Peanut Butter Cup Bars

Exactly 9 days post-New Year’s my aforementioned aversion to sweets disappeared like a puff of smoke. The holiday sugar cloud has lifted and I am ready to dive into butter, chocolate, sugar and, of course… peanut butter! These peanut butter cup bars are nothing new to the blogosphere, but I am thrilled to finally have them back in my kitchen. I had my first encounter with these bars waaaaaay back in college. I was at a cookout/bonfire and a girl brought a pan of these. I’ve been a peanut butter fanatic pretty much since I uttered my first words, so needless to say I fell in love with these immediately. As soon as I wiped the peanut butter and chocolate crumbs off my mouth, I asked for the recipe. I got it, and then promptly lost it before I ever got a chance to make them. I have lived without these for way too many years, so I must make amends. And share with you of course.

I was the kid on Halloween that dug through the candy to get to the Reese’s peanut butter cups. They were gold. On Easter, I was always thrilled when the bunny left a Reese’s peanut butter egg or, as I got older and more appreciative of good sweets, a Sarris peanut butter meltaway egg. So imagine how insanely excited I am that these taste just like a giant peanut butter cup. I could get even more authentic with a thicker layer of chocolate, or actually encasing a cup-shaped version in chocolate, but this recipe is super easy and darn-near perfect. If it ain’t broke…

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Peanut Butter Cup Bars

Yield: 16 bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes (active), 30 minutes (inactive)

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

½ cup unsalted butter
1¾ cups powdered sugar
1 cup smooth peanut butter
¾ cup graham cracker crumbs
¼ cup unsalted butter
½ cup milk chocolate chips (or chopped chocolate)

Directions:

1. Line an 8x8-inch square pan with foil, leaving enough to hang over the sides, then butter the foil. Set aside.

2. In a medium saucepan, melt the ½ cup of butter over low heat. Once melted, remove from heat and stir in the powdered sugar until smooth. Stir in the peanut butter and graham cracker crumbs until completely combined and smooth. Spread the peanut butter mixture into the prepared pan and smooth the top.

3. In the now-empty saucepan, melt the ¼ cup unsalted 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 into an even layer.

4. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to set. Remove from the pan using the foil overhangs and place on a cutting board. Use a pizza cutter to slice into 16 bars. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

(Recipe adapted from Stylish Cuisine)

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157 Responses to “Peanut Butter Cup Bars”

  1. Sean on January 12, 2011 at 12:59 am

    Wow, those look delicious, though if I were to eat them I’d probably dip them in chocolate and possibly have whipped cream on them lol.

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  2. Sean on January 12, 2011 at 12:59 am

    Was my other comment sent to spam?

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    • Michelle on January 12th, 2011 at 9:40 am

      Hi Sean, I just checked and it was, but I approved it so you should see it above now. Thanks!

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  3. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking on January 12, 2011 at 1:01 am

    These are so sinfully delicious looking, Michelle! I could for one right now, matter of fact. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Michelle on January 12, 2011 at 1:15 am

    These sound so easy and look scrum-diddly-uptious! 😉 My daughters thank you in advance for sharing this recipe, as we will be giving these a go this coming weekend. :)

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  5. Sues on January 12, 2011 at 1:23 am

    These look WAY too good. Like “get out of my kitchen and stop taunting me” good. Seriously, these wouldn’t last 5 minutes in my house. Amazing!

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  6. Katie on January 12, 2011 at 2:03 am

    Yum! These look fantastic. I adore peanut butter, can’t wait to try these

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  7. Ameya on January 12, 2011 at 3:58 am

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I’m always looking for no-bake recipes at the moment since my oven access is a bit iffy. These bars look absolutely scrumptious :)

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  8. Happy Cook on January 12, 2011 at 4:20 am

    Wow so so delicious lookingm i love the way you have stacked them up.

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  9. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on January 12, 2011 at 4:37 am

    These look amazing and wonderful and like I NEED to make them :)

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  10. Lauren at KeepItSweet on January 12, 2011 at 6:01 am

    I have been wanting to make these! Last night I started REALLY missing sweets. 10 days is a long time of being “healthy”!

