No-Bake Chocolate Bars are a decadent, satisfying dessert

Shannon M. Smurthwaite

Super sweet and easily assembled. The hard part is waiting until it’s chilled to perfection.

“Decadent” describes well this ultra-sweet dessert. The fact it requires no baking adds to its popularity in my recipe collection. The taste may imply a lot of effort or fancy ingredients are needed, but that is not the case.

My best tip as you begin: Measure as precisely as possible and place all ingredients separately in bowls. Also, have a place in your refrigerator ready and cleared for a seamless transfer. This exceptional dessert is created in a few short steps.

After refrigerating, cut into large or small squares, with or without garnishes of coconut, toasted almonds or caramel. The hard part will be waiting two hours for it to chill to perfection.

NO-BAKE CHOCOLATE BARS

2½ cups chocolate graham crackers (about 13-14 whole crackers), crushed into fine crumbs

¼ cup brown sugar, not packed

1¾ cups powdered/confection sugar

1 cup butter, softened (not margarine)

1 cup chunky/crunchy peanut butter

½ teaspoon real vanilla

10 ounces dark chocolate chips or broken bars (approximately 2¼ cups), melted

Optional: ½ cup shredded coconut (can be toasted)

Caramel syrup to taste

Sliced almonds, toasted

In food processor or sealable plastic bag, finely crush crackers. In large mixing bowl, blend well the graham crackers and sugars. Fold in butter, peanut butter…

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