No-bake Peanut Butter Bars

PB bars

I just got back from a delightful 24 hours in Red Bank, New Jersey, where James is stage managing Moliere’s “School For Wives” at the Two River Theater.

Two River

The show runs through October 5 and I highly recommend getting out there if you can —  Robert Stanton is wonderful as always (I worked with him on my very first Equity show, A.R. Gurney’s “A Cheever Evening” back at the old Playwright’s Horizon theater.  He is one funny, funny man and a very fine actor!)   The rest of the cast is terrific too, director Mark Wing-Davy is inventive and irreverent as always, and the production values at this theater are truly first-rate.  (Plus, the theater is within walking distance of the train and Jon Bon Jovi’s community restaurant Soul Kitchen.)

Not to arrive empty-handed (yes, I always bring treats to every show I see) I brought a batch of these No-Bake Peanut Butter bars, having found the recipe on Facebook.  (No idea other than that who came up with this.)  These are so delicious and more-ish that I just had to get them out of the house.  The cast and crew seemed to agree, since they were all gone by the end of the show.

CArson Elrod
Carson Elrod, who plays Alain,  enjoying a pre-show sugar fix.

No-bake Peanut Butter Bars

Ingredients:

1 cup salted butter (melted)
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 cup peanut butter — natural, non-sweetened kind is best
1/2 tsp.vanilla extract
1 (12 oz) bag milk chocolate chips

Method:

1. Combine all ingredients, except chocolate chips, in a medium-sized bowl. Stir until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
2. Pour peanut butter mixture into a 9 x 13 pan.
3. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave for 1-2 minutes in 30 second increments until almost melted. Stir chocolate and pour over the peanut butter mixture. Spread chocolate with a spatula. To even out chocolate, tap pan on the counter.
4. Refrigerate bars for one hour. Cut while bars are still cool. Enjoy

 

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