On the twelfth day of Christmas…
…we celebrate together with Buckeye Bars!
We end the Twelve Days of Cookies with one of my all-time favorite flavor combinations: chocolate and peanut butter! I specifically chose this treat for the final day because it represents everything holiday baking should be: simple and comforting.
This time of year gets so hectic with gifts to buy, tress to decorate and parties to attend. It is easy for baking to become another item on the to-do list, a chore that must be done. My goal through these twelve days of cookies has been to remind you that that holiday baking can be easy and should be fun; to remind you that it is meant to bring joy and love, not stress and grief.
These buckeye bars accomplish just that. They are a no-fuss, no-stress treat that tastes exactly like a Reese’s peanut butter cup. And who doesn’t love Reese’s?! Rich chocolate + creamy peanut butter = perfection. Honestly, the hardest part of making this recipe is to wait two hours for the bars to chill. Otherwise, all you have to do is mix, melt and pour. If you’re looking to involve your kids in the kitchen this Christmas break, this is a great, kid-friendly recipe to make together. Let them add their own creative twist with holiday sprinkles and cookie cutters. It is nearly impossible to mess these tasty bars up!
Thank you for joining me as I shared my twelve favorite holiday cookies/bars with you. I hope you found some new favorites and discovered that holiday baking can be stress-free! Happy holidays to all!
- ¾ cup unsalted butter, melted
- 3½ cups powdered sugar
- 1½ cups creamy peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 16-oz. bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon butter
- Line a 13x9 inch jelly roll/baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Beat the melted butter, powdered sugar, peanut butter and vanilla extract together until well combined. Scoop the mixture into the prepared pan and press until it is in an even layer.
- In a microwaves-safe bowl, combine chocolate chips and remaining tablespoon of butter. Heat for 30 seconds at a time, stirring until chocolate is smooth
- Spread evenly over top of peanut butter layer.
- Refrigerate for 2 hours, or until chocolate has set. Cut into piece and store in airtight container at room temperature.