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One of my favorite Holiday Recipes to make is Peanut Butter Bars. I recently bought a bunch of jelly size mason jars because they are, well, super cute, and fun to make recipes in for my friends and family. I love baking with Peanut Butter and chocolate and adding in Graham Crackers just makes it perfect and crunchy. If you are looking for a fun and easy recipe to make for your family and friends this Holiday Season – then make these yummy Peanut Butter Bars in a Jar. We used #PBandG Honey Maid Graham Crackers (get a $0.50/1 Honey Maid coupon here) and Skippy Peanut Butter #Yippee to make our yummy creation. Thanks to #CollectiveBias for sponsoring this post.
Doesn’t that look heavenly. I am eating it right now as I sit here and write this post. The 20 minutes I spent making these was well worth it. I am going to have to give most of them away or I will end up having to do spend more time on than off my elliptical 😉 lol. I was out of Graham Crackers and almost out of Peanut Butter so I stopped by Walmart and grabbed some Honey Maid Graham Crackers and Skippy Peanut Butter. Both have a great taste so I love baking with them.
Once I got them home, I got a bag of chocolate chips, the vanilla extract, butter, and powdered sugar. That’s it! Super easy and delicious recipe for Peanut Butter Bars in Jar. I measured out the chocolate chips into a glass cup, the powered sugar and butter, and then used the same Adjustable Measuring Cup to measure the peanut butter.
To get the Graham Crackers into crumbs I used a mini food processor and ground them about 2/3 of a package at a time. Overall I ended up using about 3 1/2 cups of Graham Cracker crumbs.
You will want to put the butter (1 1/2 cups) into a microwave safe dish and melt it (about 25 seconds). Then add 1 cup of peanut butter , 1 3/4 cups of powdered sugar, and 1 tsp. of Vanilla (I used Vanilla extract, but you can use imitation). Once you have them all in a bowl, get our your hand mixer (or muscles) and mix until well blended.
Once you have a creamy mixture (the lumps are the peanuts from the peanut butter, that is why I used chunky) then you will want to start adding your Graham Cracker Crumbs. Add about a cup at a time and mix it together so it doesn’t get all ‘globby’.
As you add the crumbs, it will start to thicken and become stiff. If it is a little gooey still, add some more crumbs (about 1/2 cup at a time). I added one extra to my batch and it turned out perfect.
Once you have it mixed, you will want to take and put a layer in the bottom of your jars. I filled mine out 2/3 of the way full. These are great for many different occasions, like parties, gifts, or just for fun. The size is perfect for kids but there is enough in there to even satisfy an adult.
I did some in the jars and some in a pan. They both turned out amazing.
I forgot to photograph it, but I added about 1/4 cup of Peanut Butter to the bag of chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl (you can use the same one as you did for the butter) and microwave the chocolate and peanut butter mixture for about 30 seconds at a time stirring in between each time you heat it. It only took two turns in the microwave for it to be melted good enough then I just stirred it to blend it.
Once the Chocolate is melted you will want to add a layer to the top of the mixture in each jar. I added coconut, crushed peppermints, and Kissed to the tops of some of them (individually). Here is a printable recipe for you:
We also were able to have fun making a Graham Cracker House with the Graham Crackers and Peanut Butter. It was easy to do and fun to make. Our kids loved helping. We got a few fun things at Walmart to decorate with.
To start you will take four whole squares of Graham crackers to make the base of the house. To hold them together, you will take single squares of cracker and put peanut butter on them and put them in the opposite direction (as you can see in the picture below). This will keep them from sliding around. Once you have the 5 pieces of graham cracker reinforcing the base, you will take some mini candy bars and put peanut butter on them and stack them as pictured. This will reinforce the walls of the house.
You will need to cut a few of the squares to fit around the outside, but use peanut butter on the outsides of the mini candy bars to attach the side of the house on. You will then stack two sets of 3 mini candy bars in the middle and then put two full crackers (one on each side) as pictured below.
Continue adding crackers and using the peanut butter to hold it all together. We used the mini candy bars as support and pretzel sticks as well.
Once they got the house put together we used Kissed, Coconut flakes, colored sprinkles, and the candy Pearl beads to add decoration and fun to the house. It turned out really cute. It was a fun activity for our family to do. There are any number of things you can use to add accents and use to build it with and make the perfect Graham Cracker House.
Have fun and be sure to eat it when you are done taking pictures! For even more fun Ideas be sure to check out Honey Maid Snacks on Instagram.