Let me tell you something about sweets. I love them. And baking? I love that too. If I could spend the rest of my life baking up a storm and eating sweets and wearing pajamas I would do it in a heartbeat and literally not look back.BUT…there are two reasons why I don’t bake as often as I would like to and they are 1) baking = huge mess and 2) I am the only one in my house that enjoys sweets. However, I stumbled upon this article recently and my curiosity for what these mysterious ritz cracker bars would taste like far outweighed my disdain for a messy kitchen and the ability to eat my weight in dessert.I followed the recipe linked in the article (or here) except I used milk chocolate chips instead of dark chocolate.Let me tell you something, these bars are PERFECTION.
After baking and cooling they take on the texture of a soft-fudgy-cookie-brownie bar. Which is awesome.
But do you think that I would stop at just this? Nope.After making my first test batch I took a long hard look at a jar of peanut butter in my pantry and decided to add 1 heaping cup of softened peanut butter to the crumb and sweetened condensed milk mixture.
PERFECTION x 2.
I let both batches of bars cool in the fridge for a good 4 hours or so and then stored them in the fridg after slicing.I would be lying if I said they didn’t taste even better after being in the fridge overnight.Those damn ritz crackers and their buttery texture, combined with just enough richness from the condensed milk, and the layer of chocolate on top just came together so beautifully.The best part is that the entire cost for this recipe was under $10 and they only took about 30 minutes to make all said and done.