Sunday, August 24, 2014

Cookie Butter Crunch Bars (no bake)

We made a trip to Trader Joe's especially to get cookie butter.  If you haven't tried cookie butter, you MUST.  It is so good, you can just eat it with a spoon.  I found these no bake bars and we all loved them. 
Cookie Butter Crunch Bars (no bake)

1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
2 cups rough/crushed graham cracker crumbs* (I used cinnamon flavored)
1 cup cookie butter
1 cup unsalted butter, melted
3/4 ts sea salt

about 8-10 ounces of white chocolate, melted
couple TB of cookie butter for swirling in the white chocolate

cooks notes:
* crush up the graham crackers with a little bit of rough chop still left in there. No need to go to
a fine powder. We want crunch!
You can easily use peanut butter, just use less salt as well, about 1/2 ts.
If you do use peanut butter, maybe use dark chocolate as a topping?

Grease up an 8 or 9-inch square pan.

Combine all ingredients (except the topping ingredients) in a bowl and mix well.  Pour into pan, spread   mixture into corners, making sure to push down and make flat.

Cover the top of mixture with plastic wrap, making sure to get all corners covered.  Place in fridge for at least an hour.

When ready to use/make the topping, melt the white chocolate over a double boiler or whatever
method you prefer.

I placed the melted white chocolate on the top, spread it around, then added in a couple clumps
of cookie butter and swirled it in for a nice visual.***Beth suggests to cut the bars now, while they are soft.  It is hard to cut through the hardened chocolate topping.

Let the chocolate topping harden, or put it back in fridge to finish setting up.  Use a sharp knife and slice into squares.

It's best to keep this cold; does not do well at room temp in the summer.
Makes about 12-15 small bars, depending on how you slice them.

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