No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars.

Easy homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Bars made with only 5 ingredients. Cut them as large or small as you want!

Easy homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Bars made with only 5 ingredients. Recipe at sallysbakingaddiction.com

You like peanut butter, right? Because if you don’t, I think you may be lost visiting Sally’s Baking Addiction.

My ode to peanut butter includes a super-moist cake, a giant cookie (the size of your head), popcorn, and saltine toffee (a must try!!). I find any and every single excuse to bake with my favorite nut butter.  I make this homemade peanut butter on the regular.  In fact, I just made it this morning.

My favorite way to eat peanut butter is with a spoon straight out of the jar. Or in any of these 20 peanut butter cookie recipes.

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Peanut butter’s favorite partner in crime? Chocolate of course. Pure velvety smooth chocolate sitting atop a thick Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup center. The perfect marriage of peanut butter and chocolate. Heav-en.

Easy homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Bars made with only 5 ingredients. Recipe at sallysbakingaddiction.com

Today’s recipe brings back a ton of nostalgic feelings.  My mom made these bars for us when we were little and they were my absolute favorite part about the dessert tray during the holidays.  She’d make one large show-stopper dessert, then set out a tray of pecan tassies, chewy cherry coconut cookies, and these glorious Reese’s bars.  You can only imagine what I always grabbed first.

I almost completely forgot about them until Kevin asked me to make “no-bake bars.”  Could you clarify that, please?!  I described these to him and within seconds, I was in the kitchen with all 5 ingredients out on the counter.

Yep, just 5 ingredients. FIVE!

Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Bars with only 5 ingredients. Just how mom used to make them. These are the BEST.

The ingredients you’ll need (and probably already have in your kitchen!) are:

  • Butter
  • Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • Peanut Butter
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Chocolate Chips

Yeah… diet food. 😉

Easy homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Bars made with only 5 ingredients. Recipe at sallysbakingaddiction.com

Melt the butter. Mix with the graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar, and peanut butter.  Press into pan.  Top with melted chocolate chips and peanut butter. Chill. Done.

Eat. Smile. Repeat 100 times.

Probably the easiest dessert I’ve ever made.  They take 3 minutes to throw together. I could probably make them with my eyes closed. (Should I try??) And you don’t need to heat up your kitchen like a sauna.  No oven required!

Easy homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Bars made with only 5 ingredients. Recipe at sallysbakingaddiction.com

I urge you to step away from the computer and run (don’t walk) to the kitchen to begin. Like right now.

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Print Recipe

Easy homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup bars made with only 5 ingredients. Cut them as large or small as you want! Bars are *gluten free* if using GF graham crackers.


Yield:
16 bars

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (115g) salted butter, melted*
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 8 full sheets)
  • 1 cup (120g) confectioners' (powdered) sugar
  • 3/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons (215g) creamy peanut butter (not natural style)
  • 1 cup (180g) semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Line a 8x8 or 9x9 square baking pan with aluminum foil. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the melted butter, graham cracker crumbs, and powdered sugar together until combined. Stir in 3/4 cup of peanut butter. Spread into prepared baking pan.
  3. In a small bowl, microwave 2 Tablespoons of peanut butter with the chocolate chips until melted. Stir until smooth. Spread over peanut butter layer.
  4. Chill until completely firm, at least 3 hours. Allow to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes before cutting. Bars stay fresh stored in the refrigerator.  Serve chilled. (Setting them out for a few hours at room temperature for serving is OK.) Bars may be frozen up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

Additional Notes:

*Unsalted butter may be used instead - add 1/4 teaspoon salt with the peanut butter in step 2.

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Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Bars with only 5 ingredients. Just how mom used to make them. These are the BEST.

 

 

   

261 Responses to “No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars.”

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    Sharon @ What The Fork Food Blogposted August 11, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    I just made some gf graham cracker crumbs the other day to keep on hand. I might have to use them and try this recipe out! These look so good!

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    Sarahposted August 21, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    What a great recipe, Sally! These came out so delicious and were ridiculously simple. Dangerously simple, even. :-) Will definitely make again (and again…)!

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    Julieposted September 1, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    OMG.. these are awesome.. Made them but instead of mixing the chocolate and PB, I poured the melted chocolate on top and then swirled in the PB for an added effect of a pretty top. Very yummy.. not going to last very long around here!

