Tuesday, January 24, 2012

My Mom's Homemade Reeses Peanut Butter Cups

Today is Peanut Butter Day!!  I made these last week but haven't gotten around to posting them yet- but now I have to!  :)  Ok, so these are bars, not really "cups", but that doesn't matter.  I posted this similar recipe back in 2009, and I mentioned, back then, that I wanted to try my mom's recipe but didn't have enough peanut butter on hand.  Well, I recently stocked up.  And then, someone left me a comment on that 2009 post, asking me to post my mom's recipe.  So.... I just had to make it.  :)  More like, I finally had a great excuse to make such a rich and delicious treat.  (It was scary how fast these were gone.... but I don't wanna talk about that and the potential impact on my health.  Ha ha ha!  At least we have a lot of people around here to eat these!)
These were sooo good.  They contain more peanut butter, and powdered sugar than my other recipe.  That makes them a lot thicker and more substantial, which can be both a good and a bad thing.  :)  This recipe called for 6 ounces of chocolate for the top, but I thought that wouldn't be enough, so I used roughly 8 ounces.  I also added a tablespoon of butter to help it melt and spread, and especially make them easier to cut after being stored in the fridge (to reduce crackage of the chocolate a little bit). 

Mom's Homemade Peanut Butter Cups
from my Mom :)

1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups peanut butter
1 pound powdered sugar (a little less than 4 cups)
1 pouch graham crackers, crushed to crumbs (9 whole graham crackers)
6-8 ounces chocolate chips (semisweet tend to melt easier than milk)
1 tablespoon butter
1. Using a stand mixer or regular mixer, mix butter and peanut butter together till blended, then add the powdered sugar and graham cracker crumbs. Press into a 9x13 pan.
2.  Over a double boiler or a very heavy saucepan on low heat, melt the butter and chocolate chips together until smooth.  Pour over peanut butter mixture in pan, spreading evenly to edges.   Refrigerate until set and cut into bars.
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LadyJayPee said...

Yum. Is there any combo better than chocolate & peanut butter?!

Amanda said...

Mmmm... now I really want to go make these! I'm happy to see you enjoyed National Peanut Butter Day!

What A Dish! said...

Well, thank YOU Amanda, for letting me know about the day in the 1st place! ;)