Saturday, June 9, 2012

Peanut Butter Cup S’mores Bars

I found this recipe on Pinterest... I swore I never would get addicted to that site, but I am. It's a wonderful place to get craft ideas and recipes. I saw this recipe there and just had to give it a try. I made these that same rainy Memorial Day weekend we had with my kids home and we loved them. They are a gooey yummy bar that's just messy enough to spark that inner kid in you! And who doesn't love anything with peanut butter cups in it? These are especially good when still slightly warm... I think I ate 2... or was it 3. YUM!

Peanut Butter Cup S’mores Bars
(adapted from Pinch of Yum and Sprinkle Some Sunshine)
yield: 16 large/20 small squares

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
16 peanut butter cups, regular size
1 1/2 cups marshmallow fluff*

*Fluff is pretty impossible to measure, so this doesn’t have to be an exact amount, just kind of eyeball it. As long as you have enough to cover the PB cups, you’re good to go.

1.Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8×8 baking dishing with parchment paper; coat lightly with cooking spray.
2.In a large bowl of the bowl of stand mixer, beat butter and sugars until fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Scrape down the sides. With the mixer on low, stir in the flour, baking powder, salt, and graham cracker crumbs until mixed.
3.Spread 2/3 of the dough on the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Lightly press the peanut butter cups into the dough, then spread marshmallow fluff on top. Press the remaining dough on a non-stick surface into the shape of an 8×8 square. Place the square on top of the fluff and press down lightly.

(I placed mine in between 2 pieces of wax paper to roll out. Then peeled off the top piece and picked up the bottom with the dough on it and flipped it over on top of my marshmallow fluff, then peeled off the wax paper. Don't worry if it cracks, it will bake back together).
4.Bake for 25 to30 minutes or until the edges just begin to brown. Allow to cool for at least two hours to give the bars a chance to set, then remove from the pan and cut into squares with a large, sharp knife.
These are heaven! Enjoy!

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