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!

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.

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

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.

More peanut butter & chocolate recipes you’ll love!

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! 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.

Recipe 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

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  1. For any Brits trying this recipe (we dont get graham crackers here) use 60g of digestives and 60g of rich tea biscuits as a substitute. (120g in total =1 cup)

  2. hey sally btw i love u… u mentioned earlier something about these chewy cherry coconut cookies. im intrigued and can only hope u will share this glorious recipe.  thank u 

  3. I made this last night and cut it up this morning, it was a hit with my brothers! Thanks for the awesome recipe! 😀

  4. Just one problem–they’re too easy to make which means I’ll probably find every excuse to be making them. Oh, two problems: I accidentally left a bit in the bowl and had to finish that right away. If you like Reese’s peanut butter cups, this will be like having as many as you want and no one will discover your secret as you try to sneak thru the checkout stand.

  5. I was so excited to make and deliver these to a friend today but realized I am out of graham crackers. Do you think Golden Graham cereal crushed up could work as a replacement? I noticed a box in my pantry and I am just trying to save my 2 month old from another trip to the store 🙂 By the way I have been a huge fan of your recipes. Usually when I bake something my husband just says “Sally’s?”. Thanks for sharing such great ideas with us!

  6. Thank you for this recipe Sally!!! My son is nut allergic, and I made this for him with SunButter’s creamy sunflower butter. YUM! I must admit, I saw this recipe and made it immediately after seeing it!! 

    1. I’ve made these with sunflower seed butter in the past (for a friend who has a nut allergy) and I love them that way too! I’m so glad you tried them 🙂

  7. Hi Sally! I’m excited to make these in a few days. However, I’m confused about how many grams of digestives biscuits would be needed as Graham Crackers are not available in my country. Thank you! Love your recipes 😀

  8. Thank you for such great recipes. I have made this recipe several times now. I used oat flour instead graham crackers, for my gluten free friends. I actually like better! Keep up the great work.

  9. Great recipe! My only suggestion would be to chill the peanut butter layer for 15m prior to chocolate layer. I used a double boiler so I could simply pour the chocolate on with minimal spreading. Cheers.

  10. Hi Sally,

    Thank you for so many delicious recipes. Can this one be doubled and put into a 9×13 pan?

    Best regards,

    Vicki P.

  11. Thanks so much for your reply, Sally. My boys will be delighted there will be twice as many of these yummy bars next time! 🙂

    Vicki

  12. Just a note: To make these awesome peanut-butter squares gluten-free, simply switch out the graham cracker crumbs for Kinnikinnick brand graham style crumbs. They still taste awesome and you won’t even notice the difference! Thanks for the great recipes, Sally!

  13. I saw this posted today, and I do have all the ingredients on hand EXCEPT that I only use natural peanut butter, only ground peanuts, no added oils or sugars, etc. Often I get it fresh ground at the market. However, you state “not natural style” in the ingredients. May I ask why? Is it because the oil in it separates? Will it not hold together? I would really like to use natural, if possible. If I understand the reason, perhaps I can adjust something to allow for it. Thank you!

    1. Hi Bonnie! The bars will be extra crumbly using natural style peanut butter. So keep that in mind if you decide to use it. 🙂 If you decide to play around with the recipe to help with the crumbliness, let me know what you try!

  14. When freezing the no bake choc peanut butter bars, do you put a layer of wax paper or parchment paper between the layers of bars?

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  1. Thank you for such great recipes. I have made this recipe several times now. I used oat flour instead graham crackers, for my gluten free friends. I actually like better! Keep up the great work.

Questions

  1. Hi Sally,

    Thank you for so many delicious recipes. Can this one be doubled and put into a 9×13 pan?

    Best regards,

    Vicki P.

  2. I saw this posted today, and I do have all the ingredients on hand EXCEPT that I only use natural peanut butter, only ground peanuts, no added oils or sugars, etc. Often I get it fresh ground at the market. However, you state “not natural style” in the ingredients. May I ask why? Is it because the oil in it separates? Will it not hold together? I would really like to use natural, if possible. If I understand the reason, perhaps I can adjust something to allow for it. Thank you!

    1. Hi Bonnie! The bars will be extra crumbly using natural style peanut butter. So keep that in mind if you decide to use it. 🙂 If you decide to play around with the recipe to help with the crumbliness, let me know what you try!

  3. When freezing the no bake choc peanut butter bars, do you put a layer of wax paper or parchment paper between the layers of bars?

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