Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Recipe: Peanut Butter Squares

Here's a fan favorite to add to your holiday baking list:

Peanut Butter Squares
1 cup butter or margarine
1 box confectioners sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
12oz chocolate chips

In a microwave safe bowl, melt butter (approximately 1 minute) in the microwave.  When completely melted, add the confectioners sugar, peanut butter and graham crackers.  Mix completely.  Spread the peanut butter mixture in a 9x13 pan.

Now melt the chocolate chips in the microwave.  Start by putting them in for 1 minute.  Take out and stir.  Then put them in for 30 second increments from there, stirring in between each one, until completely melted.  (I find it typically takes just one 30 second zap after the initial 1 minute to completely melt the chocolate.) 

Spread the chocolate on top of the peanut butter mixture.  Place in the fridge to harden.  Once hard, cut in to squares and serve.

You can also roll the peanut butter mixture in to balls and dip them in to the chocolate.  It makes for much nicer presentation, but it is definitely more time consuming. 

Approximate cost of the squares:  $4.47
  • Margarine cost $1 for 2 cups, so only $0.50 in this recipe
  • Confectioners sugar cost $1 per box
  • Peanut butter cost $2.15 per 16 oz, there's approx. 2 cups in a 16 oz jar, so 1/2 cup is approx. $0.54
  • Graham Crackers I bought as whole crackers and made them crumbs myself - the box was $1.88 and I used 1 of the 3 sleeves, so $0.63
  • Chocolate chips cost $1.80 per 12oz bag
*Costs may vary slightly be region or the sale you hit!  These are the actual prices I paid for the ingredients (and why I always stock up when I find these rock-bottom prices!)

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