No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

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    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.

    There is nothing better in the world than a dessert filled with both chocolate and peanut butter. Some of my favorite treats are made with this amazing combination, like these delicious reese’s bars, buckeye candies and oreo peanut butter pie.

    plate full of no bake peanut butter 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.

    making reese's bars

    How to make reese’s bars

    PEANUT BUTTER LAYER. Mix the butter, graham crackers, sugars, nut butter and vanilla in a medium bowl until smooth and creamy. If it’s too soft and runny, add in a little more powdered sugar. Then press the mixture into a 9×13″ pan and refrigerate.

    CHOCOLATE LAYER. Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave or over a double broiler on the stove. Stir until smooth, then pour over the peanut layer. Spread evenly with a spatula.

    CHILL. Place bars back in the fridge until the chocolate has hardened (this usually takes 30 minutes to an hour). You could also place in the freezer for a little to speed up the process. Once hardened, cut into squares.

    pouring melted chocolate over peanut butter layer

    Tips for success

    • If you’re peanut butter mixture is on the runnier side, try adding in 1/4 cup powdered sugar, mixing well and see if that helps (if not, add a second 1/4 powdered sugar to the mix). Or if your house is warm, refrigerating it should do the trick!
    • You could sub almond butter for peanut butter if there is a peanut allergy in your house. The bars may taste a little different than a Reese’s, but still super delicious!
    • For a gluten allergy, try substituting the graham cracker crumbs for crushed gluten free crackers, cookies or cornflakes. I’ve never tried this myself, but a few followers have and said they turned out great.
    • Use a plastic knife to easily cut the bars. It makes a super smooth cut. I’d wipe the knife clean with a paper towel inbetween each cut.

    Storage

    These reese’s bars are best kept stored in the refrigerator or freezer. I’ve found that they hold their shape the best when chilled. You can keep them in the fridge for up to 1 week or in the freezer for about 1-2 months.

    stack of no bake peanut butter bars

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    No bake peanut butter bars

    Homemade Reese's Bars Recipe

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: no bake peanut butter bars, reese's bars
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 20 minutes
    Total Time: 30 minutes
    Servings: 20 bars
    Calories: 325
    Author: Jamielyn Nye
    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.

    Ingredients

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

    Instructions

    • 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 a 9x13" pan and place in the refrigerator.
    • 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.
    • Refrigerate bars until chocolate has hardened (about 30 minutes). Allow to sit at room temperature for a few minutes before cutting so the chocolate doesn't crack. Enjoy!

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    Notes

    • These are best kept stored in the refrigerator or freezer.
    • To get a smooth cut, use a plastic knife. 
    • Can sub with almond butter if there is a peanut allergy in your house. 

    Nutrition

    Calories: 325kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 211mg | Potassium: 106mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 319IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg
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