Peanut Butter Cup Bars

 This year I decided to make the Peanut Butter cups in bars instead of cutting them out and dipping in chocolate. There were several recipes on the internet and I went with one close to the recipe I usually use and they turned out great. Way easier than cutting out the filling and dipping. My Grandson who these were for, thought they were just as good. Isn’t it nice when a time saving step works out well.
Do however, cut these in small pieces. They are rich and I am sure highly caloric.
I put them in candy paper holders to keep them from sticking together and stored them in the refrigerator. If you like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups you will like this recipe.
Peanut Butter Cup Bars
½ cup butter 
1 ¾ cups powdered sugar
1 cup smooth peanut butter
¾ cup graham cracker crumbs (I buy the crumbs in the box)
For Chocolate
¼ cup butter
½ cup milk chocolate chips
Line an 9x9 inch square pan with foil, leaving enough to hang over the sides, and then butter the foil.
 In a saucepan, melt the ½ cup of butter over low heat. When melted, remove from heat and stir in the powdered sugar until smooth. Stir in the peanut butter. If it is too stiff at this point, reheat on low temp, just until smooth again. Add the graham cracker crumbs until combined and smooth, it will be stiff. Spread the peanut butter mixture into the prepared pan and smooth the top.
 In the same pan, melt the ¼ cup of butter. Add the chocolate and stir until almost completely melted. Remove from heat and continue stirring until completely melted. Pour the melted chocolate over the peanut butter layer and smooth evenly.
 Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to set. Remove from the pan using the foil overhangs and place on a cutting board. Use a sharp knife or pizza cutter to slice into bars. Store in a airtight container in the refrigerator.

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