaches a smooth melted consistency, pour it evenly across the top of your dessert. 

I reserved a handful of Vanilla Wafer crumbs to sprinkle across the top of  this treat. 
You can use nuts...pretzels...candy anything you like.

Chill this pan of deliciousness in the fridge (for at least an hour).
Slice and serve a few hours later - but be warned...
...Your life will never be the same.

Though I completely trust The Pioneer Woman, I did tweak this recipe a bit - based on what I had in my pantry as well as my family's preferences - and you can do the same thing.