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  11. Sherry on January 12, 2011 at 6:35 am

    I made this recipe too, and I was amazed! It tastes exactly like a peanut butter cup! I tried to experiment by using a white chocolate topping, don’t do it. Delicious, but so much harder to work with. If I try this again, I’ll definitely just stick to the chocolate like the recipe says.

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  12. Hezzi-D on January 12, 2011 at 6:39 am

    I don’t like peanut butter myself, but I’ve been debating on trying a similiar recipe for my husband who LOVES peanut butter cups. Yours look so creamy and easy to make too! I may have to make them for him for when my beloved Steelers beat his sorry Ravens this weekend!

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    • Michelle on January 12th, 2011 at 10:01 am

      GO STEELERS!!!

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  13. Jenni on January 12, 2011 at 6:41 am

    Wow. I should absolutely not make these. I would eat the whole pan.

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  14. Estela @ Weekly Bite on January 12, 2011 at 7:55 am

    I love bars like these! They look incredible!!

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  15. Blog is the New Black on January 12, 2011 at 8:01 am

    I agree- what aversion to sweets? What resolution?! I have all the ingredients on hand… stuck inside on a snow day… bad things could happen!

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  16. Mackenzie@The Caramel Cookie on January 12, 2011 at 8:02 am

    These look delicious! Would they work with organic peanut butter too?

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  17. Arlene on January 12, 2011 at 8:11 am

    bookmarked this one; I’m drooling right now

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  18. Lynn Brown on January 12, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Ok, either I am going to have to quit looking here or just quit making!!! Because I am going to be huge, especially with all this snow, and seeing how I don’t like it so I stay inside like a hermit!!! Thanks for another great recipe!!! Dang it! (In a good way!)

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  19. jaclyn@todayslady on January 12, 2011 at 8:14 am

    Oh my wow! These look incredible! Peanut butter anything is my favorite too. I just had Reece’s ice cream last night and it was heaven. Aaaah! I want to make these!!

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  20. Kim on January 12, 2011 at 8:20 am

    I agree, these are great! Been making them for years, they are in my recipe binder but somehow they don’t get made very often… wonder if I have the ingredients on hand….

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    • Angi on March 19th, 2011 at 12:34 pm

      Are you supposed to break up the graham crackers really well?

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      • Michelle on March 21st, 2011 at 12:09 am

        Hi Angi, Yes, the graham crumbs should be crushed very, very fine.

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        • Angi on March 22nd, 2011 at 1:17 pm

          Thanks the info, can’t wait to try these!

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  21. Caroline on January 12, 2011 at 8:44 am

    All the taste of a peanut butter cup with the simplicity of a bar cookie?! Don’t mess with success! That’s called efficiency!

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  22. Abby on January 12, 2011 at 9:12 am

    I agree with Caroline! These are dangerous becuase not only will they taste fantastic but they are way too easy to make! That means they will be waay too tempting to make all the time!

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  23. Laura on January 12, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Umm, these look AMAZING.

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  24. briarrose on January 12, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Yummy. I love these bars.

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  25. Stephanie @ The Brunette Foodie on January 12, 2011 at 9:30 am

    My mom made these for us when I was growing up. We called them Homemade Tasty Cakes {holla, PA!}. There is something so wonderful about chocolate and peanut butter together that I just cannot resist it.

    Oh, and I swore off sweets too. I’ve baked three times since January 1. Good work on my part.

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    • Michelle on January 12th, 2011 at 10:02 am

      LOL! Love to see Pennsylvania represented :)

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  26. Chelsea on January 12, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Wow, these look so amazing! We are huge peanut butter cup lovers in this house, too, and for some reason I have yet to try making me I own… I think I’ll have to now!

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  27. Rhondi on January 12, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Reese’s are my favorite too! This is definitely going in my recipe file. Delish!

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  28. Maria on January 12, 2011 at 10:07 am

    These bars look heavenly! I am a sucker for PB treats!

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  29. Susan on January 12, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Wow – these look perfect! So elegant and rich – I must try them, and I’m not even a huge fan of peanut butter anymore!

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  30. Lori on January 12, 2011 at 10:34 am

    I love your site and I love peanut butter cups! I was the same as you as a kid…all I wanted in my easter basket was peanut butter cups (and M&Ms). Can’t wait to try this recipe with my favorite dark chocolate.

