Just Dessert

     Rich, creamy semi-sweet chocolate swirled over a mix of peanut butter with graham cracker crumbs and powdered sugar makes a mouth-watering snack-sized dessert for a party, holiday gathering, or potluck.  Tomorrow, I'll bring it to work to just say, "thank you for your kindness" to all the teachers with whom I work.
     This dessert is ranked high on our family's "must haves" for the holidays. And the best part is that it is easy to make and does not require baking.  Hope it is a hit with your family just as it is with ours.


2 Cups Confectioners Sugar
2 Cups Graham Cracker Crumbs (the best are Nabisco, if you can find them)
1 Cup Smooth Peanut Butter
1/2 Cup plus 2 TBLS of melted butter
2 Cups plus a little more of Ghirardelli Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips melted (use chocolate with a good flavor because it tops the dessert)

Mix the confectioner's sugar and the graham cracker crumbs by hand until they are blended.  Add in the peanut butter and stir by hand again until it is almost mixed in.  Then add the melted butter and stir with the mixer until well blended.

Press the mixture into an ungreased 13"x9 " baking dish or pan.  Press with the back of a spoon or your clean fingers until the peanut butter mixture is evenly spread throughout the dish.

Melt the chocolate chips in the same pan that you used to melt the butter.  Just wipe out the excess butter with a paper towel, leaving a light coating that will keep the chocolate from sticking to the pan as it melts slowly.  Spread melted chocolate over the peanut butter mixture, swirling the chocolate with a spatula or spreader.

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours until the chocolate is firm.  I usually make this dessert the day before I need it.  Before you cut it into bars and serve it, let the dessert stand at room temperature for a half hour.  Makes 36 yummy bars.

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