Remember Princess Butter-cup? Ahhh the Princess Bride. I used to be able to quote every line from the movie "The Princess Bride". I wanted her long flowing blond hair, perfect skin and her beautiful...farm boy. Wow life hasn't changed. Farm boy is still adorable. I do mess with a Sicilian when death is on the line...especially if the Sicilian dares reach for one of my butter-cup bars. It's a battle of wits everyday. Winner takes the whole pan of bars and sits in the fire swamp until the R.O.U.S's need a swift whack with a sword. Yes. Miracle Max's wife says that the chocolate coating makes it go down easier. Of course she is talking about the chocolate coating on the butter cup bars.
Actually my first encounter with peanut butter bars was my Junior High cafeteria. Oh...I can still smell the grease if I think about it too much. These bars however, where a delicious treat (even coming from the cafeteria). They may in fact be the only food I ever remember with fondness from my school days. I'm so sorry nice lunch lady. It's not personal. At any rate, the last pan of these I made I took to the youth I work with at church. It was last ditch effort to get the bars out of my house so they would stop staring at me. The girls loved them. The boys almost licked the pan clean. Reminding me once again of Princess Bride. "Farm boy...I'd like to see my face shining in it by morning. As you wish." But I really meant ...I Love you. I think this recipe deserves to be on the blog.
Peanut Butter Cup Bars
1 cup melted butter
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
2T creamy peanut butter
extra peanut butter chocolate chips for garnish (optional)
Combine melted butter, graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar and peanut butter until well combined. Press into a 9 by 13 inch bar pan. For coating, melt chocolate chips and peanut butter in the microwave for 1-2 minutes until just melted. Stir until completely melted and pour over bars in the pan. Sprinkle with peanut butter chips if desired. Wait for 24 hours for full potency. Really. Let them set for 24 hours. Cut and enjoy. Yield 72 small bars.