Easy Peanut Butter Bars

Some people like peanut butter, some people love peanut butter and some people really love peanut butter. I fall into the 3 group. I have been known to grab the jar of peanut butter and get a big spoonful and eat it just like that. I also know someone, not going to say who! He will sit there and just eat peanut butter out of the jar for dinner…

Growing up my mom always had a jar of peanut butter and a loaf of bread on the counter. If you didn’t like what she made for dinner, then that would become your dinner. Just bread and peanut butter, no jelly because than that would become a treat. There were many nights that’s what I had for dinner. I am not a picky eater I just didn’t care for pork, turkey, corned beef & cabbage and ketchup. I like them now, but back then..no thanks! I think that’s why I love the stuff so much, thanks mom♥

I was looking online one night for peanut butter treats and found many that I liked, but most of them had more ingredients then what I had in my cabinets. I needs something quick and easy to make. I was inspired by a couple different recipes so I took what I liked from them and came up with something yummy. Easy Peanut Butter Bars!

Easy Peanut Butter Bars 

Cookie Crust

1 cup softened butter 

1 cup peanut butter  (Creamy or Crunchy)

2 cups powdered sugar

1 regular size box of vanilla wafer cookies (crushed it to semi fine crumbs, some chunk are ok) 

1 bag of chocolate chips (I use semisweet)

Topping

1 bag of chocolate chips (again I use semisweet)

1/2 cup of peanut butter (any type)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla 

1/3 -1/2 cup of chopped peanuts (for sprinkling on top)

(You can also add chocolate chips, peanut butter chips or mini marshmallows with the chopped peanuts if desired)
Cookie Crust 

  1. Prepare a 9×13 baking pan by butter bottom and sides. You can line it with parchment paper if you like for easy removing, just make sure you leave extra on the side to hang over for easy grabbing. 
  2. In a large bowl mix peanut butter and butter until smooth, add powdered sugar mix until combined, fold in chocolate chips,and cookie crumbs.
  3. Press cookie mixture into prepared pan.

Topping 

  1. In a double boiler on medium heat add chocolate chips and peanut butter to top of double boiler. When melted turn off and add vanilla. 
  2. Pour over cookie crust, top with chopped peanuts. 

Refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours or until firm.

Cut in to desired sized pieces. 

Enjoy! 

Yummy Lemon Bars

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Lemons Lemons Lemons…
What do you make when you have a bunch of lemons? Yummy Lemon Bars of course! These super yummy lemon bars are so sweet and tart at the same time, once you take that first bite there is no stopping. They are also so quick and easy to make, they will be done before you know it. So while you are making that batch of Yummy Lemon Bars, you might want to double it because one batch will not be enough.

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Yummy Lemon Bars

Crust
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 cup cold butter cut into small pieces
1 Tablespoons of lemon zest

Lemon Layer
4 eggs slightly beaten
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup flour
1 Tablespoons of lemon zest
3/4 to 1 cup lemon juice (fresh is best)
Powdered sugar for topping (optional)

Pre-heat oven to 350

Crust
1) In food processor or blender, mix all crust ingredients until you have a sand consistency.
2) Press into a parchment lined 9×13 baking pan. Make sure the parchment paper hangs over the sides a little, for easy removing after baking.
3) Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. The edges should be slightly brown.

Lemon Layer
1) While crust is baking, mix all the lemon layer ingredients together until sugar in dissolved. Set aside for at least 10 to 15 minutes.
2) When crust is done, mix lemon mixture well before pouring over crust.
3) Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until lemon filling apears to be set and slightly browned.
4) Cool completely, dust with powdered sugar if desired.

Enjoy