Every summer of my youth, I was either a camper or (later) a camp counselor at FOCUS camp up in Martha’s Vineyard. It is a lovely, lovely place and I highly recommend it. However, the first year I got incredibly homesick to epic proportions—so much so that I faked sick and had the camp nurse call my mother to see if I should go home early or not (let it be noted that I was fourteen at the time).
Naturally, my mother was able to see right through my little ploy and told the nurse no, I would stay the entire week. And so I wailed and complained and refused to make any friends whatsoever, content with basking in self-pity in my upper bunk all alone.
I did this for a whole two days, and on the afternoon of the third day, found myself hungry.
So, I took my first shower in days, blew my hair dry and made my way down to the cafeteria for dinner just in time for evening prayer. And as I gingerly sat down at a table next to the girls in my cabin, they smiled warmly and passed me a plate of food.
To be honest, I don’t really remember what was on the plate but I know for a fact that dessert was Oh Baby Bars.
Oh Baby Bars are simply a form of homemade peanut butter cups, with a rich peanut buttery base and a smooth chocolate top. They’re incredibly simple to make, don’t involve an oven at all, and are perfect for nursing whatever ailment you’ve got going on, whether that’s homesickness, a broken heart, or just a major chocolate craving.
All you need for the peanut butter base is peanut butter (duh), powdered sugar, butter and a pinch of brown sugar.
Combine and blend in either a Kitchen Aid (with paddle attachment) or by hand. I used a Kitchen Aid and it was a breeze…if you do it by hand, make sure that your butter is soft!
Then, press into a nine by thirteen inch dish…like so:
And then to work on melting your chocolate! This is just two bars of dark and one bar of milk…and a tablespoon of butter.
Usually, you’d want to use a double boiler when you melt chocolate but since there’s a wee bit of butter in there as well, you’re fine just melting carefully over super low heat.
And then you know what to do….
Awwww yeah. There’s really not much better in life than homemade peanut butter cups. Whoever thought to put chocolate and peanut butter together in the first place?!
Whoever you are, I love you.
Smooth the top of your masterpiece and stick it in the fridge for an hour or so. The chocolate will harden right up and then you can cut into squares.
Just try not to eat the whole thing yourself…that would lead to a tummy ache. Since these bars are so rich, a small slice does the trick! They’re great for parties, especially and no one has to know it took you only ten minutes to make!
Oh Baby Bars
makes about 48 small bars
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
7 ounces milk chocolate
4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
1 T butter
Blend together the brown sugar, powdered sugar, butter and peanut butter until it reaches a smooth paste-like consistency. Press into the bottom of a nine by thirteen inch pan.
Melt the chocolate with the tablespoon of butter over very low heat (or in a microwave). Pour melted chocolate over the peanut butter crust and stick in the fridge for an hour to harden.
Cut into squares and serve!