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Peanut Butter Bars

Peanut butter bars are an easy no bake dessert that’s only 5 ingredients. We like this no bake chocolate peanut butter bar because the graham crackers are crushed, not blended into crumbs, and it gives the bars a nice crunch!

Throw your hands in the air if you love no bake desserts ?

I love no bake desserts for two reasons..
1. they are usually incredibly easy!
2. no oven is needed!

I can see this chocolate peanut butter bars recipe being potentially dangerous if you always have these things on hand! The bars only take 20 minutes to make. But they do need 30 minutes to chill, so the chocolate will set before you cut them.

Chocolate peanut butter bars are easy to make

One thing that I LOVE about this chocolate peanut butter bars recipe in particular is that all of the ingredients are very common. You might even already have them in your pantry without having to go to the store!

No bake peanut butter bars ingredients

I like to keep the graham crackers as larger pieces, as opposed to other recipes that will blend the graham crackers into crumbs. I like the crunch it adds!

How to make chocolate peanut butter bars

  1. Crush or break the graham crackers into smaller pieces. Place them in a mixing bowl with the powdered sugar, no need to mix yet. Set aside.
  2. Melt butter and peanut butter together on the stove. Pour this over the graham crackers and mix well. Press this mixture into a 9×13 inch pan.
  3. Melt chocolate to spread over the top of the bars. Allow the chocolate to set for 30 minutes in the fridge. Cut using a sharp knife.

How far in advance can you make chocolate peanut butter bars?

The bars can be made up to 2 days in advance. Keep them in a 9×13 inch pan with a lid on the counter, out of the sun.

Tips for making no bake peanut butter bars

More no bake desserts

No Bake Cheesecake
No Bake Oreo Pie
Peanut Butter Balls Buckeye Balls


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Peanut Butter Bars

Yield: 9x13 inch pan
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour

Peanut butter bars are an easy no bake dessert that’s only 5 ingredients. We like this no bake chocolate peanut butter bar because the graham crackers are crushed, not blended into crumbs, and it gives the bars a nice crunch!

Ingredients

  • 1 stick, 1/2 cup, unsalted butter
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups (1 pack or 9 grahams) graham crackers, broken/crushed into smaller pieces
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups chocolate chips plus 2 tsp vegetable oil or coconut oil to help melt the chips

Instructions

  1. Spray or line a 9x13 inch pan with parchment paper or foil.
  2. Use your fingers to break or crush the graham crackers into smaller pieces.
  3. In a saucepan, melt the butter and peanut butter together, stirring occasionally until smooth. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the crushed graham crackers, powdered sugar, and peanut butter mixture, mix with a spatula to combine.
  5. Spread the peanut butter graham cracker mixture evenly into the pan and use your hands or the back of a glass cup to firmly pack the mixture into the pan.
  6. In a small pot over medium low heat on the stove, combine the chocolate chips and oil, stir occasionally until the chocolate is melted and smooth, may take 3-6 minutes.
  7. Pour the chocolate over the peanut butter bars.
  8. Cover the pan and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until the chocolate is set.
  9. Remove the bars from the pan using the foil, cut into squares with a sharp knife. Store in an airtight container.