No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

  • No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars  are an easy no bake dessert that taste almost like a Reese’s! They only need 5 ingredients to make and you probably already have them in your pantry!

    A top down view of no bake chocolate peanut butter bars with a few turned on their side.

    *Originally published July 2015*

    No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

    I had to dig these bars up out of the archives and give them a makeover.  First off I wanted to redo the pictures but I also tweaked the recipe a bit.  I wanted to make the peanut butter base a little thicker because there’s nothing wrong with a little more peanut butter right?!?

    And if you love Reese’s peanut butter cups then you will definitely love this homemade version made into bars!  They are so simple to make and only require 5 ingredients: graham crackers, peanut butter, powdered sugar, butter, and chocolate chips!

    And if you are like me and love that peanut butter and chocolate combo here are a few other desserts you need to try: Chocolate Peanut Butter Poke Cake, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cheesecake (SO GOOD!), and Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispie Treats.

    No bake chocolate peanut butter bars stacked on top of each other in a tall tower.

    About these No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars:

    • These do require chill time to firm up so you will need to plan ahead.
    • Make ahead: these can be made several days (5-7) in advance and stored tightly covered (after the chocolate has set) in the refrigerator.  Or freeze tightly covered for up to 2 months.
    • Be sure to get the graham crackers to a very fine crumb.  Use a food processor for this.  I have a mini food processor that works great for these small tasks!
    • Don’t use the natural stir and refrigerate kind of peanut butter for these bars.  It is a little too runny and the bars don’t hold up quite as well.
    • For a truer to Reese’s flavor use milk chocolate chips.  But if you are like me go on the wild side and use semi-sweet or dark or use a combination!

    No bake chocolate peanut butter bars cut into squares with one turned on its side.

    These No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars are a great dessert enjoyed by both kids and adults.  Perfect for holidays, parties, and family get togethers.  Plus, I love how easy they are to make!!

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    5 from 4 votes
    No bake chocolate peanut butter bars stacked on top of each other in a tall tower.
    No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
    Prep Time
    15 mins
    Chill time
    4 hrs
    Total Time
    15 mins
     

    No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars - are an easy no bake dessert that taste almost like a Reese's! They only need 5 ingredients to make and you probably already have them in your pantry! 

    Course: Bars
    Servings: 9 bars
    Author: Countryside Cravings
    Ingredients
    Base:
    • 1/2 cup (113g) butter, melted
    • 2 cups (190g) powdered sugar
    • 1 1/2 cup (400g) creamy peanut butter
    • 1 1/2 cup (140g) graham cracker crumbs
    Topping:
    • 1 cup (165g) milk chocolate chips
    • 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
    Instructions
    1. Line a 9 inch square baking pan with foil and grease with butter, set aside.
    2. In a large bowl combine all the base ingredients and spread into the bottom of the prepared pan.
    3. In a small microwave safe bowl heat topping ingredients until melted. Stir frequently and don't overheat. Spread over the peanut butter base and refrigerate until cool.  (At least 4 hours)

    4. For easier cutting allow bars to sit at room temperature (this way the chocolate topping doesn't crack) Using foil lift the bars out of the pan and with a sharp knife to cut into small squares. Store in the refrigerator.

    Recipe Notes
    1. These do require chill time to firm up so you will need to plan ahead.
    2. Make ahead: these can be made several days (5-7) in advance and stored tightly covered (after the chocolate has set) in the refrigerator.  Or freeze tightly covered for up to 2 months.
    3. Be sure to get the graham crackers to a very fine crumb.  Use a food processor for this.  I have a mini food processor that works great for these small tasks!
    4. Don't use the natural stir and refrigerate kind of peanut butter for these bars.  It is a little too runny and the bars don't hold up quite as well.
    5. For a truer to Reese's flavor use milk chocolate chips.  But if you are like me go on the wild side and use semi-sweet or dark or use a combination!
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