OK, so I’m a few days late for Worldwide Nutella Day. No excuses. BUT, I did make something to contribute to the Nutella love…and it didn’t even require any baking! You’d think with all the snow and cold temperatures we’ve had in Chicago lately that I’d be eager to use the oven to generate a little extra heat in the house, but no. Not really. I was feeling lazy, so this was the perfect recipe.
But don’t confuse laziness for lack of deliciousness — these are really good! Peanut butter and chocolate is one of my all-time favorite combinations, and these taste like jazzed up Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. In fact, I recently read that what makes the peanut butter in that famous candy so good and unique is ground up graham crackers, which is exactly what you do in this recipe. Cool, huh? And for some extra love, I added Nutella to the chocolate layer on top. Perfection!
Peanut Butter Nutella Bars (makes 16 bars)
Adapted from many sources
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What you need:
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
- 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 3/4 cup chopped semi-sweet chocolate or chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons Nutella
How you do it:
- In a medium bowl, combine melted butter, graham cracker crumbs, peanut butter and powdered sugar until well mixed. Pour mixture into an ungreased 8 x 8 baking dish.*
- In a small saucepan (or in the microwave if you’re careful not to burn the chocolate), carefully melt the chopped chocolate and Nutella over low heat, stirring frequently to avoid scorching. Once it’s smooth, pour over the peanut butter mixture, carefully spreading to cover.
- Put dish in the fridge and let cool for at least an hour before cutting.
*Note: Next time I’d line the dish with parchment paper first — the bars require a little elbow grease to remove from the pan.