Peanut Butter Squares

There is nothing “christmas” about this recipe – no spices, dried fruit, or fancy shapes – but Mom always made these at Christmas, and they were always my little brother’s and my favorite.  Like a giant, square Reese’s peanut butter cup.  No wonder we like them so much!  They also freeze great, and if you are impatient, taste good frozen :).

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3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs

3/4 cup peanut butter (creamy or crunchy is fine)

1/2 cup (112 grams) melted butter

2 cups powdered sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla

Pinch of salt, if desired (I always add salt)

Mix all the ingredients together.  Press the mixture into a 8 or 9 inch square pan lined with foil.  If you use a 9 inch pan, they will taste as delicious but be a little thinner.  Next, melt the topping (in the microwave is fine) and spread over the top:

1 cup (about 160gm) chocolate chips

2 Tbsp butter or creamy peanut butter

Refrigerate until firm.  They are easier to cut if the top softens a little while out of the fridge, but I always keep them stored, covered, in the refrigerator.  Or the freezer.  It depends on how many other people in the house will be eating them :).  Paul, I need you!

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