Saturday, September 10, 2011

Awesome Find: Reeses Bars

 "What a Dish" food blog has tempting recipes and photos, including one for Homemade Reeses Bars. Elsewhere on the site, the author mentions her mom’s B.Y.U. brownies (I love B.Y.U. brownies), so I had high hopes for the Reeses Bars. This morning, I had the necessary ingredients and a chocolate craving, so I made them. Here’s what I did:

Peanut-butter layer:
1 c. Butter, softened
8-9 Graham crackers, finely crushed
2 c. Powdered sugar
1 c. Creamy peanut butter

First I rendered 8 full graham crackers into crumbs using my food processor.
Crumbs in mixer waiting for other ingredients!

I added powdered sugar, creamy peanut butter, and cold margarine (instead of softened butter) into the mixer bowl. Next time I make these, I will use real butter instead of margarine so that my bars will be more firm after chilling. Anyway, I mixed those ingredients thoroughly.

Peanut-butter dough

 I spread the dough in an ungreased 9x13” pan. The kids were excited to lick the beaters and bowl because the batter contained no raw eggs! 

Chocolate topping:
1 c. Milk chocolate chips
½ c. Semisweet chocolate chips
2 Tbsp. Peanut butter
2 Tbsp. Butter

I didn’t have milk chocolate chips in the pantry today, so I substituted with three 1.55 oz. Hershey bars, broken up by hand.
 The original recipe used a double-almost-boiler--melt the chocolate, butter, and peanut butter in a bowl immersed in very hot (almost boiling) water. I tried a shortcut, melting my topping ingredients in the microwave. It was the wrong consistency. My 9-year-old son commented that it looked like “play-doh”.  So I gave in and heated a big pot of water almost to boiling, then turned off the heat. I put new topping ingredients in a double-boiler and mixed slowly until it melted. Then I spread it on the peanut butter layer and put the whole thing back in the fridge.
The result was extremely rich and delicious! These bars have all the good stuff: salt, butter, sugar, and chocolate. Yum, yum, YUM!
A satisfying treat!

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