My little sister started high school this week. *tear*
I still can’t believe she’s a freshman. So young, yet so old at the same time! Now I think I know how parents feel… kind of.
I know that now, she’ll be thrown into a world far more different than middle school was. Middle school is like that treading ground where everyone is totally gawky, even the “cool kids.” Because even those “cool kids” will still be considered “fresh meat” when they step food on the high school campus.
But now, she’s mingling with sophomores and juniors and seniors(!!), taking multiple classes with lots of hard homework, going to homecomings (!!) and and and and… perhaps getting a boyfriend.
High school relationships are funny. They’re so serious yet so silly at the same time. Of course, I’m speaking with 20/20 hindsight, but still.
A lot of you may have married your high school sweethearts. My parents are. That’s awesome! But if you didn’t, imagine if you had. Ugh.
Personally, if I married my freshman boyfriend, I’d probably still be listening to *shudder* Korn and taking 300 kissy-faced pictures of me to upload to MySpace.
And if I married my sophomore boyfriend, I’d still be listening to punk music, wearing creeper shoes, and keeping JoAnn’s perpetually out of stock in the safety pin department. Gross.
And even if I married my junior & senior boyfriend–which, we were serious enough it seemed–I’d probably be the unhappiest person alive. So I’m kinda sorta SUPER grateful I didn’t marry any of them. But hey, I’m sure they’re all wonderful catches to their current/future girlfriends/wives and that’s all that matters, right?
I just hope that when and if my sister nabs herself a man, he treats her right. He’s bound to be slightly awkward, albeit awkward and adorable, and will probably have bad taste in music (ahem, Korn… really??) but as long as he doesn’t break her heart too bad, I really can’t complain if she takes up a liking for safety pins.
First day celebrations called for some tasty treats, so I whipped up some No-Bake Nutter Butter Peanut Butter Bars for the occasion. My sister loves peanut butter and Butterfingers happen to be one of her favorite candy bars. I knew these easy bars would be a hit with my pretty little sister and I was right!
They take less than 10 minutes to make and are done in under thirty… including prep time. They’re chewy, crunchy, and dense, filled with tons of peanut buttery goodness and studded with chopped Butterfinger candy bars, then garnished with mini Nutter Butter cookies.
They really can’t get any better, so why settle for anything else??
No-Bake Nutter Butter Butterfinger Bars *adapted from my No-Bake S’mores Bars recipe
About 30 Nutter Butter cookies, finely crushed*
1 pkg peanut butter chips
1 (14oz) can sweetened condensed milk
About 12 mini (or 2 regular) Butterfinger candy bars, roughly chopped
1 small pkg Nutter Butter minis, optional (for garnish)
1. Line an 8×8 inch baking pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Lightly mist with cooking spray & set aside.
2. In a large bowl, melt the PB chips in the microwave for 45 seconds, stirring until smooth. Stir in the milk to combine.
3. Combine the crushed cookies into the PB/milk mixture; gently fold in the crushed candy bars to incorporate.
4. Using your greased hands or a greased rubber spatula, spread the mixture evenly into the prepared pan. Top with miniature Nutter Butter cookies, if desired.
5. Place the pan in the fridge to set, about 20 minutes. Cut into squares and serve. Store leftovers airtight, at room temperature, for 3-4 days.
**Note: to finely crush cookies, grind them in a food processor until finely ground, working in batches. You don’t want them to be chunky, more like crumbs.**
These are super yummy and SO easy to make–as it’s still pushing in the 100’s here, I’m loving these no-bake recipes as shortcuts to beat the oven. They taste just like a candy bar, but are even tastier and easier than buying one! I hope you love them!!
Have an awesome Thursday!