So anyway, this has left me cooped up at home. While a lot of folks think that would be kind of a dream gig right there, laying on the couch all day eating bon bons and watching Storage Wars marathons on television, I gotta tell you, I’ve gotten a little bored.
OK, I was bored the second day. Which meant I had a lot of time to peruse the Interwebz and
So I made a few changes, as you’ll see (I’M SAVING THE BEST FOR LAST) to make it gluten free and even more delicious. First of all, I replaced the graham crackers with animal crackers. Partly because I don’t especially love graham crackers, even GF ones, and partly because hey, look in the pantry, there’s some GF Animal Crackers!
Now, since the animal crackers are a little sweet, that meant I had to reduce the amount of powdered sugar in the recipe, otherwise we’d lose the peanut buttery goodness. For the bars themselves, you’ll need the following:
3 Cups animal cracker crumbs
1 Cup peanut butter
1 Cup powdered sugar
1 Cup melted butter
Combine all of these together in a large bowl, and mix ‘em up. Be sure you use three cups of cookie crumbs, not three cups of cookies that you’ve turned into crumbs. There’s a difference in volume. And I use my Ninja Chopper to pulverize the shit out of my crumbs.
Spread this mixture into an ungreased 8x8 pan, and stick it in the fridge. Let it sit a couple of hours, until it’s nice and firm.
Now, this is where it gets good. The original recipe calls for a blend of peanut butter and chocolate spread all over the top, so that in theory, this would taste just like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. I thought that sounded good… but I can buy a Reese’s Cup at Kroger for 79 cents. I needed something… more.
And this, Gentle Reader, is where the fuckery truly begins. One word:
Yes. I decided these peanut butter bars were far too tasty for just a plain ol’ chocolate topping. They needed a chocolate bacon ganache.
For those of you who have never tried bacon with your chocolate, you’ve been missing out. It’s seriously good. And combining it with peanut butter? I’m getting oddly aroused just thinking about it.
1/2 lb bacon
8 oz Bakers chocolate
1 Cup heavy cream
Cook your bacon. You can cook it any way you like, but I prefer one of these methods:
1) Oven baked. Spread your bacon on a cookie sheet, flat, and bake at 400 for 20 minutes. You will NEVER pan fry again.
2) Microwave. Normally I think microwaved food is gross, but if you put your bacon on a paper towel on a plate, nuke it for about ten minutes, you’ve got nice evenly baked bacony goodness. Don’t overcook it, or it loses flavor.
I guess in theory, you could top these things with plain old melted chocolate, but unless you're a vegetarian, there's just no excuse for that. And I'll point at you and laugh.
Smear it around, covering all the peanut butter, and stick it back in the fridge to thicken.
Let it chill for a couple of hours. Cut into chunks, and dig in. Seriously, your arteries are gonna hate me for this one, but your taste buds will thank me a thousandfold. And when your spouse asks you why you went to the store and spent a ton of money and only brought home peanut butter, chocolate and bacon, remind him or her that those are the only Food Pyramid items that count.