No Bake Buckeye Bars

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These easy desserts consist of a creamy peanut butter layer topped with ganache and are no bake. This no bake buckeye bars recipe is an excellent summer dessert since it doesn’t require the heat of the oven to complete. The only electronic kitchen equipment you will need to prepare this easy bar recipe is a beater and the stove, so you won’t have to worry about making the kitchen overly hot when preparing it. If you adore the pairing of peanut butter and chocolate, this Buckeye bars recipe will be one you will make again and again.

For those who aren’t aware of what Buckeye is referring to, it is actually about the buckeye candy. Buckeye candies are a confection covered with chocolate and filled with peanut butter fudge. They supposedly resemble the nut from the Ohio buckeye tree, and as such, are popular in Ohio as well as the neighboring states. Naturally, this Buckeye bar recipe isn’t in the shape of a nut, but the taste of them is very similar to the buckeye candy. This bar recipe consists of a classic graham cracker crust, only using chocolate graham crackers to fit in with the buckeye’s flavor profile. The graham crackers get blended in a food processor into coarse crumbs and mixed with butter. You may not own a food processor, but you could always pulse the crackers in batches in a coffee or spice grinder. Alternatively, you could place them in a Ziploc bag and crush them with the base of a pot or a rolling pin. Either way, you should be able to get the crackers to a fine enough crumb for the base of this dessert recipe.

This dessert also comprises of an easy ganache recipe, which will become a useful skill in all your future baking endeavors. Ganache refers to the thin chocolate coating over the top of the bars and consists of just two ingredients, chocolate, and cream. The cream allows the chocolate to remain at a smooth consistency rather than hardening completely. The proportions of chocolate to cream, as well as the variety of chocolate used, will vary depending on what the ganache is being used for. If it is being used as a glaze, you will want a looser ganache since you need it to smooth out over a cake easily. If you want to use the ganache as the interior component to truffles recipes, your ganache will be firmer.

Nutrition Facts for: No Bake Buckeye Bars from The First Year

Ingredients: Chocolate graham cracker crumbs, unsalted butter, peanut butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, heavy cream, chocolate chips.

* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

* The entire recipe has been calculated for 8 servings.

* Per Serving:Calories 546, Calories from Fat 376, Total Fat 41.8g 64%, Saturated Fat 20.8g 104%, Cholesterol 82mg 27%, Sodium 365mg 15%, Potassium 248mg 7%, Carbohydrates 36.0g 12%, Dietary Fiber 2.5g 10%, Sugars 24.6g, Protein 10.1g, Vitamin A 19%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 6%, Iron 19%

Those who adore the taste of peanut butter dessert recipes will love this buckeye recipe involving a creamy peanut butter layer. You may have encountered chocolate peanut butter bars before, but the addition of cream cheese takes the filling over the top because it is so rich and velvety. Heavy cream is also added, and the entire mixture is whipped until very fluffy and creamy. Usually whipped cream won’t hold well over the long term, but since it has the stabilizers of cream cheese and peanut butter, it will keep for a reasonable amount of time. Thank you to Beth, the author of ‘The First Year’ recipe blog, for sharing her no bake buckeye bars recipe with us.

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