When it is a gazillion degrees outside and a gazillion plus 20 degrees warmer inside the house, the last thing I want to do is turn on the oven and bake, and risk heating my house even more. Why would I do that? Because my sweet little 7 year old who loves to bake cookies with his mom wants to, that’s why. It’s hard to say no to the kid who loves spending time together in the kitchen. On the other hand, turning on the oven is not an option when it is over 90 degrees outside. Like many households in the Pacific Northwest we do not have air conditioning. That means I have to get creative with making treats with my kids.
Fortunately for my son Eli I have the perfect solution. Since he’s crazy about anything that involves chocolate and peanut butter, one of his favorite recipes does not involve the oven. This has made it a ‘no brainer’ for making summer time treats.
Today I have a wonderful no-bake chocolate peanut butter treat that will satisfy any sweet tooth. Not only is this recipe easy, wonderful, and delicious, it is one of those recipes kids will feel accomplished and proud of the end result because of the process. This comes together in layers, each fun to do, that build on each other. The final layer can look incredibly professional and beautiful by swirling contrasting colors of peanut butter and chocolate.
I hope you will enjoy these, and stay cool in the process.
Recipe: No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Squares
Easy no-bake chocolate peanut butter squares recipe. Using a graham cracker crust as the based topped off with a chocolate peanut butter topping, and swirled with additional peanut butter.
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup creamy peanut butter, divided
1 cup milk chocolate chips
Spray an 8x8 or 9x9 baking pan with non stick spray then line it with parchment paper cut to size.
Combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, butter, and 3/4 cup of the peanut butter in a food processor and pulse until well combined or mix by hand. Press the crumb mixture into the pan using the back of a spoon and smooth out until even.
Melt the chocolate in the microwave for 1 minute, then 30 seconds, stirring until smooth. Stir in 2 tablespoons of peanut butter. Pour the chocolate over the crush ans spread until even.
Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of peanut butter in the microwave for 20 seconds and stir. Drizzle the peanut butter over the chocolate topping in a random pattern.
Carefully take a small butter or paring knife and gently cut through the chocolate topping in swirly patterns.
Refrigerate the baking pan overnight. Store in the refrigerator and serve chilled.