Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Dessert of a Lifetime

Nate noted that these are now his favorite dessert that I make. We are slighty biased towards the chocolate and peanut butter combo, but even martha calls the two a "perfect pairing".

I give you Martha Stewart's August 2008 Cookie of the Month:
No-Bake Chocolate and Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars
Cooking spray
9 oz chocolate wafers, finely ground (2 cups)
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
1/4 tsp salt
5 oz (1 stick plus 2 TB) unsalted butter
1 cup chunky peanut butter
3/4 cup + 3 TB creamy peanut butter
10 oz semisweet chocolate, melted
1 1/2 oz milk chocolate, melted

1. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Line with parchment, leaving a 2-inch overhang on the 2 long sides.
2. Combine wafers, oats, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat, then add chunky peanut butter and 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter, whisking until well combined. Add peanut butter mixture to wafer mixture, stirring until combined. Transfer to baking dish, and use the bottom of a measuring cup or an offset spatula to firmly press mixture into an even layer. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
3. Pour melted semisweet chocolate over chilled mixture and, using an offset spatula, spread into a thin layer that covers the entire surface. Refrigerate until hardened, at least 15 minutes.
4. Heat remaining 3 tablespoons smooth peanut butter in a small saucepan until runny. Drizzle peanut butter over chilled chocolate. Drizzle melted milk chocolate over peanut butter. Refrigerate until hardened, about 15 minutes.
5. Use parchment to lift out chilled block of bars. Run a sharp knife under hot water, dry well, and cut into 24 squares, wiping knife between cuts. Let bars stand at room temperature for 10 minutes before serving. (Sliced bars can be refrigerated for up to 1 week or frozen for up to 1 month.)

We used chocolate graham crackers in place of the wafer cookies and dark chocolate in place of the milk chocolate. Delish!

Recipe & Photo Source: Martha Stewart


BrookeB said...

I am so trying these! saw them in the mag. yesterday and have been dreaming of them since!

BrookeB said...

ok....I made AWESOME! I used regular honey grahams instead of the wafers. So rich!