peanut butter bars.

per the request of my brother-in-law, he tried to describe something his mom used to make { and } i tried to find a recipe similar to it. 

these are  v e r y  sweet.  meant to be eaten in small bites.  a lot of small bites, but small bites, nonetheless.  they’re delicious { and } i love the slight crunch that the graham crackers give.  super easy to make, too.

i used creamy peanut butter but crunchy would be fine, too.

good old-fashioned graham crackers.

one stick of butter, melted.

you can put the graham crackers in a food processor, but why make more dishes?  bust out a baggie { and } get some frustration out.

peanut butter layer ingredients.

milk simple syrup.

boil milk, sugar { and } butter for one minute, then add chocolate { and } vanilla.

spread chocolate layer { and } chill for 3 hours.

peanut butter squares.

adapted from bakeless peanut butter squares at cooking books blog.


  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 4 1/2 sheets { 2.5 ounces } graham crackers, crushed
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons { and } 2 teaspoons { 8 teaspoons total } milk
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar


  1. line an 8″ x 8″ square cake pan with parchment paper.
  2. whisk peanut butter { and } melted butter in a medium bowl until smooth.  add about half of the powdered sugar { and } mix until smooth.  stir in graham cracker crumbs { and } then remaning powdered sugar. 
  3. press mixture into an even layer in the prepared pan.
  4. in a small saucepan, combine milk, butter { and } sugar, bring to a boil.  allow to boil for 1 minute { and } remove from heat immediately.  add chocolate { and } vanilla to saucepan, stirring until smooth.  pour chocolate mixture over the peanut butter layer { and } spread evenly.
  5. refrigerate, uncovered, for at least 3 hours before cutting { and } serving. 

note:  this is half of andrea at cooking books‘ recipe.

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