Easy No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

I’ve men­tioned before how smit­ten I am with peanut but­ter and choco­late, and I believe there’s some­thing mag­i­cal about the com­bi­na­tion. I had for­got­ten all about these easy no-bake bars; my mother made them occa­sion­ally grow­ing up, and every once in a while they were a deli­cious dessert wait­ing at the end of the cafe­te­ria line in ele­men­tary school.

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

There are hun­dreds of sim­i­lar recipes for this treat online, but I’ve kept my ver­sion sim­ple, with just the pure fla­vors of creamy peanut but­ter and dark choco­late. These bars are rich and deca­dent, and a lit­tle square goes a long way. Enjoy!

Ingre­di­ents: Peanut But­ter Choco­late Squares
Adapted slightly from Once Upon A Chef

The gra­ham cracker crumbs can be omit­ted, how­ever, I liked the fla­vor they added. I also used nat­ural, creamy peanut but­ter here; you can use what­ever peanut but­ter you’d like, but peanut but­ter with added sugar will make these bars sweeter.

  • 6 table­spoons unsalted but­ter, softened
  • 6 firmly packed table­spoons brown sugar
  • 1 ⅓ cups creamy peanut but­ter (see note)
  • ½ cup gra­ham cracker crumbs
  • 1 tea­spoon vanilla
  • ½ tea­spoon salt
  • 2 cups con­fec­tion­ers’ sugar
No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Ingre­di­ents: Glaze

  • 8 ounces semi sweet or bit­ter­sweet choco­late, chopped fine
  • 5 table­spoons heavy cream
  • ½ tea­spoon vanilla extract

Lightly grease an 8x8 inch square pan, and line it with parch­ment paper, leav­ing a 2-inch over­hang on all sides. Set aside.

In a stand­ing mixer, beat the but­ter until creamy. Add the sugar and beat to com­bine, then add the peanut but­ter, gra­ham cracker crumbs, vanilla, and salt, and beat until com­bined and creamy. Add the confectioner’s sugar and mix until just combined.

Put the peanut but­ter mix­ture into the lined pan, and gen­tly press it down into the pan, cov­er­ing the whole sur­face. Use your hands or the bot­tom of a mea­sur­ing cup to even out the top. Set aside while mak­ing the glaze.

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

To make the glaze, com­bine the choco­late and heavy cream into a heavy-bottomed saucepan, and heat over medium heat. Stir fre­quently, until the choco­late mix­ture is com­bined and com­pletely smooth. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Gen­tly pour over the peanut but­ter bars, and use a knife or off­set spat­ula to smooth the glaze evenly.

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Put the peanut but­ter bars in the freezer for one hour. After the bars have chilled, remove them from the freezer and lift the bars from the pan, using the parch­ment over­hang to help you. Place on a cut­ting board, and slice them into small squares. Keep refrig­er­ated and serve cool.

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Enjoy!

  • http://www.deletingtheadjectives.com/ Rachel Brandt Fisher

    These look seri­ously amaz­ing! I’m aller­gic to choco­late but I might have to chance it on these.

  • http://www.cococakecupcakes.blogspot.ca/ Coco Cake Land

    sarah… oh the pain of look­ing at these deli­cious things! i am also a PB+C fanatic… mmm­mmm! ^__^

  • http://www.thevanillabeanblog.com/ sarah kief­fer

    Thank you!! They were dan­ger­ous while they lasted — I couldn’t stop eat­ing them. ;)

  • http://www.thevanillabeanblog.com/ sarah kief­fer

    I’m so sorry you are aller­gic to choco­late! Maybe you could top them with frost­ing instead? Or a white choco­late glaze?

  • Anna

    I love those lit­tle hands in the pic­tures! :) What was more excit­ing as a child than to make treats??

  • Sarah Kief­fer

    Hi Amber — there is a note right under the title of the recipe: ‘I also used nat­ural, creamy peanut but­ter here; you can use what­ever peanut but­ter you’d like, but peanut but­ter with added sugar will make these bars sweeter.’

  • Sarah Kief­fer

    I’m so glad you liked them! And yes, parch­ment makes every­thing easier. ;)

  • Sarah Kief­fer

    Thank you! My kids do like help­ing with these posts. :)

  • Sarah Kief­fer

    Thanks Stephanie! And yes, my kids love being in the kitchen when I’m work­ing on these posts. :)

  • artsandcraftsworld.com

    I definetely have to try this! Thanks for the recipe ;)