Now we’re talking baby! Original. Sin. Bars. This is my kind of treat. Yummy, crunchy, peanut buttery base topped by some decadent, rich chocolate and then alluringly dusted with flaky sea salt. You will find that these bars are an exquisite sweet and salty bliss. I know that Eve was most tragically, tempted by an apple. Well all I can say is that the Old Serpent behind that infamous enticement must not have given her the choice between an apple or one of these Original Sin Bars. Believe me…there is no contest…and I say this even though my favourite fruit is the apple. I mean, don’t get me wrong. I definitely appreciate the fruit based desserts. They have the potential to be phenomenal when there is lovely fresh fruit to be had. I’ve certainly posted a good number of those seasonal, fresh fruit recipes here. You see, my husband LOVES the fruit desserts. He would pick a crumble, cobbler or buckle over any chocolaty treat offered up. Me? I’m all about the peanut butter. Of course adding chocolate to the mix certainly doesn’t hurt, but you can often find me and my pup Gimlet in the kitchen eating peanut butter right out of the jar! (Chill out! We aren’t sharing the same spoon….usually…)
I guess what I’m saying is that I fear that the Old Viper might give me quite a run for my money if he were to attempt to enact some terrible snare upon me by provocatively dangling one of these bars before my eyes. Lord, Give me strength! The good news is that you can achieve the divine taste of these bars rather effortlessly, no dire challenge required. In fact, I whipped up some of these scrumptious treats in no time for my dear pal’s birthday celebrations, just a short time ago. He (whose name I will withhold) also loves the good old peanut butter / chocolate combo. And for some reason, when I was sorting through my recipes, thinking of what dessert I might make to mark his day and saw the good ole “sin” bars, he (and you know who you are…) just popped right to mind…Just kidding!!!…well, sort of….:) Anyhoo….give these bars a try the next time you’re feeling a bit naughty. You won’t regret it!
Original Sin Bars
recipe from Making Life Delicious
yield: 20 squares or so depending on how you cut them
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
- 2 cups chunky peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups graham cracker crumbs (22 graham crackers ground up finely in food processor)
- 4 cups (1 pound) powdered sugar
- 7 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped or chips
- 4 ounces milk chocolate, chopped or chips
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
- large pinch of kosher salt
- Maldon Sea Salt to sprinkle over the top
Line a 9 X 13-inch pan with aluminum foil. Make sure the foil extends about 2 inches up past the two long sides of the pan. You will use this extra foil later to lift the finished bars out of the pan before cutting.
Melt butter with peanut butter in the microwave, stirring until smooth. Add the graham cracker crumbs, vanilla and powdered sugar. Mix until thoroughly combined.
Pat the peanut butter mixture into the lined ungreased 9 X 13-inch pan.
Melt the chocolate chips, butter and the pinch of salt in the microwave and stir until smooth.
Spread the melted chocolate mixture over the peanut butter layer.
Sprinkle Maldon Sea Salt over the chocolate layer.
Chill in the refrigerator until firm, about 30 minutes. Cut with a hot dry knife.