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  31. Darla @ Bakingdom on January 12, 2011 at 10:41 am

    I’ve been super excited about this post since you tweeted about it yesterday! I love these, but have never attempted making them myself…looks like I’ll have to soon! They look so great!

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  32. Toby on January 12, 2011 at 11:00 am

    YUM!.. and locked in the house from the winter storm..I cant get my PB cup fix.. Now I can make my own:)

    Thanks for sharing!

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  33. Gabby@FoodChowDown on January 12, 2011 at 11:01 am

    wow those look amazing. I think I would serve them as bite size treats like dibs

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  34. Shawnda on January 12, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    I too would be tempted to maybe put a *little* more chocolate on them! But you’re right, if it ain’t broke…

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  35. Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat on January 12, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Yum! I may try these with a milk chocolate and semi sweet layer. Just because I can.

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  36. Gabby (Quest for Delicious) on January 12, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    I definitely dug around for peanut butter cups in my halloween candy too. These looks so good!

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  37. Cookin' Canuck on January 12, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    One of my best friends is a chocolate/peanut butter fiend. I must make these for her (and keep several for myself).

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  38. Robyn on January 12, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    love these – like buckeyes, but without all the annoying rolling and dipping!

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  39. Erin on January 12, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    These sound heavenly!! How do you think they would be with finely crushed pretzel crumbs instead of graham cracker crumbs? I need to take something to Bunco this weekend and this totally fits the bill, except that I don’t keep graham crackers around. Might not have the PB cup taste, but sweet/salty rarely lets me down :)

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    • Michelle on January 12th, 2011 at 1:04 pm

      Hi Erin, I think you could definitely do pretzels – great idea! Just make sure you pretty much pulverize them and there aren’t any big pieces. Let me know how it turns out – sounds delicious!

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      • Erin on January 25th, 2011 at 2:10 pm

        I made them for some friends last weekend with finely crushed pretzels instead- SOOOO good! We all couldn’t stop eating them! Thanks for the awesome recipe- I will be keeping it for sure!

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        • Shelly on March 22nd, 2011 at 2:16 pm

          Oooh, this will fix my not-salty-enough problem. I will try it!

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        • Bri on July 3rd, 2011 at 12:36 am

          Heck Yeah! Pretzels sound amazing in this!

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  40. Tamara on January 12, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Just made this & it’s chilling in the fridge now. The boys will be sooo happy when they get home from school!!

    Love, love, love your blog!! It’s my first stop online – even before Facebook!! :^)

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    • Michelle on January 12th, 2011 at 4:03 pm

      I make it in before Facebook? A true compliment, indeed! :)

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  41. Steph@stephsbitebybite on January 12, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    These remind me of a treat I used to get in elementary school at recess. They were called gold bars and the were out of this world. So glad you’re ready again for sugar, butter, and chocolate!

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  42. Cornelius the Pig on January 12, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    haha i know what you mean about the post-holiday aversion to sweets… but i definitely have to give these a try. not sure if my finally-clean-for-a-few-days-in-a-row kitchen would agree, but i’m ready to bake again!

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  43. Vicki @ Wilde in the Kitchen on January 12, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    I first came across these at a superbowl party and went on to eat half the pan! They are so addicting! Thanks for your recipe!

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  44. Debbie on January 12, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    I bookmarked this without even reading the post yet! When my low-sugar diet stops, these will be first on the list!

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  45. Shelly on January 12, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    I wonder how these freeze? I need to mail some treats, and these sound perfect! Of course I’ll need to double the recipe to keep some for myself. We are big chocolate-peanut butter fans in our house.

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    • Michelle on January 12th, 2011 at 4:03 pm

      Hi Shelly, I think these would freeze just fine. Enjoy! :)

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  46. Stephanie S on January 12, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Yum! Can’t wait to try these. And great shout-out for the Sarris’ PB meltaway. Makes me miss home n’at!

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    • Michelle on January 12th, 2011 at 4:04 pm

      Yinz from da ‘burgh n’at?

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  47. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction on January 12, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Wow… These look incredible! Yum :)

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  48. stephchows on January 12, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    oh man oh man, I need to look away, this is wayyy too tempting!!

