Sunday, April 3, 2011

Peanut Butter Bars

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped
1/4 Tbsp. light brown sugar
1 stick butter, melted
1 pkg (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup regular sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup Peanut Butter Bars, crushed (about 20)
8-10 Peanut Butter Bars, crushed and set aside
Glaze (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a med. bowl mix flour, nuts, brown sugar and butter.  Press into the bottom of 9 x 13 x 2" baking dish.  Bake about 10-21 minutes or until slightly browned.  In another bowl using a mixer blend cream cheese and sugar.  Add eggs and vanilla.  Stir in 1 cup peanut butter bars.  Pour over crust.  Bake 25 minutes.  Remove from oven.  Spread a fine glaze over top and sprinkle with remaining peanut butter bars.  Refrigerate.  Makes about 30 bars.

Notes:  In the picture you'll see the type of peanut butter bars I used.  You can use chocolate coated peanut butter candy instead of the type I used.  This also works well with crushed toffee candy.  For my glaze I used Duncan Hines Amazing Glazes.  I keep a bottle of this in my refrigerator to use when I want a glaze that isn't sticky when cooled.  This works perfect.  You can also use the chocolate glaze for added flavor.
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