Happy Christmas Eve, everybody! I hope you are all doing well. I have been working harder than I have in a while these past few days and am aiming to take the next two days “off” to allow me to relax a tiny bit. Ignoring that the convention is in less than a month away and I still have way too much to make. That’s okay though. It’s going to get done well before the convention, even though it’s so close.
When Christmas was approaching, I was really hoping it would just be Hurricane and myself spending it together. I thought I would be obligated to spend it with my mother, but when she told me she was thinking of going on a trip for Christmas Eve instead of having a small family dinner, I couldn’t be help but be extremely supportive!!!
I made a mental list of all the things I wanted to eat for Christmas Eve, making sure that there wouldn’t be too much food and anything that was left over would be perfectly fine to eat in the upcoming days. I think I actually have too many sides, but that’s okay. Everything is stuff I’ll eat past Christmas.
While I won’t be cooking most stuff until later today, I wanted to get a move on with the stuff that could be refrigerated. It frees up the pans & bowls I need for later today and will make it easier for me to get food out on the table. I’m aiming to make everything except for the pasta and garlic bread ahead of time. Or at least, enough ahead of time to make me actually enjoy other parts of Christmas Eve!
Right now, I have only made two foods so far: potato salad and peanut butter squares!
I never had made potato salad before and only had a vague idea of how to make it. I asked my grandmother for her recipe, only because my mother’s recipe is potatoes, pepper, mayonnaise, and nothing else and my grandmother’s has a bit more taste to it. I kept on having to ask my grandmother how do I make the egg because I wasn’t sure. I think it’s a hard boiled egg?
Then we come to the Peanut Butter Squares, which is a recipe you guys are getting today! My mother has made them for as long as I can remember. They’re easily one of my favourite desserts for holidays. I’m personally a huge fan of peanut butter and chocolate and this recipe brings together the flavours perfectly.
The recipe I’m presenting to you guys is from a recipe cards that has seen better days. When my mother asked me during Thanksgiving for the measurements, I saw the faded, torn card and immediately thought that I needed to preserve it! One of the ways to let me do that is to share the recipe with you guys!
I’m not quite sure who made it, but I’m sure someone in my family (not sure which side) got the recipe from somewhere…a source that is probably long forgotten by now.
Although my family usually calls them “peanut butter squares”, they can also be called Peanut Butter Rectangles or Peanut Butter Bars.
- 1 Stick Softened Butter OR Margarine
- 1 1/2 Cups *Peanut Butter
- 1 Cup Graham Cracker Crumbs
- 2 1/2 Cups of Confectioner's Powder Sugar
- 6 oz Chocolate Chips
- Mix butter/margarine with your peanut butter and graham cracker crumbs; stir until they combine.
- Add in the Confectioner's Powder Sugar and stir again until it combines with the mixture.
- Melt chocolate chips.
- While your chocolate chips are melting, place mixture (peanut butter, graham cracker crumbs, butter, and powder sugar) into a **cake pan.
- Place melted chocolate chips onto the top of the mixture, making it as even as you can possibly make it.
- Refrigerate until chocolate hardens.
- Cut and serve!
*The original recipe calls for chunky peanut butter. My mother usually uses creamy peanut butter, which is what I used for mine this time around. I personally would recommend using whatever peanut butter you personally like!!
**The recipe recommends a 13 x 11 pan, but you can go with any size you like; I think I went with a 13 x 9.
I really do love Peanut Butter Squares. I think this is the second time I’ve ever made them so far in my life and I guarantee it won’t be the last. I think…
My mom usually is the one who makes them, but there was one time when I decided to make them myself. I can’t quite remember why I did the first time, but I did. The thing that stood out to me the most was the mixing of the ingredients. Mixing the graham crackers, peanut butter, and butter together was difficult enough, but when you add in the powder sugar, you REALLY get a workout. This time around, I found it to be a bit easier than I remembered…just not by much.
The other hard part was trying to spread the mixture in the pan I placed it in. I did get it, it was just difficult to get it to spread evenly.
I’m very excited to be sharing my family’s peanut butter square recipe with all of you! I hope you peanut-butter likers and lovers will try this out one day soon!
As always, thanks for reading and enjoy!! Happy Holidays!!