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  49. Bren on January 12, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Does anyone know if they sell graham cracker crumbs? Or do we have to buy graham crackers and turn them to crumbs ourselves?
    Gosh I hope that doesn’t sound too stupid.

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    • Michelle on January 12th, 2011 at 4:05 pm

      Hi Bren, Not stupid at all! They do sell boxes of graham cracker crumbs – I have seen it in the baking aisle near the pre-made graham and Oreo pie crusts. Enjoy!

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  50. foodlvr on January 12, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    These look amazing. I still have the aversion to sweets. Still on the diet too. I have plateaued at 110. Can’t get past it. Anyway, when I drop the remaining weight I will make these, eat 2 and leave the rest for the family.

    I printed it. It is going in the pile of stuff I want to make once I lose the weight.

    Thanks for all the inspiration.

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  51. Minni on January 12, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Thanks for recipe. I’ll recommend you another recipe for dessert,
    Chipotle-Coriander Grilled Peaches, a bit different than what we usually have, cakes or ice cream. Try it out, recipe is found at http://www.fourgreensteps.com/community/recipes/desserts-a-goodies-/chipotle-coriander-grilled-peaches, if you don’t like it, try the other desserts like the Strawberry Tofu, amazing taste!

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  52. Peggy on January 12, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Oh my goodness these look amazing! I actually love the thinner layer of chocolate on them… the more peanut butter to chocolate ratio, the better!

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  53. Kim-Liv Life on January 12, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Ahhhh! Now you are back on track!! 😉 Isn’t it funny how something from so long ago sticks out in our memories? Excellent bars!

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  54. Tracy on January 12, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    I bet my husband would love these!

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  55. Liz on January 12, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    I make a similar bar…they are FABULOUS! Your photos are lovely!!!

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  56. Katrina on January 12, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Yum! I have a similar recipe on my blog and LOVE these. Mmm.

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  57. Serene on January 12, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    This looks great! Can’t wait to try it! =D

    I don’t have a 8 x 8 tin, only a 9 x 9 tin, do you think I should increase the amount of the recipe or just leave it? would it be too thin?

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  58. Kristen on January 12, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    I have a group of friends coming over tomorrow night and I think I just found what I’m going to make them!

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  59. Michelle on January 12, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Have you tried the new Reese’s minis??? They are a peanut butter cup perfected. The peanut butter in them is so smooth and creamy. I may or may not be addicted to them :)

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  60. Jen on January 12, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Chocolate + peanut butter = heaven

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  61. Dori on January 12, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Omg, peanut butter lovers unite! <33 These look and sound simply amazing!!
    Hopefully tomorrow I'll be able to dig myself out of this snow so I can buy some more pb!! 😀

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  62. Corrine on January 12, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Those look heavenly!

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  63. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. on January 12, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    This is right up my alley! Looks great! I am making these for sure!

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  64. kitchenarian on January 12, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Peanut butter and chocolate – there is no better combination. These look like a dessert I had a long time ago and always wanted the recipe for. Thank you for starting my new year off right with this recipe!

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  65. Kate @ Diethood.com on January 12, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    I didn’t like Reese’s when I was little…my love began when I got to college! :)

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  66. Jenny Flake on January 12, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    Mmmm, these have my name written all over them!

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  67. Becky on January 13, 2011 at 6:57 am

    I love peanut butter, so these are really up my alley, and they look so yummy!
    I’m bookmarking these!

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  68. Alyssa on January 13, 2011 at 7:16 am

    I love peanut butter AND chocolate and believe there is no better combination. I’m glad you are back into sweets :) Although your savory recipes werent too shabby either 😉

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  69. CaSaundra on January 13, 2011 at 8:34 am

    I am not too much of a chocolate fan with chocolate just by itself, but when paired with peanut butter–heaven!

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  70. Lynn Brown on January 13, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Ok, I made these and just have to say “Thanks!” I am going to have to give you a big shout out on my blog tomorrow!!! (and Thanks from two other little fans too!!!) Don’t just think about making these, YOU SO MUST MAKE THESE!

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    • Lynn Brown on January 13th, 2011 at 2:19 pm

      oops, I meant on Saturday I will be sharing along with two little fans!!! I am already thinking it is Friday!

