Chocolate-Peanutbutter Bars

Happy first day of winter!  No, the world didn’t come to an end today like some people predicted. I’m sure that most of us knew it wouldn’t! Winter here in the south came in with very strong cold winds. Yesterday we received over 3 inches of rain which was desperately needed. Today is sunny, but not warm by any stretch of the imagination!

With just 10 days remaining in 2012,  I have just one more post to write after this one to reach the 200 mark! And I need only 101 more views to reach 7000! Many thanks to those of you who have shared my blog with your friends!

Today’s recipe is the one that I use to make chocolate covered peanutbutter balls. I experimented this year and used an idea that a friend shared. Instead of forming all those balls and standing forever in front of the stove dipping them into chocolate, I decided to press them into a pan and cut them into bars.  I think that it was a successful experiment!  The only thing I discovered is that I used just half of the peanutbutter mixture, but all of the chocolate mixture! So if you want to use the entire amount of peanutbutter mixture, double the amount of coating ingredients! Oh, and if you have many helping hands at your house, shape it into balls and dip them!

Filling:

4 c. powdered sugar

1 c. butter, softened

1 c. creamy peanutbutter

Coating:

12 oz. chocolate chips

2 tbsp. butter

Mix sugar, butter and peanut butter together in a large bowl.  Melt chocolate chips and 2 tbsp. butter in a small saucepan over low to medium heat. Stir well to make a creamy mixture.

Lightly spray a 9×9 glass baking pan.  Spread half the chocolate mixture in the bottom of the pan. Refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes.  Divide the peanutbutter mixture in half.  Pat half the mixture in a layer over the chocolate.  Spread the other half of the chocolate mixture on top and refrigerate until firm, about another 15 minutes.  Wrap the remaining peanutbutter mixture in plastic wrap and put in fridge until you are ready to make some more!

When the layers are hardened, cut into small squares.

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The Mrs. G's

A mother-daughter project (our married names both begin with G) to rejuvenate our love of cooking and make meals creative and exciting! And now that I (mom) have discovered the Trim Healthy Mama way of cooking, I am trying to incorporate more healthful recipes!

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