Calling all Peanut butter fans! This no bake peanut butter bars recipe tastes just like a peanut butter cup! These cookie bars are so easy. They change common pantry ingredients into decadent peanut butter and chocolate no bake cookies!
They do take some time in the fridge to set but are less labor-intensive than peanut butter cookies. Don’t get me wrong, I love make cookies, but sometimes you just want to take the easy street. The hardest part about this recipe is waiting for these delicious no bake peanut butter bars to fully set!
Let’s head to the kitchen and get started!
This recipe is so fantastic. Here are some of my favorite things about it!
- SO easy
- Peanut butter+chocolate= YUM
- Simple 5 ingredients
- Makes a big batch
How To Make No Bake Peanut Butter Bars Recipe
To make this no bake peanut butter bars recipe, begin by lining a 9×13 pan with aluminum foil and spraying with cooking spray. Combine all the ingredients and press into the pan.
Put in the fridge for about 20 minutes and melt the chocolate and peanut butter together. Spread the melted chocolate over the top of the peanut butter mixture. Put them back in the fridge for 2-4 hours or until set.
I just love these peanut butter bars. I’ll tell you one of the secrets to success- the graham cracker crumbs! They bring body and structure to the bars and a wonderful sweet undertone.
Melting the chocolate- Be gentle as you melt the chocolate. In the microwave or the double boiler, go low and slow. Chocolate shouldn’t get too hot to touch.
Tips For Making The Perfect No Bake Peanut Butter Bars
My biggest tip for making the perfect no bake peanut butter bars is to not skip the chill times! If you cut corners in the fridge, the layers won’t stay neat, and they’re more likely to stick.
Peanut Butter Squares Ingredient Notes
Here are a few notes on the ingredients for these peanut butter squares!
Graham Cracker crumbs – I like the boxed graham cracker crumbs. You can certainly make your own, but the premade crumbs are usually finer than what you get with a food processor.
Chocolate- I use semisweet in this recipe, but milk or dark chocolate would be delish.
These bars recipe stores best in the fridge in a tightly sealed container.
Can You Freeze Them?
To freeze this no bake peanut butter bars recipe, cut the chilled bars into squares, put them in a freezer bag, and pop them in the freezer.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars Make Ahead Tips
There’s not much prep to do in advance for these chocolate peanut butter bars. However, they do improve the longer they sit in the fridge. You can make them several days ahead of when you need them.
How Long Can You Keep This In The Fridge?
According to food handling guidelines, this no bake peanut butter bars recipe will hold in the fridge for up to a week. You can freeze it for up to 6 months.
This no bake peanut butter bars recipe is a classic approach to a no bake peanut butter bar. Here are some ideas for variations.
Can I Add Oats?
Uncooked oatmeal tends to be hard on the stomach and makes the recipe dry. Try my peanut butter oatmeal bars instead. They’re the perfect chewy, peanut buttery oatmeal traybake.
A couple of other fantastic cookie bars with oats are carmelitas and oatmeal chocolate chip bars. Both recipes are easy and decadent!
Can I Add Lemon Flavor?
Lemon is going to lose the battle too strong flavors like peanut butter and chocolate every time. Lemon is better paired with other delicate flavors like in lemon blueberry bars. For bold lemon flavor, classic lemon bars are one of my all-time favorite treats. They’re so light, tangy, and refreshing!
You can also try easy lemon cheesecake bars with all the goodness of cheesecake without the fuss!
Can I Add Pumpkins?
Pumpkin would drastically change the moisture content of these bars, and I just don’t know about pumpkin and peanut butter. If you’ve got a can of pumpkin just begging to be used, make pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting. It’s a tried and true recipe that is always well received.
Another delicious pumpkin bars recipe is pumpkin pie bars. They’re just like a slice of pie in a handheld treat!
What Other No Bake Cookies Can I Make?
You can’t get any easier than no bake cookies! Church window cookies and haystacks are quick to make and have fun presentations. You can also try a twist on tradition with no bake snickerdoodle cookies!
What Other Cookie Bars Can I Make With Excess Peanut Butter?
Have more peanut butter that needs to be transformed into delicious baked goods? Consider monster cookie bars or payday bars. They’re simple traybakes that use peanut butter to create homemade cookie bar deliciousness!
A stove top option would be peanut butter rice krispie treats. You’ll have a hard time going back to marshmallows after you try these babies!
I love the short cut of not having to form individual cookies with cookie bars recipes! Here are some of my go-to traybakes!
No Bake Peanut Butter Bars
Peanut Butter Base:
- 1 cup butter Melted
- 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 2 cups confectioner's sugar
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 4 tablespoons peanut butter
- Line a 9 X 13-inch baking dish with aluminum foil, allowing 2-3 inches to extend over long sides. Spray generously with non-stick cooking spray.
- Mix together the butter, graham cracker crumbs, confectioner's sugar, and 1 cup peanut butter until evenly combined. Cool in the fridge for 20 minutes to firm.
- Meanwhile, melt the semi-sweet chocolate chips and 4 tablespoons of peanut butter in a double boiler or in the microwave. Spread over cooled peanut butter base. Refrigerate until firm. 2-4 hours. Cut into bars and enjoy.
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