I am thrilled to have one of my favorite people joining us today. Jill Kemerer and I have much in common. Aside from the fact that we both write for Love Inspired, we both hail from Michigan (our small-town schools competed in sports), we're both blond and we both love to cook. So in honor of her latest release, Her Small-Town Romance, Jill has agreed to share one of her favorite recipes--and a book giveaway--with us.
Take it away, Jill.
I have a sweet tooth. Let me rephrase that. I have a mouthful of sweet teeth. I love chocolate! And cookies, cakes, candy, pudding…I love it all. I first made this recipe a few years ago as a gift. Needless to say, it turned out so delicious, I promptly made an extra batch for us! The best part? These don’t even have to be baked, and they melt in your mouth.
Peanut Butter Squares
Prep time: 15 minutes
Refrigerate an hour before serving.
Makes 25 small squares
Peanut Butter Layer
¾ cup creamy peanut butter
3 TBS butter, melted
¾ cup powdered sugar
¼ cup brown sugar, packed
Splash of vanilla extract
½ stick (4 TBS) butter
½ cup chocolate chips (semi-sweet, but feel free to use milk chocolate)
First, tear off a sheet of wax paper and line a 9x9 pan with it.
Melt 3 TBS of butter (I throw it in a bowl in the microwave for 20-30 seconds). Put the melted butter, peanut butter, powdered sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl or mixer and blend for about a minute.
Press this mixture into the 9x9 pan. Tip: I put a plastic baggie over my hand and spray it with nonstick spray for less mess.
In a small bowl or saucepan, melt the top layer ingredients (butter and chocolate chips). If using the microwave, heat for 30 seconds, stir, then heat for an additional 20-30 seconds and stir. If using a saucepan, melt over very low heat or use a double boiler.
Spread the chocolate over the peanut butter layer.
Pop the pan in the fridge for an hour. When you’re ready to cut, take the bars with the wax paper right out of the pan and cut them into small squares before serving.
Nibble on one or two or five. It’s really up to you. Enjoy!
Jill, I don't know whether to love or hate you for sharing these delectable treats. Anyone else out there drooling? If you're like me, you're going to be thinking about these peanut butter squares all day. Make that all week. Things this good should not be so simple.
Another treat, though, one that doesn't necessarily have an affect on your waistline, is Jill's latest release. I'm in the process of reading Her Small-Town Romance and let me tell you, it is SO good. If you'd like a chance to win your own copy of Jill's book, just leave a comment to be entered. (U.S. mailing addresses only, please) A winner will be drawn at random Monday, April 11th.
Here's more about Jill and her book:
HER SMALL-TOWN ROMANCE
Finding Her Way Home
Cozy Lake Endwell, Michigan, seems the perfect place for Jade Emerson's new T-shirt shop—and perhaps a fresh start. After a lifetime of letdowns, she is finally ready to face the future on her own. So when local wilderness guide Bryan Sheffield offers to help Jade overcome a past trauma, she warns him they will remain strictly business. But soon, with the help of Bryan's big, complicated family and a boisterous St. Bernard named Teeny, Jade's frozen heart begins to thaw. Now Jade wonders if she can return the favor, bringing a little happiness to a man who has long kept his own sorrow under wraps…
Interested in purchasing Her Small-Town Romance? Purchase links available at http://jillkemerer.com/books/her-small-town-romance/.
About Jill Kemerer
Jill Kemerer writes Christian romance novels with love, humor and faith for Harlequin Love Inspired. Jill loves coffee, M&Ms, fluffy animals, magazines and her hilarious family. Visit her website, jillkemerer.com, and connect with Jill on Facebook, Twitter and sign up for her Newsletter!