No bake peanut butter bars


These no bake peanut butter bars are out of this world! They only take 10 minutes to make and taste like a homemade reese’s bar! You’ll love how easy they are to make.

No bake peanut butter bars

No bake bars

I am so excited to share the recipe for these no bake peanut butter bars with you. This is a repost from a few years ago and if you haven’t made these yet, add them to your baking list ASAP!


I can’t believe I haven’t posted these sooner. They are a family favorite. I found this recipe in my grandma’s recipe box a couple years ago and have been making them ever since. I’m telling you… they taste pretty dang close to a reese’s bar… but in my opinion BETTER! The best part? They only take about ten minutes to make and require absolutely no baking. Perfect for when you’re craving a late night treat. Not to mention the chocolate peanut butter combo is amazing. My kind of recipe.

How to make no bake peanut butter bars

These homemade reese’s bars are SO easy to make and only require a few simple ingredients: butter, graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, powdered sugar, peanut butter and chocolate chips. I’m guessing you already have most of these items in your pantry. Now it only takes 3 simple steps to make these delicious no bake bars.

  1. Fist things you’ll do is combine all ingredients, except chocolate chips in a medium sized bowl. Stir until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
  2. Pour peanut butter mixture into a greased 9×13 pan.
  3. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave (at 50% power) for 1-2 minutes. Stir chocolate and pour over the peanut butter mixture.

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No bake peanut butter bars

Homemade Reese's Bars

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 20 bars
Calories: 247 kcal
Author: Jamielyn

These no bake peanut butter bars are out of this world! They only take 10 minutes to make and taste like a homemade reese's bar! You'll love how easy they are to make.



  • 1 cup salted butter melted
  • 2 cups keebler graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 (11 ounce) bag milk chocolate chips


  1. Combine all ingredients, except chocolate chips in a medium sized bowl. Stir until the mixture is smooth and creamy. If it's too soft add a little more powdered sugar. Press into the pan and place in the refrigerator.
  2. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave (at 50% power) for 1-2 minutes or cook on the stove over a double broiler. Stir chocolate and pour over the peanut butter mixture. Spread chocolate with a spatula. To even out chocolate, tap pan on the counter.
  3. Refrigerate bars until chocolate has hardened (about 30 minutes- 1 hour) or place in the freezer to make the cooling time faster. Cut while bars are still cool. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

These are best kept stored in the refrigerator or freezer.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Reese's Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 247 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 200mg 8%
Potassium 106mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 22g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 16g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 5.7%
Calcium 1.8%
Iron 3.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Easy no-bake homemade reeses peanut butter bars!

Original photo 2013

These are so good! Enjoy!

Homemade Reese's Bars
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Jamielyn Nye

of I Heart Naptime

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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106 comments on “No bake peanut butter bars”

  1. I have Celiac, so graham cracker crumbs are not an option. Do you think it would hold together enough without the crumbs? It looks SO yummy!

  2. This recipe brings back memories as it is the “Peanut Butter Square” that was served in Grade School! :) YUM!!

  3. I just made these tonight and they are awesome! They’re the first peanut butter chocolate thing I’ve ever made that really resembles PB cups… but, like you said, much better! Thanks for the recipe!

  4. I just love all your recipes! I follow you on Pinterest. You have a great blog! So glad I found it.

  5. My favorite candy bar….Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups….Delicious bars, especially since they are no-bake!! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Got two packs of Reeses Peanut butter cups in my drawing, alway there for the enjoyment. I will give this recipe a try. Got 6 grandchildren living here, soooooooooo gonna make a big batch.


  7. i made these yesterday and they’re AMAAAZING and super easy. I topped the chocolate with a small amount of fleur de sel before the chocolate set and it really kicked them over the top!

  8. These look so good as soon as I can get all the ingredients together I am going to make these and share them. Thanks for tr recipe!

  9. looks yummy!

  10. I made these this week, and they are soooo good! I ran out of graham crackers, so the other cup was of bread crumbs I had in the pantry! They still turned out amazing. They were for my friends birthday and it was a hit. Thanks!

  11. Love these! Only I make them with carob chips, as my husband is allergic to chocolate. And as much as I love chocolate, I prefer these with carob.

  12. Just come across this can’t wait to try pb bars and other new recipes

  13. Is there a good way of melting the chocolate chips without using a microwave?

  14. I just made these today and loved loved them. Especially the no-bake aspect! Is it alright if I feature them on my blog? I will link back to your original posting.


    • Hi Kelly! So glad you enjoyed them. They’re one of our favorites! Yes you can totally write about them. Just make sure to re-write the recipe in your own words and use your own picture with a link back to the original recipe. Thanks! :)

  15. These are great but when I make them the chocolate is separating from the graham cracker base when I cut them. Do you know why this would be happening?

  16. have been making these for years a good tip is to into squars before you put in frig my recipe is a little different 1 cup p butter 1 cup butter 1/3 box gram crackers crushed 1 box conf sugar (not so much measuring )

  17. I never commented! Wanted you to know…I am baking this today! WOW

  18. Can these be made using margarine instead of butter?

  19. This looks so yummy! Can’t wait to try it myself and blog about it. My niece has peanut allergies though. I was wondering if that part can be omitted or is there an alternative you can suggest?

  20. Hello there – I’m not sure if you know this, but I just saw this very recipe (and a few more of yours) posted with your photo and recipe on a facebook page. I am also a food blogger, and I and some others do our very best to protect our content. I just thought I would let you know in case you wanted to report it for copywrite infringement on facebook. Just an FYI – do with the information what you feel is appropriate. If anyone was posting my content, I would want to know.

