These no bake peanut butter bars are a quick and easy dessert to make with no oven time required. With an irresistible peanut butter base topped with rich chocolate, my family calls them ‘homemade Reese’s’!
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Best Peanut Butter Bars Recipe
There is nothing better in the world than a dessert filled with both chocolate and peanut butter. Some of my favorite treats include this amazing combination like these bars, buckeye candies and Oreo peanut butter pie.
I am so excited to share the recipe for these no bake peanut butter bars with you. If you haven’t made these yet, add them to your baking list ASAP!
I found this recipe in my grandma’s recipe box a couple years ago and have been making them ever since. They taste pretty dang close to a Reese’s bar… but in my opinion BETTER!
Why This Recipe Works
- Classic combination: If you are a chocolate peanut butter bar lover, you will love this easy dessert bar recipe!
- Easy to make: All you need is 10 minutes, there is no baking required and did I mention they taste like a peanut butter cup?!
- Year round treat: Holidays, lunchboxes, last minute dessert request, and especially great in the summer since no oven is required!
Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.
- Salted butter: Your butter will need to be melted. If you use unsalted butter, you will need to add a pinch of salt to the recipe.
- Graham cracker crumbs: I use Keebler graham cracker crumbs, but you can make your own crumbs with approximately 16 sheets of graham crackers.
- Light brown sugar: A little brown sugar gives these a deeper flavor.
- Powdered sugar: Also called confectioners sugar and dissolves easily!
- Creamy peanut butter: You will need this in both the bars and topping.
- Vanilla extract: Pure vanilla extract for best taste.
- Milk chocolate chips: Milk chocolate will most make these bars taste like Reese’s cup candy, although you can use semi-sweet chocolate chips or dark chocolate.
Substitutions and Variations
- Graham crackers: Try crushed Oreos, Golden Graham cereal, Cheerios, vanilla wafers, or even Teddy Bear grahams.
- Nut butter: If there is an allergy in the house, use another nut butter like almond butter, cashew or sunbutter.
- Topping: Add some chopped nuts, crushed pretzels or even crushed Reese’s for the top.
- Baking chips: Use your favorite! Anything works from butterscotch chips to even a combination of milk and white chocolate chips.
How to Make No Bake Peanut Butter Bars
This is the easiest dessert you will make, even easier than peanut butter balls!
- Gather your ingredients. Keep all your ingredients close by as these chocolate peanut bars are simple to make in only 10 minutes.
- Peanut butter layer. Mix the butter, graham crackers, sugars, peanut 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″ baking dish and refrigerate.
- Chocolate layer. Melt the chocolate chips in microwave-safe bowl or over a double broiler on the stove. Stir until smooth, then pour on top of the peanut butter 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.
- Mixture too runny: 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!
- Gluten free: 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.
- Slicing tip: 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 in between each cut.
- Cut the recipe in half: Feeding a smaller crowd? Just cut this recipe for no bake peanut butter bars in half and use an 8-inch pan.
- Line your pan: This will make for easier bar removal! Just line with foil or parchment paper.
No, I don’t think that would work as natural peanut butter you need to stir as the peanut butter and oil separates easily. Use a traditional no stir peanut butter like Jif, Skippy or your favorite.
I think that will work for the bottom layer, although for the top layer a smoother peanut butter may be preferred.
If you don’t have graham crackers on hand or just want to try something different in these no bake chocolate peanut butter bars, try a variety of cereals including cheerios, golden grahams, or even golden Oreo’s. If you are in a different country, digestive biscuits may also work!
I sure do think so and my family backs me up! If you opt to use semi-sweet chocolate chips they will taste less like a Reese’s. So if you want that candy bar taste, opt to use milk chocolate chips for the bars topping.
- Store: Store peanut butter chocolate bars in your refrigerator in an airtight container for up to a week. I’ve found that they hold their shape the best when chilled as well as taste the most like a reese’s peanut butter cup!
- Freeze: After your homemade Reese’s bars are chilled, slice and place them in a freezer safe container or bag for 1-2 months. Thaw and enjoy!
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Homemade Reese’s Bars Recipe
- 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 9×13" pan and place in the refrigerator.
- Melt chocolate chips with 1 Tablespoon peanut butter 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!
- 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 provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.
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