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    Sandyposted September 13, 2014 at 10:08 am

    I made these to bring to work yesterday. But tweaked them a little. I used 2 cups of peanut butter. I read reviews from another similar recipe and I mixed melted butter and peanut butter together. Then mixed graham crackers and sugar together. Then mixed two batches together. Put in a pan lined with parchment paper or tinfoil for easy cleanup and it lifts right out for cutting into squares. Refrigerate 1st for 20 minutes before adding chocolate and peanut butter layer. I used 2 cups of semi sweet chips and 4 TBL peanut butter and added 1 TBL crisco and put in microwave for 1 minute, stirred and then 15 seconds stirring for a very creamy mixture. (Crisco makes a difference), Refrigerate for an hour before cutting.
    They were huge hit…thank you!!

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    Nicole Irvingposted November 23, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Can I freeze these?

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    • Sallyreplied on November 23rd, 2014 at 12:41 pm

      Yep, up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

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    Nicoleposted November 25, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    I wanted to make some kind of butterfinger bars, so I substituted the graham cracker crumbs for smashed corn flakes and added maybe a 1/2 Tbs of maple syrup and they turned out perfect.

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    Abbyposted December 6, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    HI,
    You say these stay fresh in the fridge…. but do you think I could put these on a cookie tray for gift giving …or can’t they stay out that long ??
    Thanks

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    • Sallyreplied on December 6th, 2014 at 12:28 pm

      a few hours at room temperature is OK

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    Nurfatmaposted December 7, 2014 at 12:17 am

    Hi Sally, do you think that I could substitute the graham cracker with digestive biscuits?

    Thanks a lot! Have a good holiday!

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    • Sallyreplied on December 7th, 2014 at 8:10 am

      Yep, that works.

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    Shannynposted December 8, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    OMG these are Super YUMMY!!! Made them last night & just dug into them now. Thank you!

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    Damionposted December 19, 2014 at 2:40 am

    What is the yield for this recipe?

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    Selenaposted December 29, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Hi !! i going to try this but can i use regular sugar instead of powdered sugar?

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    • Sallyreplied on December 29th, 2014 at 5:01 pm

      No, powdered sugar is key to the smooth creamy texture.

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    Julieposted January 10, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    Big mistake making these! They were way too easy to make and way too easy to eat too! Had to bring to a friends house so I wouldn’t eat them all. But… then I had leftover graham crackers and didn’t want them to go stale- so I made some more! Yum! :)

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    Natalia Greenposted January 15, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    Do you have to put them in the frigerator?

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    Jodyposted January 24, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    SALLY! Peanut Butter is known in my house as ‘The Elixir of Life’. And chocolate well there’s nothing to say really so… Oh my I want to make these but do not have a microwave. If I melt stove top in a double boiler do you think I should melt the chocolate and then add the peanut butter or put both in the bowl at the start? I buy jarred PB as that’s the guy’s favorite but growing up with my granola making parents it was natural all the way. Dad would dump the new tub of PB in a big bowl and beat it with a hand mixer and once all the oil was incorporated for another 2-5 more minutes and then put it back in the container, mmmm creamy. I of course got to lick the beaters – life was good.

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    • Sallyreplied on January 24th, 2015 at 3:53 pm

      Jody, I would melt the chocolate and peanut butter together in a saucepan on the stovetop. No need to use a double broiler here since you’re melting the chocolate with peanut butter. “Elixir of Life” sounds about right!

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    Maricelposted January 25, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    Made these right away! I only had crunchy peanut butter which worked out since I am a crunchy peanut butter type of person. Instead of additional peanut butter to the chocolate topping I mixed in 2 tablespoons of coconut oil which held the top layer together nicely. Thank you for the recipe they are super yummy!

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    Jessicaposted February 5, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    My mom made these Chocolate- Peanut Butter bars for all our holidays. We called them Homemade Reese’s Cups. The only difference is she didn’t put in graham crackers and she used melted Hershey chocolate bars instead of chocolate chips. She passed away in September and this past Christmas was the first without her or her delicious desserts. I miss her so much but today I smiled when I saw your post because it made me remember all the happy memories I had cooking with her for holidays and special occasions.

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    • Sallyreplied on February 5th, 2015 at 2:38 pm

      I’m so sorry for your loss Jessica. But am incredibly honored that my recipe touched your heart and helped you remember something so special.

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    Hollyposted February 9, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    I discovered this recipe a couple months ago and am about to make it for the fourth time. So seriously addicting! It is always the favourite dessert at every function I bring it to.

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    Victoriaposted February 25, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    can I use natural PB?

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    • Gloriareplied on May 15th, 2015 at 9:14 pm

      You can, just drain the oil on the top and maybe refrigerate for an hour or so before hand it beforehand.

