The snow is coming down today in gusty swirls of white, and while all the kiddies in New York get the day off from school, here I am at the office, forlornly staring out the window. So, why am I blogging and not working, you ask? Well, this weather, like rain, just doesn’t motivate me.
The office is quiet, and many of the people who commute from out of the city are working from home this morning. But I live a 10-minute walk away, so here I am. Instead, I want to be curled up in bed with a book, or my boyfriend, or even better, a plate of chocolate and peanut butter squares.
Using Katie’s recipe (see “A walk on the vegan side”), I put my ability to read and follow instructions to the test this past weekend. The result, as evident by the fact that not even crumbs remained two days letter, was pretty fantastic. Below is Katie’s recipe in all its easy-to-follow, no-baking-required, chocolate-and-peanut-buttery goodness glory. If I pulled it off, anyone can!
1 cup of peanut butter
1 cup of confectioner’s sugar
1 cup of graham cracker crumbs (about half a package)
1 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips (6 oz.)
¼ cup of butter or margarine (4 tbsp.)
Mix the first three ingredients in a bowl. Be ready for an intense arm workout, as peanut butter puts up a pretty good fight against being mixed.
Next, press the mix into an 8×8 pan. Using your hands works best, but to get it nice and flat, try the edge of a knife or the bottom of a glass.
Melt chocolate and butter in a double-boiler saucepan. If you don’t have one, do what I did and Google alternatives. Pour the melted chocolate-butter combo over the pressed peanut butter blend and smooth over entire surface.
Place in a cool place, like the fridge, and be patient while it hardens. If you’re like me, you may need to leave the house to avoid the temptation of running to the fridge 5 minutes after you’ve put them in.
Finally, enjoy your delicious chocolate-peanut butter squares! Personal suggestion: I found that these bad boys make a ridiculously delicious topping when crushed and sprinkled over vanilla ice cream.
And finally, it appears I’m not the only one with chocolate and peanut butter on the brain. Saveur had its own tasty and pretty -looking recipe for Valentine’s Day, worth checking out if luring a glutton’s heart is on your to-do list this weekend.