No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

No-bake chocolate peanut butter bars are thick, rich, and decadent. Made from only 5 simple ingredients, these are a delicious treat anytime of the year. No oven required!

No bake chocolate peanut butter bars

It’s no secret that I love baking with peanut butter. But what about NO BAKING with peanut butter? No bake chocolate peanut butter bars combine an alluring flavor combination that we all love: chocolate and peanut butter. In this easy dessert, velvety smooth chocolate sits on top of a thick layer of peanut buttery goodness. The peanut butter layer tastes remarkably similar to the center of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

The best part of all? They’re made from just 5 simple ingredients!

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These no-bake peanut butter bars are a family favorite recipe. Every Christmas, my mom made a large tray of pecan tarts, coconut macaroons, and these glorious peanut butter bars. The competition was high, but you can imagine which dessert disappeared first.

I look forward to these bars every holiday season, so I quit limiting them to December. We make these no bake chocolate peanut butter bars all year long and they always cause a frenzy. In fact, I’ve never regretted making a double batch!

Why You’ll Love These Peanut Butter Bars

  • Taste like peanut butter cups
  • Only 5 ingredients
  • Quick to make and even quicker to disappear
  • Cut them as large or small as you want
  • Freeze beautifully
  • No oven needed
  • Chocolate + peanut butter (!!)

No bake peanut butter bars mixture

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar Ingredients

There are only 5 ingredients required for no bake chocolate peanut butter bars and I bet you have each one in your kitchen right now.

  1. Butter: Butter binds the powdered sugar and graham cracker crumbs. You can use salted or unsalted butter. If using unsalted, add 1/4 teaspoon salt when you add the peanut butter.
  2. Graham Cracker Crumbs: Graham cracker crumbs add structure and texture. You need about 8 full-sheet graham crackers for 1 cup of graham cracker crumbs.
  3. Peanut Butter: Peanut butter is the main ingredient and it’s actually used in both layers. For best texture, I suggest a processed creamy peanut butter such as Jif or Skippy. (I do not recommend oily or natural style peanut butter for this recipe, though I do make homemade peanut butter all the time!)
  4. Powdered Sugar: Powdered sugar keeps everything together and adds sweetness.
  5. Chocolate Chips: Because we can’t have chocolate peanut butter bars without chocolate!

How to make no bake peanut butter bars

How to Make No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

The first step is to melt the butter. Mix the butter with the graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar, and peanut butter. Press into a 9-inch square pan. Melt remaining peanut butter with chocolate chips. Pour on top of the peanut butter layer. Chill in the refrigerator until set, then cut into squares.

That’s it. You’re done. This is probably the easiest dessert you’ll ever make.

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These 5 ingredient no-bake chocolate peanut butter bars are so easy. They’re fudgy, creamy, absolutely addicting, and taste like peanut butter cups! Step away from the computer and run (don’t walk) to the kitchen to get started. Like, right now.

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No bake chocolate peanut butter bars

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes
  • Yield: 20-24 squares
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No-Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These no-bake chocolate peanut butter bars are incredibly decadent and made from only 5 ingredients.


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (115g) salted butter, melted*
  • 1 cup (85g) graham cracker crumbs (about 8 full sheet graham crackers)
  • 2 cups (240g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup + 2 Tablespoons (280g) creamy peanut butter, divided
  • 1 cup (180g) semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Line an 8×8 or 9×9 inch square baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Mix the melted butter, graham cracker crumbs, and confectioners’ sugar together in a medium bowl. Stir in 1 cup (250g) of peanut butter, then press evenly into prepared baking pan.
  3. Melt remaining 2 Tablespoons of peanut butter with the chocolate chips in the microwave or on the stove. Stir until smooth. Spread over peanut butter layer.
  4. Chill in the refrigerator until completely firm, at least 2 hours. Allow to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes before cutting. Serve chilled. Setting them out for a few hours at room temperature for serving is OK.
  5. Cover leftover bars tightly and refrigerate for up to 1 week.

