Have you ever made a recipe just because someone you love and miss used to make it? That's what happened today. My aunt had been posting pictures of my grandmother who has been gone 2 years and 3 months. Before I knew it, I was overcome with sadness. So, as usual, I ran to the kitchen and started making a recipe that reminded me of my childhood with her. I made it to the best of my memory.
My grandmother was the ultimate grandmother. She didn't shower me with gifts, but she made me feel special. I always spent the weekends with her and this was her go-to snack that we would make together. Her cupboards always consisted of graham crackers, peanut butter, and chocolate chips. Maybe that's why I loved staying at her house! Just kidding!
Hey, Here's a fun fact! My teeth aren't perfectly aligned. I had braces for 3 years. This is what happens when you don't wear your retainer. Learn from my mistakes! I also wasn't allowed to chew gum or hard candy. As an 8 year old, it was very tragic.
My favorite part of these bars is the creamy base layer. I could sit down and eat an entire pan of the peanut butter graham cracker layer. My second favorite part is that they are a no bake. I think that was my gram's favorite part too.
I also wanted to tell you, my blog's 1 year anniversary is coming up in the next couple of weeks and I'll be having a little giveaway for it. You'll have to keep an eye out for it! I can't wait! 😀
Gram’s Peanut Butter Bars
- 2 cups graham crackers crushed (12 crackers)
- ¾ cup salted butter cubed
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 ¼ cups milk chocolate chips
- 1 tsp. shortening
- Line an 8x8 pan with tin foil.
- Place the crackers in a Ziplock bag and use a rolling pin to finely crush the graham crackers into crumbs. They sell prepackaged graham cracker crumbs at the store, if you want to save a little work.
- Place crumbs into a medium microwave-safe bowl. Add in the butter and microwave for 30 second intervals. Stir after each interval. Mine took 1 minute for the butter to melt completely.
- Place the peanut butter and powdered sugar into crumb mixture. Mix with a spatula until everything is incorporated.
- Place the crumb mixture into the prepared pan and press it into the bottom of the pan. Make sure it's firmly packed.
- In a small microwave-safe bowl, add in the chocolate chips and shortening. Microwave for 30 second intervals until the chocolate is completely smooth. Make sure to stir after each time in the microwave. My mixture took 3 intervals of 30 seconds to completely melt and smooth out.
- Pour the chocolate onto the peanut butter crumb mixture and smooth out. Make sure it is spread to all the edges.
- Refrigerate for 1 - 2 hours or until the chocolate top is firm. Cut into squares and serve.
(Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.)
Enjoy the peanut butter bars!