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Peanut Butter Bars

  • Prep Time: 25m
  • Yield: 100 1-inch bars
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Ingredients

Crust

  • Floured baking spray
  • 2 1/2 c unsalted butter
  • 7 1/2 c graham cracker crumbs
  • 4 c confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 c Jif® creamy peanut butter*

Topping

  • 1 (12-ounce) bag Hershey’s® semi-sweet chocolate chips, approximately 2 cups
  • 1 1/2 c Jif® creamy peanut butter
  • 1 c salted, roasted peanuts, chopped

Instructions

Crust

  1. Grease a half sheet pan (13 x 18 inches), with edges, with floured baking spray.
  2. Melt the butter in the microwave in 20-second intervals.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the graham cracker crumbs and confectioners’ sugar.
  4. Add the melted butter and 3 cups of peanut butter to the bowl and mix until well blended.
  5. Pat the crust mixture evenly into the greased half sheet pan.
  6. Place in the freezer for at least 5 minutes.

Topping

  1. In a large bowl, melt the chocolate chips in the microwave in 10-second intervals, stirring after each interval.
  2. Stir in 1½ cups of peanut butter.
  3. Pull the chilled crust out of the freezer.
  4. Spread the melted chocolate mixture over the top of the crust.
  5. Sprinkle the peanuts on top of the chocolate mixture.
  6. Place in the refrigerator overnight to become firm.
  7. Let the bars come to room temperature and cut into 1-inch squares, or make larger for a full dessert! Drizzle chocolate syrup, if desired.