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  71. Vidya on January 13, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    These look delicious.. if only there was a way I could eat right off the internet!
    I feel the same way about peanut butter. My kids are still wondering who ate all the Reeses from their Halloween candy stack:)

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  72. Maggie @ Vittles and Bits on January 13, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    WOW these look amazing!!! I too am a peanut butter cup fanatic, thanks for sharing!

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  73. Terra on January 13, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    Holy WOW!!! And YUM!!!! These really do look amazing. I better hide this recipe from my hubby and quickly;)
    Take care,
    Terra

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  74. Cyndi on January 13, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    So delicious! Made them today for the kids…so easy and yummy! I am thinking next time of adding a layer of pretzels and caramel (okay so homemade caramel blows the whole easy part, but I think it may be worth it). Thank you for sharing!!

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  75. Cajun Chef Ryan on January 14, 2011 at 7:37 am

    Congratulations on making it to the Top 9 on Foodbuzz!

    These Peanut Butter Cup Bars look to die for!

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  76. The Chocolate Priestess on January 14, 2011 at 10:21 am

    My mother taught me how to make these at least 35 years ago.

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  77. Tiffiny Felix on January 14, 2011 at 10:38 am

    My daughter is in love with peanut butter cups (or any other form). She will *love* these! :)

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  78. jvp2011 on January 14, 2011 at 11:36 am

    I am a peanut butter addict and we are TRYING these.

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  79. Judy on January 14, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Congratulations on your Top 9 today!

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  80. Heather @ Sweet Sins 2 Share on January 14, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    These look amazing! I cannot wait to try and make these, my husband is going to love it!

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  81. Holly @ Recipes from a normal mum on January 14, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Yum, yum and yum! I NEED to make these this weekend.

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  82. The Farmers Wife on January 14, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    WOW!!!! How on earth have I not heard of these before?!?!?! I feel as if my whole life has been a lie and I’ve been deprived, and I didn’t even know it til just now!!! 😉 I am so making these ASAP!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  83. A little bit of everything on January 15, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    I thought I’m the only one that throw the resolution our of the window :))
    Love peanut-butter and chocolate combo and love your bars. They look so good.
    Thanks for sharing Michelle.

    I’ve sent you a friend request on FoodBuzz, hope you’ll accept it.

    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Roxana

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  84. Trish @I_am_Succeeding on January 16, 2011 at 9:13 am

    This is my all time fave dessert!!!

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  85. Rachel on January 18, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Made these for a church pot-luck. Needless to say, there were no leftovers and people were stalking me to find out how I made them. Great recipe, thanks for sharing!!!

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  86. Kristin on January 18, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    I think these require an NC-17 rating. I just made them and I don’t know how I’m going to have them in the house without some kind of adult supervision . . .

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  87. Fresh and Foodie on January 20, 2011 at 10:10 am

    These aren’t even fair! It’s only 9am but now I’m craving chocolate and peanut butter. Yum.

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  88. Holly on January 24, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Made these last night, yum! I was looking for a recipe similar to one they used to give out in public schools when I was a kid (I’m 28 now), I’ve been searching for years and this ain’t it, the flavor just isn’t the same. Must’ve been the government peanut butter they used :)

    I think also next time I’ll omit the butter in the chocolate portion, it made it kind of fudgy, and the ones I remember had a hard chocolate topping on them. Very yummy otherwise!

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  89. Alex on January 29, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    I’m making these for the second time in two weeks today, as they were such a hit last time. I’m going to try starting with a layer of chocolate to make them even more like peanut butter cups (my boyfriend’s favorite). I’ll let you know how it goes! :)

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    • Shelly on March 22nd, 2011 at 2:07 pm

      My husband also suggested adding a layer of chocolate on the bottom. How did this work out?

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  90. Melanie on February 2, 2011 at 12:07 am

    These were amazing! Even my husband, who usually doesn’t like sweets, ate ’em up. I added colored sprinkles to the top to make them cuter, and brought them to work. I think they lasted about 5 minutes. Thanks for the great, easy recipe!

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  91. Zuzia on February 2, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Yum I can already imagine how rich this is!

