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!