Peanut butter bars

This recipe is an ode to Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

I started with a shortbread crust, a recipe I found onĀ Bakerella. It’s the crust for her lemon bar recipe.

I made it plain on a whim one day and fell in love with the simplicity.

Crust:

1 cup softened butter

1 3/4 cup flour

2/3 cup powdered sugar

Combine into a thick dough. Press into a jelly roll pan.

Peanut butter layer:

1 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (I used Kirkland’s All Natural Peanut Butter)

1 cup softened butter

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

1 t. vanilla extract

1 egg

1/2 cup flour

Whip peanut butter, butter, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla until smooth, then stir in gently 1 egg and 1/2 cup of flour.

Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Allow to cool for 1 hour.

Frosting:

1/2 cup softened butter

1/3 cup cocoa

2 cups powdered sugar

1 t. vanilla

3 T. whole milk

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips, melted

Whip butter, cocoa, powdered sugar, vanilla and milk until smooth. Microwave 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips until soft, stir chocolate chips until smooth, and then add to frosting, whipping as you add the melted chocolate. Allow frosting to whip until fluffy. Spread over cooled peanut butter bars.

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