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This is one of those home recipes which emulates almost perfectly a store-bought treat: in this case, peanut butter cups. Sue Sulzer of Union, Maine, sent us this recipe long ago. Says Sue, "These are really good. They keep indefinitely in the refrigerator, unless sweet teeth find them first." Thanks, Sue.
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 1 1/2 inner packages; in other words, about half of a box of graham crackers)
1 cup (8 ounces) butter, melted
2 1/2 cups (10 ounces) confectioners' sugar
1 cup (9 1/2 ounces) peanut butter, crunchy or smooth
1 cup (6 ounces) chocolate chips
In a large bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, butter, confectioners' sugar and peanut butter. Mix until well-combined.
Spread the mixture in a lightly greased 9" x 13" pan. Chill in the refrigerator for approximately 10 minutes. While the peanut butter layer is chilling, melt the chocolate chips, in a microwave oven or in a double boiler on top of the stove. Spread the chocolate over the peanut butter.
Cut the bars into squares, but leave them in the pan. Return them to refrigerator to chill for at least 1 hour. Yield: about 2 dozen squares.
Tip: To make Valentine hearts, cut the bars using a heart-shaped cookie cutter, but don’t remove them from the pan. Return them to the refrigerator to chill for at least 1 hour before serving or giving to your Valentine(s). Yield: about 35 1 1/2” to 2” hearts.