Notes

  1. Freezing Instructions: Cover bars tightly, as a whole or cut into individual squares, and freeze for up to 3 months. I simply line the squares in a freezer-friendly container between sheets of parchment paper. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.
  2. Butter: Unsalted butter can be used instead. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt with the peanut butter in step 2.
  3. Peanut Butter: For best texture, I strongly suggest a processed creamy peanut butter such as Jif or Skippy. I do not recommend oily or natural style peanut butter for this recipe.
  4. This recipe was updated in 2019 with more confectioners’ sugar and peanut butter to produce thicker bars.
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

380 Comments

  1. I’m rating these 4 stars, 5 stars for the ease of making them, but 3 on flavor – they are way too sweet. Sweeter than the last time I made them for sure, but that was years ago with the original recipe. Great PB flavor. Next time I will experiment with less powdered sugar. Overall, still a quick, easy recipe that’s great to have in the dessert arsenal.

    1. I second that, Alisha!! Super easy, but way, WAY too sweet for me!! I love EVERY recipe of Sally’s, this one is just not for me I suppose!

  2. My 11 year old Granddaughter & her Friend each made a batch & put them in a 13×9 pan. These were so easy & fast to make. Best recipe ever & so yummy. They were the favorite at a swimming party. Thanks Sally I love your web site.

  3. I had no problem spreading them, but thought they were a little on the sweet side. Next time I will use more graham crumbs less icing sugar. Thought they were a great treat, will be making them again.

  4. Hi Sally!! These were delicious!! Do you think these will do okay to ship? It would take 2 days to arrive to the recipient. Thanks!!

    1. Hi Rebecca! So happy you enjoy these, thanks for trying them. In warm weather, I do not recommend shipping the bars.

  5. You can also make these bars in individual portions by using a muffin tin (a full recipe makes 12 muffin cups). I tried last night, and everyone loved them! They were sweet and slightly crumbly, with a tiny bit of crunch from the graham cracker crumbs and just the right amount of peanut butter. You’ve done it again, Sally!

  6. Hi Sally, thanks for this incredible recipe! I love peanut butter balls, and this is a faster and easier alternative! After making this recipe for the first time about a month ago, I immediately thought about this recipe today when friends requested that I bring a dessert to their house tonight for dinner. Except this time, I got smart and doubled it!

  7. I’m excited to try this recipe along with many others!!! Have you tried or do you think chocolate graham crackers could work? Maybe I will try a batch of each.

    1. Hi Melissa! Hope you enjoy these no bake peanut butter bars. I actually haven’t tried them with chocolate graham crackers, but they would be great!

  8. Do you happen to have the different quantities of ingredients from the original recipe? They are a favorite of my husbands, but I don’t have the original recipe written down. Thanks!

    1. Hi Taylor! The original recipe was basically half of the peanut butter layer. (Keeping the chocolate layer the same as written.) The original bars had equal peanut butter layer and chocolate layer.

  9. Hi Sally,
    I made this recipe last week, but I felt the sugar content was a bit high, so I made it again with 25% less sugar and it was fantastic. Well done. I am a butcher who has a hankering to be a baker. Take a look at butchermagazine.com if you are interested.

  10. Hi,
    If I only have honey roasted peanut butter (which is pretty sweet- I’ve made cookies with it and had to take out the sugar)- can I skip the powdered sugar? I don’t like super sweet desserts but I’m not sure if there’s something I’d need to sub in texture wise. Thanks!

    1. Hi Emily, I don’t recommend it – the texture of this recipe comes from the confectioners sugar. You can try adding a pinch of salt to help cut the sweetness and also use dark chocolate instead of semi-sweet. If its still too sweet I recommend keeping a jar of regular peanut butter on hand for this recipe 🙂

  11. Made these bars and the family loved it. Followed the cut confectioners sugar by a 1/4 and it turned out perfect. My family loved them. Thank you so much.

  12. This is a favorite indulgence around here, as we love peanut butter and chocolate! So easy, and it’s great to make for company and potlucks. Thank you, Sally! <3

  13. Super simple and amazing!! Great for giving the oven a break and they’re perfect to keep hidden in the freezer I reduce sugar by 1/4-1/2 cup and often swap out some of peanut butter for almond butter.

  14. These look so good! At the store yesterday, I was deciding between graham crackers and Vanilla Wafers to keep on hand for potential crust. Naturally, I picked the cookies! I’m going to try them and hope they’ll work in this recipe. (I’ll do pretty much anything to avoid shopping!)

  15. These are amazing! I first made them with creamy peanut butter but i use tried them with crunchy peanut butter. They’re amazing! my instagram where I post your recipes: @bakeddelish

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