A Sarcastic Appetite

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites
August 4, 2010, 8:06 am
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I know you’re thinking you’ve seen these before, and you’re kind of right. Except these need all of five ingredients and don’t even require any baking. It’s almost disgusting. I don’t know how to put this delicately, so I’m just going to come out and say it: don’t make these if you’re not prepared to eat the contents of the entire pan. We can pretend I’m just exaggerating, but it won’t do you any favors when you find yourself in the same desperate plight, huddled in the kitchen after midnight, sawing off hunks of the stuff and wondering if you have enough sugar to make another batch?

If you are an Ohio State fan, you’ll recognize these as Buckeyes, though they’re in bar form. The peanut butter mixture is the closest I’ve come to the peanut butter inside a Reese’s peanut butter cup – frankly, a quest I didn’t even know I was on, but oh how overjoyed I am to have found the answer. And though the Ninja complained that he felt like his teeth were falling out thanks to all the sugar, he still wouldn’t let me give any away.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites

Makes 16 bars…ish. Adapted from The Silver Palate.

1/3 c. packed brown sugar

2 c. confectioners’ sugar

1/2 stick butter

1 c. smooth peanut butter

8 oz. semisweet chocolate chips

1 tbsp. butter

Get an 8″ x 8″ pan, or some variation thereof. Don’t grease it. In a large bowl, beat both sugars, the butter, and the peanut butter until the batter looks crumbly. At this point you can use your hands to mix it together – just make sure there aren’t any chunks of butter floating freely. Pat into the pan, evenly.

In a small saucepan, or over a double boiler, carefully melt the chocolate and butter. When it’s smooth, pour over the peanut butter mixture, and refrigerate to let it set up. It needs a solid hour, but benefits from an overnight stay. Cut into bars and devour. It’s best kept in the fridge.

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