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No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars

You only need a short list of ingredients and a few minutes to make these simple and delicious No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars.

No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars are just the thing when you’re craving a quick and easy treat made with the ever-popular combination of chocolate and peanut butter!

I’m pretty sure this recipe for No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars or some version of it has been around for a very long time. There are usually at least a couple of good reasons that a recipe has that kind of staying power. In the case of these bars, it’s not only that they’re delicious, but they are also ridiculously simple to make.

These bars are often touted as tasting like peanut butter cups. The texture is very much like that. But, Quinn and I both think that they have more of a Butterfinger taste. Either way, you can’t go wrong. They’re surprisingly good for the tiny amount of effort involved in making them.

No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars are simple, quick, and delicious. And they're made with just a handful of ingredients! - Bake or Break

How great is it that you only need a handful of ingredients to create these beauties? And, even better, you probably have those ingredients in your kitchen right now! That’s winning in a big, big way!

I so should have timed the process, but I had these made and chilling in about 10 minutes. One bowl, a few measuring cups, and no oven time at all. The hardest part of making these may be waiting on them to chill.

These peanut butter bars are an ideal quick dessert for chocolate and peanut butter fans. They offer that often elusive dessert trifecta – simple, quick, delicious. This is the kind of recipe that you’ll find yourself making over and over. They’re great for sharing, but don’t be ashamed to stick them in the refrigerator and grab one whenever you need a sweet fix.

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No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars

Yield 24 2-inch bars
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars are simple, quick, and delicious. And they're made with just a handful of ingredients!

You only need a short list of ingredients and a few minutes to make these simple and delicious No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars.

Ingredients

  • 2 & 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 & 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt, optional*
  • 1 & 1/3 cups (8 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Lightly grease a 9 x 13"x 2" pan.
  2. Combine the confectioners' sugar, graham cracker crumbs, peanut butter, and melted butter until well-mixed.
  3. Spread the mixture evenly in prepared pan. Place in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.
  4. Place the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in the microwave at half-power in 30-second intervals until the chocolate melts when stirred.
  5. Spread the melted chocolate over the chilled peanut butter layer. Place the pan in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
  6. After the bars have chilled, let them sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes before cutting into bars.

Notes

*I like to add some salt to these. Adjust the amount to your taste, considering how salty your peanut butter is.

Recipe slightly adapted from King Arthur Flour.

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    19 Comments on “No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars”

  1. Despite my overpowering love of all things PB+Choc, somehow I have managed to not yet make these or any version of them. Look so good!

  2. Jen,
    I’ve got to try these bars. Pinned.
    Annamaria

  3. BUTTERFINGER taste, you say??!!

    oh man. I like the idea of these even MORE now!

  4. YUM. These are going to haunt me until I make them!

  5. Perfect for sharing on Valentine’s Day!

  6. Hello peanut butter and chocolate bars! These are too easy which means they are too dangerous!

  7. Jen- I’ve been making these bars for 20 years! They truly are fabulous and so easy. I mix everything up in a Cuisinart which makes it even easier! Everyone always loves them- a perfect go-to bar that takes about 10 minutes!!

  8. I love it when you see something that looks so delicious, you scroll down and there’s a tiny list of ingredients. Sheer joy. Thanks for sharing such a tempting and easy recipe!

  9. A cross between butterfingers and Reese’s…AND it’s no bake?! These are almost too good to be true!

  10. Butterfinger? that’s all you needed to say. šŸ™‚ Definitely making these! Pinned šŸ™‚

  11. We are making them today! Today is cookie bak day for family G I s. Gotta get them on the mail! Let me sample them too, OK?

  12. These look great, and simple. I’ve made a very similar thing before, but with crushed corn flakes instead of graham crackers. I love the idea of graham crackers, though!

  13. I made these last night & took them to a friend’s house- they were devoured, & I had to email everyone the recipe when I returned home. They taste EXACTLY like a Reese’s peanut butter cup. Absolutely fantastic recipe!

  14. Really like the looks of the peanut butter & chocolate bar

  15. This is pretty interesting, a little twist for an all time favorite snack bites.

  16. I might suggest trying milk chocolate chips for the frosting instead of semi – sweet. This could depend on your preference for chocolate, however me being not a huge fan of semi – sweet feel this would be a nice alternative. Just a thought. I really enjoyed them otherwise. Thanks for posting the recipe!

  17. I grew up on these I add a tsp of vanilla to the peanit butter mixture and i put 1/2 c peanut butter in with the chocolate lets them stay creamier. I use semi-sweet, milk, white, and butterscotch sometimes individually sometimes swirled. My personal favorite it the butterscotch

  18. I was thinking.. maybe just use salted butter (perfect amount of salt for me) then you wouldn’t have to add salt?

  19. Made these only difference I made a chocolate graham cracker crust layer then added the peanut butter layer & then the chocolate chip layer. Added a whole new dimension to the dessert.

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