I don’t usually go in for the no-bake desserts. But I do usually go in for peanut butter. By the
truckload spoonful. This is a variation of a classic peanut butter and chocolate no-bake bar recipe that is wildly popular and extremely simple. In my iteration, I’ve stirred in cinnamon (because I think it’s really peanut butter’s best friend – step aside, grape jelly) and honey. These flavors help the dessert taste slightly more grown up.
The true test to find out whether or not you have actually attained adulthood is to see if you can wait the recommended half-hour for the dish to cool and the chocolate to firm. By this measure, I’m marrying a man-child. He waited for me to finish telling him that he needed to let the dessert chill for thirty minutes. Once the words were out of my mouth, the spatula was in the chocolate and he had served himself a big, messy portion:
So I suppose my pitch is to encourage you to buy a Kitchenaid so that you can make more peanut butter desserts faster? By the way, I’m not in marketing. But just try this recipe, it’s really good, I promise.
You will need:
- 1 2/3 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 2/3 cup powdered sugar
- 1/3 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup + 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 tbsp. honey
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp. sea salt
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 tsp. canola oil
- In a large bowl, mix together graham cracker crumbs and softened butter.
- Fold in 1 cup peanut butter, powdered sugar, honey, salt, cinnamon and vanilla extract.
- Mix to combine thoroughly, five minutes or so.
- Line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper and spread peanut butter mixture evenly, pressing down as needed:
- Pour chocolate chips and canola oil into a small microwave-safe bowl.
- Microwave for 25 seconds and stir. Repeat if needed for another 15 seconds.
- Spread chocolate mixture evenly over peanut butter mixture.
- Let cool for thirty minutes and enjoy the fruits of your patience. The “fruits” here would mean peanut butter bars firm enough to play Jenga with: