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I remember the excitement of my first Mother’s Day. It is definitely a day I’ll never forget. I know we didn’t have a whole lot of extra money; I was still off work due to a complication from having my son. I received a beautiful card and we went to lunch. It was a perfect day for me. This year another family member will celebrate her first Mother’s Day. My sister-in-law gave birth to my nephew just a few weeks ago. I thought it would be fun to share a recipe that requires no baking and not a lot of culinary skill to reproduce. My brother has limited cooking skills, so this is just easy enough for him to make. This recipe is a great way to introduce children to the kitchen and to show the peanut butter loving mom in your life how much you care. Hopefully this post will give you a little inspiration to help make Mother’s Day the #BestMomsDayEver, and if you scroll all the way to the bottom you can enter a giveaway sponsored by American Greetings.
Some people have incredible culinary skills, and some people don’t. I enjoy sharing recipes on the blog that readers of any cooking skill level might attempt. These bars are so easy, and they don’t require lots of ingredients. If the mom in your life doesn’t like peanut butter, you could easily swap out the peanut butter for almond or cashew butter. They even sell crushed graham crackers if you don’t want to attempt to crush them yourself (but I view crushing graham crackers as a stress reliever). Gabe and I are gonna make a batch of these and take them to my mom and his grandmother. These no-bake bars also can be packaged up and stored nicely in the fridge.
- 1 cup peanut butter
- ¾ cup confectioners sugar
- ½ cup butter
- 1 cup finely crushed chocolate graham crackers
- 1 cup semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon butter or vegetable oil (for topping)
- ⅛ cup chopped peanuts
- Line a 9x9 baking pan with parchment or wax paper
- Melt butter and combine with peanut butter
- Slowly mix in the sugar and graham crackers
- Mixture will be very thick
- Press into the bottom of the baking pan and flatten
- Melt chocolate chips in the microwave or over a double-boiler with the tablespoon of butter or vegetable oil
- Pour over peanut butter mixture and spread
- Top with chopped peanuts
- Refrigerate at least 1.5 hours
- When bars are set, gently remove them from pan and slice into squares
If you haven’t melted chocolate in the microwave, it has to be done on low temperatures. You don’t want to scorch your chocolate by overheating it. I put my microwave on 10% power for 20 seconds. You’ll need stir after 20 seconds, and then repeat heating until the chocolate is smooth and glossy.
A Mother’s Day just isn’t complete without a card. I was browsing the large selection of beautiful Mother’s Day cards available from American Greetings at Walmart. American Greetings has a One-Stop Shop at Walmart which is full of cards and great gift ideas such as candles, flowers, and candy. I found a beautiful card for my brother to give to my sister-in-law to help celebrate her first Mother’s Day.
Check out this great giveaway from American Greetings, and make sure to stop by the American Greetings One-Stop Shop at your local Walmart to pick up Mother’s Day cards and gifts for the moms in your life.