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.

Follow me on Instagram and tag #sallysbakingaddiction so I can see all the SBA recipes you make. 

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

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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.
  5. Bars stay fresh for 5-7 days stored in the refrigerator.  Serve chilled. (Setting them out for a few hours at room temperature for serving is OK.) Bars can 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.
Easy homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Bars made with only 5 ingredients. Recipe at sallysbakingaddiction.com
   

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

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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.

    • Crystalreplied on January 16th, 2016 at 11:46 pm

      Andrea – it could definitely be the powdered sugar – that’s happened to me before too, and when I checked the rest of my sugar it had absorbed odours from other things in the pantry, so it took on a different taste. 

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    STaceyposted August 6, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    Can you add chocolate chips to the recipe?

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    Benposted September 1, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Hey Sally.

    If I wanted to try to make these with the natural peanut butter that I have on hand (and because I like the purer flavor and less ingredients in baked goods), what suggestions might you have? Do you think keeping the bars in the refrigerator would be enough to keep them solid, or would they be too oily while making?

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    • Sallyreplied on September 2nd, 2015 at 9:02 am

      I find the natural variety makes these bars a little crumbly. If that doesn’t bother you, then YES absolutely use it. Always keep them in the fridge.

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    Barbara Varankaposted October 19, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Dang, girl! These were SO good! Thanks for the recipe!

    I am working through your no-bake section, since our oven is broken these days.

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    Lidyaposted November 16, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Hello, may i know how long does it last? And how to store it?

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    Dianeposted November 24, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Can these bars be frozen?

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    tiptonitsposted December 3, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    The Reese’s Peanut Butter Bars got rave reviews around my house!!!  They went faster than the fudge I made.  Great recipe!!!!

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    Maggieposted December 5, 2015 at 10:54 am

    I made them and used vegan butter and melted vegan chocolate chips and the entire group loved them

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    Andrewposted December 14, 2015 at 1:07 am

    Recommend using more graham cracker than the recipe requires – gives it a crunchier consistency.

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    Doris Stewartposted December 19, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    I have made these many times and sometimes the chocolate will separate form the graham

    cracker mixture. Any suggestions as how to prevent this. Thanks

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    K.roseposted December 31, 2015 at 12:08 am

    Hmmm… I thought these were missing something in the originality department. Too basic. Not worth dying over :/ love trying your recipes though!!

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    Elishaposted January 6, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    Suggest using 3/4 cup powdered sugar and dark chocolate if you want to cut the sweetness and enhance the salty a bit more. 

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    Pramilaposted January 13, 2016 at 4:41 am

    I just loved this recipe! I don’t know what was more fun- licking the mixing bowl clean or eating the bar! This is my daughter’s new favorite thing in the whole wide world! :) Love your website and I can’t wait to try some more of your recipes. 

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    Saraposted January 27, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    Hey just wanted to say that I’ve made these in the past THEY ARE GREAT but ive found to change things up a bit mix the top about 2:1 ratio of chocolate to butterscotch tastes great!!!

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