Some of my fondest food-related Christmas memories involve these Peanut Butter Squares. Growing up my mom always made “Christmas candy” at Thanksgiving and Christmas (she still does). She always made quite a variety of candies, and they were all so yummy. But my absolute favorite candy was these Peanut Butter Squares. (They’re kind of similar to Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups! 😉 )
After she had several different candies made, my three siblings and I would help her place a few of each kind on a plate and deliver them to friends and neighbors at Christmas. Everyone was always excited to get some of Kathy’s Christmas candy because it was well-known how good it was. Some people even made specific requests for it.
Fast-forward several years. I have four children of my own, ages 2 to 8, and one of their favorite things to do at Christmas is to deliver gifts and goodies to our neighbors and friends. I am a pretty darn good cook (I had an excellent teacher 😉 ), but I have to admit that I don’t spend tons of time in the kitchen like my mom did. So some years our neighbor gifts are simple and store-bought, and other years I set aside the time to make homemade treats. These Peanut Butter Squares are easy to make and super yummy.
You will need the following ingredients: (amounts may vary slightly)
1 1/2 cups peanut butter, add another 1/4 cup if necessary
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup crushed graham crackers
Combine the peanut butter, powdered sugar, and finely crushed graham crackers. Mix by hand until well mixed. The dough should be slightly dry. Place in a buttered 8 x 8 square pan. Melt the dipping chocolate and spread a layer (to your desired thickness) evenly over the peanut butter mixture. Chill. Cut into small squares; this is the tricky part. My chocolate always cracks as I’m cutting it, so I just cut them into whatever shapes the chocolate allows. They may not always look pretty, but they’re delicious! 😉
Karli & Angie