The Lexingtonienne

September13th

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Yesterday, Uncle Josh turned the big 4-0.

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Knowing that he has a particular weakness for chocolate and peanut butter, I made him a batch of his favorite Wonder Bars.

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Josh is my favorite person to cook for.

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He likes everything I make and he has absolutely no self-control.

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He will eat the entire batch of Wonder Bars, which is very gratifying for the baker — it means that every last graham cracker crumb, each morsel of milk chocolate, each shake of sifted sugar was totally worth the effort.

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I gave Josh his Wonder Bars at his birthday party, which a friend hosted in Malibu. Here are a few photos from the afternoon:

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It was a fabulous day with perfect weather, amazing views, and wonderful friends sharing in the celebration. But my favorite part was when they brought out the birthday cake. Some people absolutely love the attention of the birthday song. They grin from ear to ear with self-content, thoughtfully contemplate a birthday wish, then pause with gusto before blowing out the candles. And then there are other people:

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Happy Birthday, Uncle Joshie Poo! Your Niecey Poo loves you.

JOSH’S FAVORITE WONDER BARS
2 sticks unsalted butter
1 C peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
2 C powdered sugar, measured then sifted to get any lumps out
6 graham cracker sheets, crumbled into large pieces
1 23-oz package milk chocolate chips

Spray a 9×13 inch pan with cooking spray. In a heavy saucepan, melt butter over the lowest possible heat. Using a rubber spatula, add peanut butter and mix until peanut butter is melted. Remove from heat and add sugar in 3 additions, stirring until well combined. Add graham crackers and mix thoroughly. Spread into your 9×13 inch pan and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Melt chocolate chips in the microwave in a microwave-safe container for 1 minute. Stir, then return to microwave for another minute. Stir again, and your chocolate chips will probably all be melted. (If not, return to the microwave in 30-second increments until melted and easy to stir.)

Spread melted chocolate over chilled peanut butter mixture. Refrigerate for 1 hour, then cut into bars. Store in the refrigerator.

xoxo,
Hannah

7 Comments

  • Comment by HaleyD — September 13, 2010 @ 12:55 pm

    Glad you got a pick of CC. When she and I spoke on the phone (!), she told me that she was going to email me a pic. Much to my disappoint, I was sent a picture of Josh all in his lonesome and what appears to be a 40 of Bud Light. Boo. Clearly, I wanted a picture of her. xxxx p.s. Love the belly shot.

  • Comment by Blair — September 13, 2010 @ 1:33 pm

    These look yumma! I wish you could send them to Atlanta with the Fam this weekend!! Aren’t you all going on vacation next week? Love the belly shot too. You look AMAZING!!!
    xoxo

  • Comment by bonnie martin — September 13, 2010 @ 10:45 pm

    I was thinking the chocolate would melt in Malibu temperature. But, I guess the weather is cooler than I thought. In Barbados, it was a challenge to prepare anything that could melt, like chocolate. In Lexington these will do just fine.

  • Comment by Megan Dickerson — September 14, 2010 @ 1:23 pm

    Happy Birthday Josh!!!!

  • Comment by pat tierney — September 14, 2010 @ 5:11 pm

    How sweet that Josh had family, friends, and a friend from FRIENDS to help celebrate his special birthday. And no wonder he loves Wonder Bars,who wouldn’t! They look yummy and I hope to make them a family favorite here,as well.

    By the way, beautiful setting for a party. And by the way again, Hannah you look wonderful…

  • Comment by izzi — September 16, 2010 @ 4:38 am

    Those look Great! Josh is a lucky Uncle. Your dad will love those, can’t wait to try them, thanks for sharing.

  • Comment by Kerr — November 11, 2010 @ 7:21 am

    These look delicious! Peanut butter and chocolate is my favorite combination. I grew up in Lexington also and really enjoy your blog!

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