Rugged And Handsome Or Smooth Talker

August 20 , 2017 by: Amber Trudeau Bars, Brownies, Candy, Cookies

…No, I’m not asking about your dating type (or personal description…I don’t know how you word your online dating profile! I will freely admit to knowing absolutely nothing about online dating and what goes on there. I luckily found the yin to my yang (that sounded weirdly dirty, but you know what I’m saying) before online dating really took off and became a socially normalized thing. I don’t think I’d get many dates, I’d make too many stupid puns thinking I’d be coming across as hilarious and I’d probably use some photo where I was dressed up as a smarty pans (i.e. wearing pants covered in smarties), forgetting completely about the fact that I’m supposed to be trying to attract people and not repel them. Luckily Kevin has saved me (and the world) from being subjected to this tragic use of internet dating sites).

The real title reference is to your two possible options for making these bars. These delectable cubes of deliciousness by the way are (brace yourself for the shocking, never-before-used-on this website “secret” ingredient) essentially peanut butter balls (Amber!!! LIES!!! I can’t believe you just straight up BS’d us like that!!! You’ve used peanut butter here so often that I’ve considered suggesting to you that you change your website name to “All Peanut Butter All The Time” or, despite the copyright infringement, “It’s Always Peanut Butter (Jelly) Time”. I thought we could trust you!! For shame. *sad head shake* For SHAME!!!!!!!!!!!! (Amber’s side note: FYI – this fake blog reader clearly owns a website that gets revenue by the exclamation point, am I right? 😉 )).

What was I saying again? Oh right, so these are essentially peanut butter balls, but the super lazy kind. I mean, who has time to mix four or so ingredients together, roll them into little balls and then dip them in chocolate? That just sounds like a Herculean task, particularly when you want peanut butter STAT (like, hook up your veins to a PB machine and just wait for the heart attack to happen kind of urgent necessity. What a way to go *blissful sigh*). How to get around this? Just press said four ingredients into a baking pan (or five ingredients if you want the crunchier/ textural option which involves adding some crisp rice cereal. Ummm…have I mentioned that I have a box of Rice Krispies that I’ve been trying to use up? No? Well, that’s 100% the reason why they’ve shown up in my last two posts in case you were starting to eye me suspiciously thinking that I was getting some sort of financial kick back for their overly visible presence around here lately. But, uh, Kellogg’s, I’m here for you if you want to give me some free cereal, or money, or a villa in Spain, or… you know… whatever you think is reasonable. I’m just spitballing options here 😉 ), top with some melted chocolate, and voilà, instant peanut butter “ball”! Also, this gives you total freedom to play around with your desired level of peanut butter to chocolate ratio. I actually think another good idea if your impatience level was only at Mach 9 instead of Mach 10, you could put half the peanut butter mixture in the pan, top with chocolate, put the other half in, then top with more chocolate. Clearly I was in much too big of a rush for that nonsense, but it sounds delicious.

So many choices, you better get started on this right away, because I’m coming over and I can’t be held responsible for my actions if my peanut butter addictions can’t be assuaged instantaneously upon my arrival 😉 .

Crispy (or not) Peanut Butter Ball Bars

Yield: 16 bars


  • 1 1/2 cups peanut butter
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegan butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup Rice Krispies (or any rice cereal) – optional
  • 2 cups chocolate chips (or chopped chocolate)


  1. Combine peanut butter, icing sugar, butter and vanilla, and mix until full combined. Mix in Rice Krispies if using.
  2. Press into a lightly greased 8×8 baking dish (I used the back of a glass to really press it down firmly). Place in the refrigerator for a few minutes while melting chocolate.
  3. Melt chocolate in the microwave, or in a double boiler on the stovetop.
  4. Pour over peanut butter mixture and return to the fridge until chocolate has set.
  5. Remove from the fridge and allow to warm up a bit before cutting into squares.


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Hi, I'm Amber Trudeau.  I bake.... a lot.

I'm also vegan, and found that whenever I went out to a restaurant my dessert choices were limited to sorbet, sorbet, and sorbet.  So I started making my own desserts. I wanted them to taste good though - so my ultimatum was to make delicious desserts that also happen to be dairy-free and egg-free. Every week or so, I challenge myself to try something new.  To recreate some kind of traditional dessert that tastes amazing without using animal products.

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