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Peanut Butter Bars in a Jar Recipe

Peanut Butter Bars in a Jar Recipe

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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.

Peanut Butter Bars in a Jar Recipe

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.

Honey Maid Graham Crackers and Skippy Peanut Butter at Walmart

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.

Peanut Butter Bars in a Jar Recipe

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.

Peanut Butter Bars in a Jar Recipe

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.

Peanut Butter Bars in a Jar Recipe

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’.

Peanut Butter Bars in a Jar Recipe

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.

Peanut Butter Bars in a Jar Recipe

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.

Peanut Butter Bars in a Jar Recipe

I did some in the jars and some in a pan. They both turned out amazing.

Peanut Butter Bars in a Jar Recipe

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.

Peanut Butter Bars in a Jar Recipe

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:

Peanut Butter Bars in a Jar Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 24-28 jars

Serving Size: 1 "jelly size" mason jar

Peanut Butter Bars in a Jar Recipe

Delicious Peanut Butter Bars in Jar recipe. Easy to make and oh so good!

Ingredients

  • For Peanut Mixture:
  • 1 3/4 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups of margarine or butter - melted
  • 1 cup of peanut butter (I used chunky because I like the peanuts in the bars)
  • 1 tsp of Vanilla (imitation or extract)
  • 3-4 cups of Graham Cracker Crumbs (about 40-50 squares)
  • For Chocolate Topping:
  • 1 12 oz package of Chocolate Chips (about 2 cups)
  • 1/4-1/2 cup of Peanut Butter (I used chunky because I like the peanuts in the bars)

Instructions

  1. Get out several Mason Jars (I used the small "Jelly" size ones).
  2. To make the graham cracker crumbs, I just added squares to a mini food processor and let it chop them for me. I would do this first after you get all of your ingredients out.
  3. In a large bowl mix the sugar, margarine, 1 cup of peanut butter, and vanilla with a hand mixer until well blended.
  4. Stir in the Graham Crackers crumbs about a cup at a time until mixture thickens up and becomes stiff.
  5. Scoop spoonfuls of the mixture into each jar, adding at least 2/3 of the way full.
  6. Put 2 cups (about 1 bag) of Chocolate Chips and 1/4-1/2 cup of Peanut Butter into a microwave safe container (you can use the same one you used to melt 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.
  7. Pour over the peanut butter mixture and smooth the surface. If you would like to add extra toppings like shredded coconut, caramel, crushed candy cane, etc you can add those to the top of the chocolate now.
  8. Put into refrigerator and let chill for 1-3 hours.
  9. Enjoy and Savor each bite. YUM!
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 Peanut Butter and Graham Cracker Houses

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.

 Peanut Butter and Graham Cracker Houses

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.

 Peanut Butter and Graham Cracker Houses

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.

 Peanut Butter and Graham Cracker Houses

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.

 Peanut Butter and Graham Cracker Houses

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.

 Peanut Butter and Graham Cracker Houses

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.

Be sure to get your $0.50/1  Honey Maid Grahams Coupon (12.2 oz. or larger) before you head to get your supplies. You can also learn more about Skippy here.

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Liz Mays

Friday 5th of December 2014

There is just everything to love about these. They sound incredible!

Jessica Cassidy

Thursday 4th of December 2014

yummy indeed! that looks very delicious. You make me drool too :-)

Mistee Dawn

Thursday 4th of December 2014

Oh my! This looks and sounds so delicious. I might have to make some of these for gifts! Thanks for the recipe.

Heather

Wednesday 3rd of December 2014

See you've given me a reason to eat peanut butter right out of the jar! Ha ha! That looks like a great jar recipe! :)

Kim Croisant

Wednesday 3rd of December 2014

How fun...looks like a fun kitchen project for me and my 5 year old to do. We just made cookies, so he's already asking what can he help me with next.

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