Who put the peanut butter in my chocolate? No one at the elementary school that my children attend, that’s for sure. Ah, modern life in the big city: traffic, air pollution and nut-free schools. I grew up surviving on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. If you had sliced me in half on any given school day I would have bled peanut butter. Not so my children. At first I thought – what on earth would I feed them? How can you survive an elementary school education without an overdose on PB&J? I’m here to tell you, it can be done. However, being that I have non-nut allergic children we have to get our nut fix in some other manner. To that end I give to you a modern take on the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. No milk chocolate for us Sterns, so we’ve swapped in dark chocolate, and just to make things a tad racy we’ve added a hint of Amaretto. This is an A+ dessert, almost worth risking the wrath of the School Administration to sneak some into school lunch boxes…
Dark Chocolate Amaretti Peanut Butter Cups (12 small servings)
- ½ cup butter
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 ¼ cups confectioners sugar
- 2 cups crumbled Amaretti cookies (make sure you get the crunchy cookies, not soft ones)
- 1 cup melted dark chocolate
Melt the butter and peanut butter together on low heat. Once they are melted, add the confectioner’s sugar and then the cookie crumbs. Press this mixture into the bottom of a 9×9 square pan. Melt the chocolate. Using a soft spatula spread the chocolate over the top of the cookie crumb crust. Allow the bars to sit for at least two hours before you cut them. Once they are cut, store in an airtight container in the fridge.