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  92. wendyb964 on February 6, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    love all your recipes. These are awesome: i barely snatched one before they were gone. This time I’ll try it with crushed vanilla wafer or chocolate wafer cookies as the texture is something I’m not overly fond of (yes, heresy….) This afternoon I’m making a hybrid of the espresso cupcakes and dark choc cupcakes with peanut butter icing. Those plus jalapeno popper dip will be my contribution to SB Sunday.

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  93. Jen on February 8, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    ok I just made a batch of these and they are EVIL!
    so tasty!
    Thanks for the amazing idea!

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  94. RisaG on February 14, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    I finally made these today. They were very easy to put together. I used half Valrhona 40% Milk Chocolate and half Ghiradelli 70% Cacao. I also used Kirkland Organic Smooth Peanut Butter.

    I am giving them as a gift to hubby tonight with some brownies. I am sure he will love them as he is a big PB fan.

    Thanks for the marvelous recipe.

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  95. Jen on February 22, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    I made these over the weekend and they were delish! I wish I took pictures but my camera wasn’t charged and also, these went fast :)

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  96. Christine on February 26, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    I made these today with a few changes based on what I had on hand. I used vanilla wafers (leftover from last weekend’s baking project) instead of graham crackers. I also used semi-sweet chocolate instead. They’re chillin’ in the fridge, but I’m sure they will be delicious even with my slight modifications.

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  97. Shelly on March 22, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    I used Whole Food’s brand of smooth PB. I love, love, love them so much that I need to give them all away before I eat them! However, the pb part is a bit buttery for my taste, and not salty enough. Next time I might try either less butter, or use salted butter. I came back to see if this was because I used natural PB, but it sounds like a lot of people did.

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  98. Rebecca on March 26, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    I finally made these this morning after thinking about them non-stop ever since I read them on your blog. They’re delicious, and so easy to whip up. I love your blog and recipes, and whenever I feel like I need a sweet treat, I always come here.

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  99. Elizabeth on March 28, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    In your professional opinion, how spreadable is the peanut butter mixture? I want to make a cheesecake that incorporates this, with the bottom layer being something like the base of this: http://www.bakerella.com/cheesecake-bars/ for my best friend’s bridal shower.
    I am trying to decide whether to do layers of cheesecake peanutbutter ganache (which would be easier as the cheesecake has to be baked and the peanutbutter/ganache do not), or peanutbutter cheesecake ganache, which could be tricky as I don’t know how the peanut butter would respond to it.
    Thank you so much!

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    • Michelle on April 1st, 2011 at 3:30 pm

      Hi Elizabeth, it’s spreadable, but not smooth like a ganache. It’s much thicker and coarser.

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      • Elizabeth on July 19th, 2013 at 4:25 am

        It worked out perfectly, I ended up baking the cheesecake and then melting the peanut butter a bit to make it more spreadable. Put it on right out of the oven, and then let it cool. It was perfect!

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  100. twentyeight on April 8, 2011 at 7:31 am

    Ummm… amazing! I’ve recently been kind of obsessed with peanut butter and I think I’m going to need to try this recipe out. Might swap out the milk chocolate for dark chocolate – that’ll make it healthy right?!

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  101. Christina @ Sweet Peas Kitchen on April 18, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    I made these over the weekend and they were incredible!! Thanks again for another amazing recipe! 😀

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  102. Kristin on April 20, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Hi Michelle,

    I am planning on making these for Easter. I was thinking of taking the peanut butter mixture and forming them into oval or “egg” shapes and then refrigerating for a little while to firm up and then dipping them in chocolate. So I have 2 questions:

    1.) Do you think this peanut butter mixture will be ok to do this?
    2.) Would you recommend using the same chocolate/butter in this recipe to coat them or should I use your recipe using chocolate and shortening?

    Thanks for your help!
    Kristin

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    • Michelle on April 20th, 2011 at 6:29 pm

      Hi Kristin,

      Love the idea of the peanut butter eggs! I think I would recommend the peanut butter mixture that I use for buckeyes (http://www.browneyedbaker.com/2007/12/18/christmas-baking-buckeyes/) only because I have experience rolling and shaping it, and I haven’t tried that with this filling. I would definitely use the chocolate and shortening mixture to coat. Enjoy!

