One of my favorite flavor combinations is peanut butter and chocolate, which is one reason I absolutely love these peanut butter bars!
Peanut Butter Bars
2 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 cup peanut butter
2 3/4 cups powdered sugar
1 cup butter, melted
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 Tbsp. shortening
Grease the bottom and sides of a 9 x 13 pan. Mix peanut butter, graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar, and melted butter. At this point, I tasted my mixture and decided to add a little more peanut butter. This is a taste preference, so you can add as much peanut butter as you like at this point.
Spread peanut butter mixture in the bottom of the pan. Melt chocolate and shortening in the microwave and spread over peanut butter. Cool until chocolate hardens; cut into squares. If desired, melt white chocolate chips with a little peanut butter and drizzle over the top of the squares.
To make peanut butter cups: Place liners in a mini muffin pan. Roll peanut butter mixture into small balls. Place a enough chocolate in each liner to cover the bottom (about 1/4-inch deep). Lightly push one peanut butter ball into the chocolate of each liner, being careful not to push it all the way through to the bottom.
Cover each ball with chocolate, being sure to fill the sides of each liner with chocolate as well. You can either spoon the chocolate into the liners or put the melted chocolate in a zip top bag, cut a hole in the corner of the bag, and pipe it into the liner. Allow to cool.
**UPDATE** To make cutting them easier, cut before the chocolate hardens completely. You want the chocolate somewhat set, but not completely set.