You know how sometimes you set out to make something, you tediously follow the directions, and the finished product is just as the recipe described? Yeah, that’s not how I ended up with these Copycat Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups but nobody was complaining.
You see, I set out to make these Peanut Butter Squares from Tastes of Lizzy T’s. I’m sure they’re really delicious but, let me assure you, so’s my variation. What’d I do different? I left out a key ingredient. The ingredient that likely firms up the peanut butter mixture and makes it more bar-like and less Reese’s like. The butter, I left out the butter. **gasp** It wasn’t intentional. If I would’ve realized it at any point before the chocolate was layered on top, I would’ve gone back and fixed it. But I didn’t and, alas, this soft peanut buttery deliciousness was created.
I just cut these into squares but you could easily use cookie cutters to make Christmas trees, pumpkins, or Easter eggs. There’s lots of possibilities!
- 3½ cups peanut butter
- 3¾ cups powdered sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ T vanilla
- 6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate (I used chocolate chips but you could also use baking squares)
- Mix peanut butter, sugars, and vanilla in a stand mixer until well mixed together. Line the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan with parchment paper. You could use aluminum foil but I'd recommend the parchment paper.
- Press the peanut butter mixture in the bottom of the pan. Melt the chocolate. I did this in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until it was melted. Pour the melted chocolate over the peanut butter and put in the refrigerator to set, about 20 minutes.
- Remove from the refrigerator and pull the parchment paper out of the pan. Put on a flat surface and cut into squares or use cookie cutters to make the shape you want.
- Store in the refrigerator.