Pinterest. To say I have become obsessed, may be a slight understatement. But, only slightly. This website is the best reference website I have ever laid eyes on. I cannot even begin to tell you how many long and strenuous searches for items I began, but was shortly saved by just a pin of that item from another pin-friend. I owe all of those people a thank you. Seriously, thank you.
If you do not have an account and want one, email me, and I will send you an invite. But, let me forewarn you… it can become addicting.
Anyway, my friend Stacey, had a really wonderful dessert pinned that I couldn't help but travel back to several times. Something about it's sweet and saltiness, chocolate layer madness, and not to mention it's beautiful presentation, the dessert just won me over.
Giving it my own little or big twist, Jeff and I like to call it "Our kind of Nutter Butter dessert". Peanut Butter. Caramel. Dark Chocolate. Nutella. Graham Crackers. Layers and Layers. It's heaven, and will be the perfect little treat to accompany us on our little getaway this weekend to the lake.
Beware, they are rich, but not rich enough to keep you from eating just one, that's for sure.
My kind of Nutter Butter dessert
Adapted very slightly from Blue Eyed Bakers
2 packages of Honey Graham Crackers
1 cup Earth Balance (butter)
1 cup organic dark brown sugar
1 cup peanut butter chips
1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chunks
3/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup Nutella
Line an 8 by 8" baking pan with aluminum foil, allowing excess to hang over sides. Spray the foil with non-stick cooking spray, and set aside.
Breaking the graham's in half, fill the cake pan with one layer of graham crackers. *Break grahams if needed to be sure you fill up the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle a handful or so of each the peanut butter chips and chocolate chunks over the graham layer.
Melt butter and brown sugar in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, until melted and starting to bubble. It should have a smooth, creamy consistency. Pour 1/3 of this mixture over the graham's as evenly as you can. Lay another layer of graham cracker's over this caramel layer. Repeat these steps two more times. Finishing with a layer of graham's on the top.
In a double broiler, melt the peanut butter and Nutella, until nice and smooth. Spread this mixture over the last layer of graham's as evenly as you can. Place dessert in the fridge or freezer, allowing to cool for at least 30 minutes or 20 minutes in freezer, so the Nutella top can set. Remove, and follow the guide lines of the graham's, and semi-cut into squares. (you can cut all the way through, but they may fall apart…. however, if they are too cold, they will break. So, either way, it is going to crack or be a little messy. :) But, messy treats are the best!) Put these bars back in the fridge or freezer and allow to cool completely.
To keep from chocolate layers melting (the top melts easily now that it is summer), store in the fridge.
*****ps. Yes, this is the dessert I dropped on the floor last night while putting on the top layer. I made another.