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    Janetposted February 26, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    Hi Sally,
    How would you adjust this recipe for an 9×13 pan? I don’t have any square pans unfortunately.

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    • Sallyreplied on February 26th, 2015 at 6:46 pm

      Hi Janet, simply double the recipe.

      Reply

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    Ellyposted March 5, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    I am now addicted to these bars thanks to this recipe! seriously though, my family and friends and I all love them and just cannot get enough. :)

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    Sueposted March 28, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    Hi,

    I would love to try this recipe but we don’t have Graham’s crackers in Australia. Are you able to tell me an alternative biscuit I can use please?

    Thanks
    Sue

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    Edemposted April 15, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    I don’t have any white sugar, will brown sugar work?

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    Roseposted April 21, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Hi sally, please suggest an alternative to graham crackers. We don’t find it here. Can I use any other crispy biscuit?

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    • Sallyreplied on April 21st, 2015 at 2:25 pm

      I’m unsure where you live, but what about digestive biscuits?

      Reply

      • Rosereplied on April 22nd, 2015 at 2:01 am

        Thanks! I can surely get digestive cookies here. btw i’m from Mumbai..:)

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    Johnny Orsbornposted May 18, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    Sally,
    One part of me hates you and the other loves you like a sister!  OMG this is great stuff!!  Thanks for the idea and the recipe!!!  I am now fatter than I was 27 minutes ago.

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    Edenposted May 27, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    These are the best peanut butter bars that I’ve ever tried!! We ate them all in one day!! They are very simple and easy to make, the patience is the longest part;) I would highly recommend these bars!!! Their the best!

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    Emilyposted May 28, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    This are the best bars I have ever tried! The only part that I changed, is after the peanut butter mix is in the pan, for about 30 min, put them in the freezer before you add the chocolate mix. This is so the chocolate won’t mix in with the peanut butter;) But besides that, these are amazing! We ate them all in one day:D

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    Annposted May 29, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Looks like a great recipe.  Will definitely be making for my grandson.  Thank you.

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    Sarahposted May 30, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    Can I make these without the graham crackers?  I am making them to bring to dinner at a friend’s house and her son has a gluten intolerance.  I’d like for him to be able to eat them too.  Thanks!

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    • Sallyreplied on May 31st, 2015 at 8:01 am

      Sarah, you can use GF graham crackers or a GF alternative you can find. Unfortunately, they are needed for the peanut butter layer in this recipe. If you’d like to browse, I have plenty of GF options: http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/category/gluten-free/

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      • Sarahreplied on May 31st, 2015 at 9:22 am

        I decided to wait and make these for something else. I’m going to make the flourless chocolate peanut butter cookies I found on your site for my friends dinner. Thanks! 

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    Jenposted June 17, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    Can you use margarine instead of butter?

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    Judyposted July 21, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    These bars are amazing.  I substituted parchment paper, though–easier to peel off of the bars than the foil.  And I added a little coconut oil to the chocolate part, to make it be smoother on top.  This recipe was a big hit both times I made it!  And so easy!!!

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    Saraposted July 22, 2015 at 6:22 am

    What can I substitute the cookies with ?

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    Andrea Grayposted July 30, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Hi Sally. You’ve seen me posting on a lot of your recipes and how much I have loved each of them. However, I don’t know if I messed something up, these bars did not taste too good. (To me) I couldn’t wait the whole 3 hours to taste (I waited 2 hours) and thought maybe the chill time had something to do with the taste. So the next day I tried another ine and they had a funky taste. Maybe the powdered sugar was off or something. I don’t know what it was, I do know everything from your site has been great so it has to be on my end of things. Any ideas that would cause the funky taste, a mix between metallic and bitter. I used a brand new jar of good quality pb. 

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    • Sallyreplied on July 30th, 2015 at 12:04 pm

      There are so little ingredients, I really wonder what it could be. The chocolate? The butter? The graham crackers? Which layer tastes this way?

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      • Andrea Grayreplied on July 30th, 2015 at 12:20 pm

        The peanut butter layer tasted that way. I used regular reduced fat graham crackers, a cheaper butter imperial, my powdered sugar wasn’t a new box, that’s what I’m leaning towards, is maybe it wasn’t fresh enough?

        • Sallyreplied on July 30th, 2015 at 5:28 pm

          That could definitely be it. I’ve used low fat graham crackers before, so I don’t think those are the culprit.

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    STaceyposted August 6, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    Can you add chocolate chips to the recipe?

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