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! 

Super Easy 1,1,1 Peanut Butter Cookies

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I have a cookie recipe that your going to want to save. It’s my Super Easy 1,1,1 Peanut Butter Cookies. They are super easy and fast to make. Best part is that you probably have all the ingredients in you kitchen right now! My family has been making these cookies for years, I can not tell you where the recipe came from, but a big “Thank you” who ever came up with this great recipe. They have become my “go to” cookie when I need to whip up a batch of cookies at the last minute. You can keep them simple and plain or dazzle them up for the holidays, by adding a candy kiss to the top, or drizzle with melted chocolate or even sandwich ice cream between two cookies for a fun summer treat.

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My oldest nephew just graduated from high school…”Way to go Bubba!!” and my brother had a big Bbq for him, my sister was making cupcakes and I was bring other desserts. I thought it would  be fun to make mini peanut butter and jelly sandwich cookies.  Remember when I said you would probably had everything you needed, I did! No need to run to the store for anything and I was so happy about that. I whipped up a triple batch of Super Easy 1,1,1 Peanut butter Cookies (I needed lots of cookies) let them cool, then I added strawberry jam between two cookies and I was done! Super easy, Super quick and Super yummy!

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Super Easy 1,1,1 Peanut Butter Cookies

1 cup peanut butter (creamy or chunky)
1 cup sugar
1 egg

Pre-heat oven to 325.
Prepare cookie sheet with parchment paper. Mix all ingredients until well combined. Scoop out cookies with a mini ice cream scooper on to cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Press with floured fork or bottom of glass.
Bake 7 to 10 minutes.

* If adding candy kiss to top of cookie, make sure to add unwrapped candy to cookie as soon as they come out of the oven.
** If add melted chocolate drizzle, let cookie cool first then drizzle with melted chocolate.
*** If make a sandwich cookie, let cookies cool before adding sandwich filling.

Enjoy!