Saturday, June 2, 2012

Un-Recipe Files – Homemade Nutty Bars

Remember Little Debbie Nutty Bars from your childhood?  Perhaps you were the kind of kid that separated the layers and ate each one individually in tiny bites to make it last.  No?  Ok, that was just me. 
We never had Little Debbie treats in our house growing up, so if I somehow got my hands on one I savored it.  My brother used to joke that the only “sweet” things in the house were chocolate chips and those silver BBs used to decorate cookies.  He may have been exaggerating a bit.
My mom was an amazing cook and would make us homemade apple pies, cookies, etc. which are 10x better than Little Debbie snacks.  I am actually so glad we did not grow up with any of those things. 
Anyway, even though those Nutty Bars are tasty they are full of nasty stuff.  Check out the ingredients label. 
I saw something online about making your own version at home, and decided to give it a try.  I used a good quality dark chocolate, crunchy peanut butter, and matzo crackers.  They were pretty tasty!
To make your own Nutty Bars….
  • Snap the matzo crackers into strips.  I tried every which way to make these even but always ended up with jagged pieces and a whole lot of crumbs.  I decided I liked the rustic look.
  • Stack up three pieces of cracker that look about even in size.
  • Melt the chocolate over a double boiler, or in the microwave.
  • Microwave a bowl of crunchy peanut butter for 30 seconds to make it spreadable.
  • Using a butter knife, spread the peanut butter between the crackers and sandwich them together.
  • Top off each cookie with a layer of chocolate.
  • Refrigerate until just set.
  • Serve at room temperature.

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