  21. Just made these! So so easy and delicious!! Didn’t have 2 full cups of graham crackers so I did 1 cup of graham crackers, 1 cup of pretzel crumbs . Turned out great!

  22. LOVE these! My kids love them too! Plan to make them for our swim team this week!!!

  23. Can you buy the crumbs or do you buy the crackers and smash them?

  24. I found your recipe on Pinterest and just had to try them out. Sure enough the whole family loved them. I was wondering if you would mind if I posted your recipe on my blog?

  25. I’d like to do this as a make ahead before a vacation. Do they freeze? Or could they be made a week in advance and kept in the fridge and still be fine?

  26. Luzbelle Santiago (Roel) Reply

    likes peanut butter delicious recipes :)

  27. Want to make these for Easter. Just wondering, the ingredients in this recipe, will that be enough for such a big pan or should I double it?  Also, when melting chocolate, do you have to add melted butter?

  28. I’ve been making candies like these for years. Long before Facebook or blogging were ever heard of.  The only difference between your recipe and mine is the preparation and name. Mine are just Peanut Butter bars.
    I’ve also seen the same recipe in books and on TV cook shows. My question is, What makes this recipe yours that bloggers have to link to your sight to share it? Not trying to be contrary, just curious.

    • Hi Sharin! This recipe is a family favorite passed down from my grandmother. I had never seen it in a recipe book or TV show, but wouldn’t be surprised since these are a favorite in my family! :)

  29. Awesome they were amazing! Thanks so much. But I have a question… What is the best sub for peanunt butter?????

  30. Hi, I’m from the UK, so instead of Graham Crackers, I placed in HobNob biscuits (which is a wheat nutty biscuit)…taste so much like Reese Choc it’s great! I’m giving them to my sister who has just given birth for the first time!

  31. Christina Bowman Reply

    We loved these!! We used the Honey Maid brand of graham crackers, and they tasted even better than the others. I am making some now for a movie night with friends. Thanks so much. Oh, one question,…….. some ladies from my neighborhood asked for the recipe and I was wondering if I could give it out?

    Thanks so much

  32. Linda Oliphant Reply

    Is the crust not mixed and put in the pan separately from the peanut butter mixture?

  33. Hi.
    I’m from the UK and never heard of these crackers.  Could I use digestive biscuits instead. I really want to make them as they look delicious. 

  34. Rachael Hickle Reply

    Hi I was wondering what the Carb and serving size was for the peanut butter no bake bars, I made these but unless I know the Carb and serving I can’t eat them :( thank you for time have a good day :)

  35. I am so happy thanks for your idea…

  36. I made these tn but when I went to spread the chocolate it was not spreading easily therefore the peanut butter mixture was also spreading with it almost like I should’ve put the base in the fridge for awhile then it would’ve been harder and allowed the chocolate to spread out and look better.  What happened?

    • It depends, your home may have been more warm or humid than when we made them. I’d definitely put the peanut butter layer in the fridge next time if you see that happening again. Hope this helps! :)

  37. I think these would be perfect as a Christmas holiday treat, for friends. I’m not going to wait that long to make them heading to my kitchen now, I want to know if they can be cut with my mini Christmas cookie cutters. Well really I just want to eat one now.

  38. I can’t wait to try this. Do you need to grease/spray the pan? Will they stick?

  39. How do you store these? Do you keep them in the refrigerator? Or can you keep these at room temperature?

  40. What brand of peanut butter did you use? Would you suggest actual Reese’s brand peanut butter, or would anything would work and make it taste about the same? I can’t wait to try some of your recipes. Thanks!!

  41. My peanut butter mixture turned out a bit runny, not firm like the filling of a Reese’s.  Added some more graham cracker crumbs, didn’t help.  Trying to refrigerate it in hopes of firming it up.  It tastes wonderful, but doesn’t have a bar constancy.  Any ideas?

    • I Heart Naptime Reply

      If you used natural peanut butter, that could make it harder to set. I’d try adding in a 1/4 cup powdered sugar, mixing well and see if it that helps (if not, do a second 1/4 powdered sugar to the mix). Or, if your house is warm, refrigerating should do the trick!

  42. Thank-You so much for posting recipe!!Same recipe my childhood friend gave me over 30 years ago, but I can not find my copy of recipe .  And this is it! Will make in memory of Jacquie.

  43. These were magical! Wish I could post a picture in the comments. My husband and I enjoyed these a lot!

  44. They really are so good!

  45. Oh boy these bars are T-R-O-U-B-L-E for my diet! I think I am going to have to treat myself…

  46. OMG does it get any better than these?! So delicious!!

  47. These look absolutely droolworthy! I would love to give it a try!

  48. I made these for a GNO and everyone LOVED them!

  49. These are perfect treat all year long!

  50. I am such a sucker for chocolate and peanut butter treats! Looks so good!

  51. I think I need to make these for my neighbor so I can eat one and the rest will be gone as not to tempt me, haha! Yum!

  52. I am craving these bars right now! They look so tasty!

  53. Katerina @ diethood .com Reply

    These look fantastic!! A must make for my family!! They will love them!!

  54. That’s just the perfect snack!

  55. My family loves these! The perfect treat for a chocolate peanut butter lover!

  56. Can I make these without sugar?

  57. Sharon Davis Dunn Reply

    What size pan is best used?

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