Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Someone should smuggle graham crackers into NZ

Why aren't there any graham crackers in New Zealand? Digestive biscuits are the closest substitute, but they're just not the same. I'm sure homemade s'mores and pie biscuit bases taste much better with real graham crackers rather than the NZ-equivalent.

Anyway, one night my usual peanut butter cravings kicked in and I wanted to make something simple. I remembered this recipe for no-bake chocolate peanut butter bars and decided to give it a shot.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
(Recipe adapted from The Crepes of Wrath)


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 3/4 cup digestive biscuits
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate buttons


  1. Line and grease a 9 x 13 inch pan with aluminium foil.
  2. In a food processor, grind up digestive biscuits.
  3. Add the butter, peanut butter and sugar to biscuit crumbs, and process until a ball forms.
  4. Press mixture into pan.
  5. Melt the chocolate buttons (I microwaved on medium-low heat/30% in 1 minute bursts), stirring often to prevent burning.
  6. Spread the melted chocolate over peanut butter mixture.
  7. Chill in refrigerator for about an hour for bars to firm.
  8. Take out pan from refrigerator and place in room temperature before cutting into squares.

Makes about 12-15 bars.

Store in the refrigerator.

Print-friendly recipe here.

The result? Some "food critics" (aka friends) said it tasted like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. My only complaint was that it was too damn sweet. Thus, the edited recipe above has a lot less sugar than the original recipe.

Strictly for lovers of peanut butter.

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