Makes 5 dozen bars
2 cups peanut butter, divided
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar, divided
3 cups graham cracker crumbs
2 cups (12-ounce package) NestlÈ Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Morsels, divided
GREASE 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
BEAT 1 1/4 cups peanut butter and butter in large mixer bowl until creamy. Gradually beat in 1 cup powdered sugar. With hands or wooden spoon, work in remaining 1 cup powdered sugar, graham cracker crumbs and 1/2 cup morsels. Press evenly into prepared baking pan. Smooth top with spatula.
MELT remaining 3/4 cup peanut butter and remaining 1 1/2 cups morsels in medium, heavy-duty saucepan over lowest possible heat, stirring constantly, until smooth. Spread over graham cracker crust in pan. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until chocolate is firm. Cut into bars. Store in covered container in refrigerator.
Nutrition Information per serving: 140 calories; 80 calories from fat; 9g total fat; 3.5g saturated fat; 5mg cholesterol; 85mg sodium; 14g carbohydrate; .5g fiber; 10g sugars; 3g protein
Fact BoxFamily Picnic Fun
The sun is out, spring breezes are blowing - it's time for a family picnic!
If you're ready to enjoy an afternoon in the great outdoors, pack up a basket or cooler and head out to a nearby park or arboretum. The backyard makes a great spot, too.
Be sure to allow time for exploring and playing. In addition to playing things like tag and Frisbee, try some of these fun activities:
* Scavenger hunt - make a list of things to find, like a bird feather, a pine cone and an acorn.
* I Spy - a great way to help kids learn to observe nature.
* Art al Fresco - use paper plates as canvases. Let the kids draw things they see or create collages out of natural objects.
No picnic would be complete without a fun - and easy - dessert. These bar cookies are a tasty way to wrap up a day of family fun. You can find more picnic-ready treat recipes at TollHouse.comJenny Harper is Consumer Test Kitchen Project Manager for the NestlÈ Test Kitchens and VeryBestBaking.com.
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