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      • Kristin on April 21st, 2011 at 10:35 am

        Hi Michelle,

        Thanks for the quick response as I did make these last night. I actually just made them according to your recipe but used the chocolate / shortening to pour on top. I just preferred having a thicker chocolate top. I cut them this morning in the shape of eggs and they came out looking really cute. They are wrapped up good in the freezer now and then on Sunday, I am planning on serving them in my deviled eggs platter and bringing them to Long Island!

        I did have to taste test them, (of course) and they are amazing!

        Thanks again, Happy Easter!
        Kristin

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  103. Emily on May 25, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    I LOVE these. I use a milk chocolate/80% dark chocolate mix for the topping. Way better than a reese’s and totally addicting. I made them twice in one week!

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  104. Jaime on July 29, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    They complete me.

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  105. Dena on August 2, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Made these in a 9×9 pan, didn’t do the foil, but probably should have. They stuck a little. I used semi sweet chips and did about 1 1/2 batches of the chocolate part as 1 didn’t seem like enough to cover adequately. They were delicious and everyone loved them! Thanks much! Will make again!

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  106. Jess on August 9, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    This is the best and easiest dessert – it is my go-to recipe for any party or get-together. I’ve made them at least 6 times in the last few months and they’ve been a huge hit every time!

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  107. Ashlee on August 17, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    I found your recipe via Pinterest and finally got around to making these. They were tasty. I shared the link to them in my blog. I look forward to spending more time here browsing your recipes. Thanks and have a wonderful day!

    http://craftsparklepop.blogspot.com/2011/08/recipe-peanut-butter-cup-bars.html

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  108. Emily on August 20, 2011 at 9:28 am

    As soon as I saw this recipe I knew I had to try to make them. To my (pleasant) surprise they turned out just like yours did in the picture! I did notice that once they were out of the fridge (they chilled overnight) they started melting/getting very soft almost immediately. I was thinking of adding more graham cracker crumbs to make it more solid. Any suggestions? Thank you :)

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    • Michelle on August 21st, 2011 at 4:17 pm

      Hi Emily, Were they at room temperature (68-72 degrees)? Or was it significantly warmer in your house? They should not melt at room temperature if they came right out of the refrigerator after chilling overnight. I would hesitate to add more graham crumbs, as it could make the filling dry and crumbly.

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  109. Genevieve on September 3, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    I am a HUGE peanut butter/chocolate fan! These are some of the best! Making them again!! Love your recipes!

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  110. Trimble on September 19, 2011 at 10:31 am

    OH MY GOODNESS!!!! I made these last night and I’m in heaven! I don’t eat chocolate so I made these with the peanut butter chips and it made them so rich and divine. Yum, yum, yum and thank you!

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  111. Gracie on September 21, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    These are so yummi and such an easy, basic, no-bake recipe! Too good to be true (:

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  112. Natalie on November 4, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    I made these, and wow, AMAZING!

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  113. Raven on November 30, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    I have a question. I’d like to make these gluten-free for a friend’s birthday. What would happen if I left out the graham cracker crumbs? Or what would be a good alternative to graham cracker crumbs (but wheat-free)?
    Thanks for any suggestions,
    *Raven

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    • Michelle on December 2nd, 2012 at 11:01 am

      Hi Raven, The graham cracker crumbs gives the filling the texture it needs. I wouldn’t leave them out, but you could look for a gluten-free graham cracker alternative and use that. (I’m not familiar with gluten-free foods so I’m not sure what’s out there.)

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  114. cristi on December 6, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Love, love, love this recipe!!! It’s so easy and inexpensive to make. I had every ingredient in my pantry :) I didnt mess with any measurements, followed it to the “T”. It took longer than 30 min. to set (an hour) but it was no big deal. This recipe hit the nail on the head down to the very last crumb. I had a different recipe that required lots more ingredients but this one works sooooo much better. Love that it’s no bake since i live in the desert and it can get pretty hot here. I wouldn’t recommend these for a summer picnic because they do get to even room temp. really fast. I did use a 9X9 pan bc thats what i had but even then the chocolate coating was enough. Im taking these to a potluck today, i found the recipe last night and wanted to get up and make them at 1am lol. Thank you for this recipe, it’s definately a keeper!

