Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

The picture of simplicity, these.  They remind me of the concept of Can Can Casserole, in that there’s no measuring – the packages are the exact size you need.  There’s something so modern about that.  (It really is just a concept – go to Google and look up “Can Can Casserole” and tell me if you can find the same recipe twice.)

These are delicious, marginally nutritious (you could argue for the peanut butter and graham crackers, or against the confectioner’s sugar and butter) and cute-as-the-dickens with sprinkles on them.

1 pack plain graham crackers (from a 16 oz. box, please), pulverized (in the food processor or blender or smashed to bits with a wooden mallet or other reasonably heavy swingable object)
1 box confectioners’ sugar
1-18 oz. jar peanut butter
2 sticks butter

1-12 oz. packaged chocolate chips, melted (a glass bowl and the microwave at low power with frequent stirrings are the best way to achieve this.)

Sprinkles

In medium microwave-safe bowl, combine graham crackers and sugar and mix until combined.  Add butter and peanut butter, then microwave to soften to stirring consistency.  Mix until combined.  Press mixture into a 13 x 9 in. pan.

Pour the melted chocolate over the bars, and spread out evenly with a spatula.  Sprinkle with…sprinkles.  Place in refrigerator and allow to set for two hours.  To cut, remove from refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature to avoid breaking chocolate.  For best results, cut with a sharp knife dipped in hot water and wiped dry.  Cut 1 1/2 in. by 1 1/2 in. bars – these are intensely sweet.

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