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!

stack of 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 in glass bowl

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!

2 images of chocolate chips and peanut butter in a glass bowl and pouring melted chocolate peanut butter mixture into pan

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. Even easier than peanut butter balls!

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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

  • 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.

147 Comments

  1. My husband LOVES them and he’s not usually a cake man. I’ve already made a second batch for him. My problem is keeping away from them as I’m on a diet!

  2. We make these all the time! I use natural, “oily” peanut, almond, or sunflower seed butter and omit 1/2 – 1 cup of powdered sugar and they turn out delicious every time! Easy, fast, can’t mess it up kind of recipe 🙂

    1. Thanks for mentioning that you tried the recipe with the natural kind of peanut butter. I’m planning to make these and I won’t buy Jif or Skippy – yuck! Did you omit some of the powdered sugar because you thought the recipe contained too much sugar?

  3. Has anyone tried adding toppings to the chocolate while it’s still melting? I was thinking of topping it with mini M&Ms.

    1. Lexi @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Susan, we can’t see why not! Sounds like a fun and delicious addition.

      1. Thanks I use to eat these at school but couldn’t figure out the crunch part I thought it might if been oatmeal but seeing this recipe this makes Moore sense. Just made then crossed hope it’s like the one from school. I love them.

    2. I’ve made this recipe numerous times, comes out great every time! I also add chopped peanuts on top for a little crunch sometimes, right after I’ve spread the chocolate topping out and it’s still wet/sticky.

  4. Diana Meunier says:

    has anyone tried subbing out the graham cracker crumbs for something else? Maybe ground oats??
    Last time I made these with Swerve confectioners sugar for a lower carb / sugar count and it was fantastic.

    1. Lexi @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Diana! We haven’t tried these bars with ground oats — it would take some tinkering to ensure they don’t come out too dry. If you decide to give them a try, let us know how it goes!

    2. I tried Oreo cookies instead of graham crackers. Reduced the sugar to 1 cup. Was great!

    3. I use almond flour with perfect results.

  5. Hi Sally! This is one of my fave recipes of all time.

    How much sugar did the old recipe call for? I love the new peanut butter ratio, but find these a bit too sweet.

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Maddy! It was 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar and 3/4 cup of peanut butter.

  6. Corinne Severn says:

    Do you have any idea of carb count or grams of sugar per square?

    1. Trina @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Corinne, We don’t usually include nutrition information as it can vary between different brands of the same ingredients. Plus, many recipes have ingredient substitutions or optional ingredients listed. However, there are many handy online calculators where you can plug in and customize your exact ingredients/brands. Readers have found this one especially helpful: https://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-calculator.asp

  7. I’ve made several of your recipes and have never been disappointed! I made these bars today and they’re SO GOOD. Thank you, Sally, for another great recipe!

  8. Becky Woolsey says:

    Can you make these with chunky peanut butter? I love chunky peanut butter.

    1. Trina @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Yes! We love them with crunchy/chunky peanut butter. If you enjoy those extra little pieces of nuts, you’ll love them too.

  9. Just made these as a last-minute dessert and we were not let down! I made a few substitutions though, I swapped the graham crackers for saltines and used unsalted butter (mostly because that’s what I had on hand) and they turned out fabulous. They were pretty sweet from the sugar and chocolate, so the saltines really cut through the sweetness. Will make it again!

  10. Our family loved these!!! Next time I’ll double the batch and put in a 9×13 pan.

  11. Absolutely delicious, I melted the Peanutbutter & butter together for the 2nd batch, seem to mix better. Definitely making again

  12. Sandy Eschelbach says:

    We have a restaurant here in Kalamazoo, Michigan (Texas Corners) called Rykse & Co. that make these bars and they call them “Sin Bars”. They are my favorite desserts that Rykse’s makes. I will buy four of them and put them in the freezer and spread out the time to enjoy them. Thank you for this recipe!

  13. I just made these but needed to do a few substitutions due to what I had on hand. We don’t have Graham crackers in the UK so I used digestive biscuits which are similar, I had caster sugar so I blitzed it to make it finer. I had light butter,which was fine and I only had milk chocolate chips but did have some dark baking chocolate so mixed them. All those subs and they’re still delicious! Will make this bar again.

  14. My husband took the first bite and proclaimed these in the TOP 3 desserts of all time. Nuff said. Thanks again Sally!

  15. Thanks Sally! I substituted graham cracker with Biscoff cookies and peanut butter with Biscoff cookie butter. Substitutes were 1:1 and followed recipe exactly. It’s not better than the PB version, just different and delicious. Highly recommend!!

  16. Seriously delicious! Made these for my large family one day and they lasted a day and a half before they were gone. Made them again tonight and realized too late that I didn’t have graham crackers, so I used Nilla Wafers instead and I liked them better! Thank you for sharing!

  17. Easy and addictive. (Dangerously). Would love a way to make these slightly healthier. Ideas?

  18. Do you think i could use rice crispys instead of graham crackers?

    1. Stephanie @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Fenna, We haven’t tested it but you can certainly try. You might also be interested in this Scotcheroos recipe.

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