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  115. Kaylee on December 13, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    I needed to make a dessert for a party that wasn’t some type of cookie so I went with these, but I added a bottom layer of the sugary crushed-pretzel crust from the Strawberry Pretzel Squares recipe. I wasn’t sure if it would work, but I went for it anyway because I figured you can’t go wrong with a salty-sweet combo, and they were absolutely delicious! Kind of like a homemade Take5 candy bar. I strongly suggest it if you’re considering making these (although I’m sure they’re just as delicious by themselves without any pretzel crust too!) Thanks for the great recipe – I know I’ll be making these again!

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  116. susie on December 19, 2012 at 9:26 am

    These have been a long standing tradition for my family during the holidays. My dads favorite!

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  117. joyce on January 10, 2013 at 9:09 am

    what are graham cracker crumbs, and what if you cant get them what can i use instead ( from Australia) that’s why

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  118. Nuui on February 8, 2013 at 12:23 am

    I know the gluten-free related topic started months ago, but I just had to share my gluten-free variation of this recipe. First, the proportions are perfect, and this was incredibly easy for my daughter and myself to make. Instead of the graham cracker crumbs, We used half a cup of crushed gluten-free Rice Krispies, and a quarter cup of crushed corn chex, and instead of a cup and 3/4 cup of powdered sugar, I went with 2 cups, considering we weren’t getting any sugar from the Krispies and chex like we would have from the graham cracker. They turned out really good! You could probably use lots of different substitutions for the graham crackers, this recipe would be hard to mess up.

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  119. Dana on February 11, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    hi – i’m slow to find these but they look incredible! any idea how far in advance i can make them? (would wednesday night be ok for friday?)

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    • Michelle on February 11th, 2013 at 5:14 pm

      Hi Dana, Yes, Wednesday night for Friday would be fine!

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  121. Ellen on April 20, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    WOW!!!!! These are out of this world! I made these yesterday, they’re gone! Everyone has loved them and I have gotten so many compliments, thanks for sharing! My special touch was sea salt in with the peanut butter mixture (I was using unsalted, natural PB) and then a sprinkle on top of the chocolate. Looked great and tasted even more phenomenal. Thanks again!

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  122. Robin on April 21, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Wow, these are crazy! They are just like peanut butter cups. They’re very rich and sweet – just one square is plenty for me. I’m bringing them to a party tonight and have a feeling that one pan cut into little squares will be just perfect.

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  123. Nicole on August 28, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    I made these today. AWESOME! I linked the recipe from my blog to yours. Hope that is okay. I will remove the entry if you are not okay with it. Thanks.

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  124. Lauren on October 20, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    I must say, one of my best friends in college made these all the time and they are absolutely amazing. when she made them they would not even last a week before they were gone!

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  125. rose on December 3, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Can butter be substituted with margarine?

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    • Michelle on December 5th, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      Hi Rose, I have never tried melting butter with margarine, and am not sure how it would set up. I certainly recommend the butter, but if you substitute, please let me know how it turns out.

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  126. Caroline on February 18, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Would these ship okay? They are not going far and it’s winter. Thanks.

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    • Michelle on February 20th, 2014 at 1:15 pm

      Hi Caroline, Yes, I think they would ship just fine!

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  127. Courtney on August 21, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    I MADE these and give them 5 stars. I don’t think I’ll make special K bars ever again.

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  128. Josh on September 6, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Finally, a variation of what I may have been searching for. Of and on for the last 20 years I’ve been looking for something like this that i had in my grade school café. This looks like it might be it. I can’t wait to try it, like I said, there are different variations and not everyone is the same when it comes to making goodies. Hopefully when I attempt to make these they at least taste like they did in school, but it has been 20 years-taste buds don’t fail me now. Thank you for sharing. Can’t wait to try them.

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  129. Diane E. Sorensen on July 1, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    Can this recipe be doubled and made in a 9×13 or 15 x 10? P.S. LOVE your site and all your recipes–AMAZING! Thanks for all you do.

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    • Michelle on July 9th, 2015 at 7:02 pm

      Hi Diane, Yes, absolutely! Thank you!

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  130. Patty on December 6, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    i made these last night to take to my coworkers on Monday….somehow, my fiancé and I finished these off today. I will argue that this batch was just my “test run”; hence, I am making another batch as we speak. Holy yum!

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