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For some, the holidays are not over until the Super Bowl is finished. So much so that I even have co-workers purposely take vacation the day after the big game.

No matter your football allegiances, this is a night of fun for even the average sports fan. Although the game this year seems like a rerun, with the Patriots once again in the mix, it is still enjoyable to see the theatrics.

Now, I know not everyone is a fan of football or even cares about the game. However, there is something that nearly everyone will agree on. It is always good to have proper snacks during events like this.

Some will make small finger foods and the like, but some folks prepare a full smorgasbord of ribs, barbecue, and any other type of meat that is capable of being smoked. I don’t go to that type of extreme food lineup for the big game, but I do like to prepare snacks that I don’t normally eat.

I’ve gone to Super Bowl parties in the past, and while I enjoy them, this year we decided to stay home and have our own mini-party. Of course, when doing so, we look for any opportunity to incorporate a recipe from the Carter County church cookbooks.

The recipes that we have prepared for this series have never disappointed. One would think that you would eventually prepare a recipe that wouldn’t be all that great. I must say, the chefs in Carter County are phenomenal. Everything that we have prepared has been enjoyable. This week was no exception.

We decided to go with something that is sweet and can stretch a little in case you wanted to share. With my love for peanut butter already well documented, this recipe was perfectly aligned with my taste buds.

The recipe this week is simple and delicious, two combinations that I enjoy. I’ve always enjoyed the peanut butter cups that you can purchase at any convenience store. Well, think of those, but on a bigger level. Intrigued? I don’t blame you, because with this recipe you will be able to recreate a taste that is in the same league.

With this recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars by Courtney Johnson from the Reedville Christian Baptist Church Cookbook, you will be able to recreate a sweet and tasty treat that is sure to please.

To complete this recipe, you will need the following ingredients:

2 c. peanut butter

1 c. brown sugar

½ c. butter, melted

1 tsp. vanilla

1 lb. confectioners’ sugar


1 c. chocolate chips

2 Tbsp. butter

Mix the first four ingredients until smooth. You will then add the confectioners’ sugar a little at a time. Spread this into a buttered 13x9 pan. For the topping, melt the chocolate chips and 2 tbsp. butter over hot, but not boiling water. You will spread this over the peanut butter mixture and let it cool. Cut into squares.

You can simply read the ingredient list and tell that this is delicious. The ratio of the peanut butter and chocolate is perfect, with neither overpowering the other. With a low preparation cost, and a high yield, this is a very cost-effective dish. Perfect for a family treat, or a party with friends, we give this recipe a high recommendation.

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