Peanut Butter Squares

There is nothing “Christmas” about this recipe – no spices, dried fruit, or sprinkles – but Mom always made these at Christmas, and they were a favorite of my little brother and me.  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 :).


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

1/2 cup (112 grams) melted butter

1 cup graham cracker crumbs

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp salt (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

Refrigerate until firm.  They are easier to cut if the top softens a little 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!