Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars

Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars

8 medium (3 inches in diameter) packaged chocolate chip cookies

1/4 C. melted butter plus 1/2 C. softened butter (divided)

2 1/2 C. milk chocolate chips, melted (divided)

1 1/2 C. creamy peanut butter

3 C. sugar

2 t. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 325°F.

In food processor, blend cookies until finely ground. Add the 1/4 cup melted butter and mix until combined.

Press onto bottom of 8-inch square baking pan. Bake in preheated oven 10 minutes; cool to room temperature.

Pour half the melted chocolate over crust and smooth out. Refrigerate chocolate-covered crust until firm, about 15 minutes. Keep remaining chocolate warm.

With electric mixer, blend peanut butter and 1/2 cup softened butter until smooth. Gradually add sugar and vanilla, beating until smooth.

Spread peanut butter mixture over chilled chocolate, then finish by pouring remaining warm chocolate over filling and spreading until smooth. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.

Cut into 24 to 36 bars.

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