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Easiest No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

Updated June 14, 2018
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Combining two of our favorite ingredients, the Easiest No Bake Peanut Butter Bars bring peanut butter and chocolate together in a way that's absolutely divine. Made with only five ingredients, it's a quick no bake recipe that is ready in minutes and a delightful finish to your meal. Whip together these creamy bites and watch as they disappear right before your eyes. You won't be able to stop at just one.


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Cooking MethodNo Bake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups animal cracker crumbs (or vanilla wafers, graham crackers, etc)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
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  • For the Topping
  •  
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 10 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped

Instructions

  1. In a mixer or a food processor, combine the first four ingredients until smooth. Spread into a 13x9 baking pan.

  2. For the topping, melt the chocolate and peanut butter together in the microwave for 1 minute. Stir. If not completely melted you can heat in 10 second intervals until smooth.

  3. Spread over the top of the peanut butter layer.

  4. Chill dessert in the refrigerator for about an hour, or in the freezer for 15 minutes. Cut into bars and serve.

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This looks like something I should consider having as a regular staple in my home...and I really can't believe how seriously easy it is to make! I'm wondering though, do you think it would turn out the same if I used coconut oil instead of the melted butter to make a slightly healthier version. Has anyone tried using animal crackers or vanilla wafers I'm thinking it would make a big difference in flavor and texture compared to the graham crackers..but I'm sure equally as tasty.

I've had these before, or at least something very close when I was in college and absolutely loved them. They're really easy to make and I remember downing several decent-sized bars in one sitting, I haven't introduced my grandchildren to these yet, and I'll fix that oversight when they come visit again. I know they'll love them as much as I do.

This has to be one of the easiest recipes I have ever seen. I love anything peanut butter and chocolate. I think my family would go bonkers over these because they love the combination too. I agree with MsDeb21 that these look like a huge pan of Reese's. Great post! Thanks so much.

These look like a big pan of Reese's peanut butter cups. I can't believe how easy they are to make. The only problem will be keeping my son from eating all of them! What do you do when you need cookie crumbs? I don't have a food processor.

These. Look great for last few days before Christmas to bake!

my children love help making them there easy and make a good snack for school.

I use a very similar recipe to make homemade peanut butter cups in a mini muffin tin. I swap the powdered sugar with Splenda and always use graham crackers. layer a bit of the peanut butter mixture on the bottom, top with the chocolate mixture and refrigerate to set! YUM!

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