No Bake Peanut Butter Bars {just like Reese’s!}

These no bake peanut butter bars are the perfect summer treat. They won’t heat up your kitchen and are so simple to make. They taste just like Reese’s peanut butter cups!

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No-bake.

Music to your ears during the hot, hot summer, no?

Peanut Butter. Chocolate. No-bake.

Sounding better and better, right?

Let me also tell you how dangerous these are. We’re talking put-them-in-the-freezer-to-“forget”-about-them-but-proceed-to-eat-them-straight-out-of-the-freezer good. Who cares if they almost break your teeth? Who cares if you get chocolate all over your face? Who cares if your overly sensitive teeth sting as you bite through the cold chocolate and peanut butter? Who cares? Your stomach is happy. Very, very happy.

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These no bake peanut butter bars couldn’t be any simpler to make, either. Really, really easy and you don’t have to turn the oven on.

Hence the “no bake,” in case you haven’t had your coffee yet today.

The addition of graham cracker crumbs gives these the signature texture of Reese’s peanut butter cups. Slightly grainy, but in a good way — not gross like it sounds. I’m serious you guys. These things are good. Gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood. If you make these for any event, your friends and family are going to be absolutely raving about them.

Enjoy!

Updated to add: Since writing this post, my son has been diagnosed with a peanut allergy (amongst other food allergies), and going back in to edit and freshen up this post is quite torturous! I wish I could whip up a batch of these right now. Who wants to make some and invite me over to eat them?

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Craving more no bake treats? These no bake lemon berry cheesecakes are one of my favorites! If you’re looking for something a bit healthier, try these chocolate protein balls. And your kids will adore these Fruity Pebbles no bake barsI also can’t wait to try these Cookie Dough Bars from The View From Great Island.

 

No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

These no bake peanut butter bars are the perfect summer treat. Simple to make, won’t heat up your kitchen, and taste just like Reese’s peanut butter cups!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon oil

Directions:

  1. Line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, combine butter, brown sugar, powdered sugar, peanut butter, vanilla and salt. Stir frequently until butter is melted and all ingredients are combined. Remove from heat and stir in graham cracker crumbs. Spread into prepared pan, tapping down on counter to level it out. Place in fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, gently melt chocolate chips and oil in microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring well in between each interval until smooth. Spread over peanut butter mixture, tapping down on the counter again to smooth out and get rid of any air bubbles. Return to fridge and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Cut while cold and serve. Store any extras in the fridge.

adapted from I Heart Nap Time

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Verdict: Umm I probably gained ten pounds eating these darn things. I wish I was joking. Worth every bite, though.
Husband’s take: I’m pretty sure he liked them too but I was too busy stuffing my face to listen to his thoughts on these bars.
Changes I would make: GIVE THEM AWAY before I eat them all.
Difficulty: Super easy!

 

 

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82 comments

  1. We make a recipe similar to this, and no matter where I bring it, it receives rave reviews. People love their chocolate and pb! You definitely have me craving these bars again :)

  2. Oh you’ve done it now!! These are my weakness!

  3. Yay for no bake! These PB bars look soooooo tasty!!

  4. I love these no bake treats. Reese’s are one of my favorite candies so I know these will be a hit.

  5. These are all the things good in life. Seriously, I would eat them until I made myself sick.

  6. Certainly sounds like an American treat I should create in my Australian kitchen. Sometimes I just need to feel my inner Yank. :)

  7. I’ve made these more times than I care to admit and I have to confess that I cannot be trusted around them. No willpower. None.

  8. A recipe involving peanut butter and no bake! I’m in! Especially since I hate turning the oven on in the summer months!

  9. Yes and YUM!! These look awesome!

  10. i made something very similar to these before and its very addiction. Now looking at these i want to make to another batch…

  11. I’ve never met a chocolate-pb combo that I didn’t love! These bars look delicious and dangerous, and positively perfect!

  12. Yessssssss! You have no idea how happy this makes me! These bars are da’bomb-izzle.

  13. No bake is KEY today–we are in such a miserable heat wave :( These look tasty though!

  14. Hope you get some relief from the heat!

  15. In my neck of the woods (Ohio)–they used to serve these at school (before they realized they should serve healthier options)–and they are called Hollywood Squares. A local candy place will sell a 9×13 of Hollywood Squares for $38.00!! How crazy for something so simple and cheap to make! My husband and sister could LIVE on these (and do!)

  16. These are perfect! It’s warming up again here today too and I love no-bake desserts for that reason. I love PB/chocolate too!

  17. Yum, these look amazing! We have a college study gathering on Monday nights and I might have to make these for them soon!

  18. I love these bars. I add Nutella to mine, too! The more nut butters/spreads I can pack into 1 bar, the better. I even put something similar in my cookbook! I bet your family loved you for these :)

  19. Mmm…these look and sound amazing! Love.Love.Love chocolate and peanut butter together! Going to make these “for the kids” (yea right…hubby and I will be chowing down after the kids go to bed…) but I’ll try using ground oats in place of the graham crackers so I can keep them GF for me :-) Thanks for sharing!

  20. You deliver right? Because I want some immediately.

  21. These look perfect!! It’s like a buckeye candy, in a bar…what’s not to love?! I think I would have to give them away pretty fast too, or else I’d eat them endlessly (my obsession is chocolate and peanut butter)

  22. Say no more, I’m in! These bars look super deliciously dangerous, just the way you described them! I have seen recipes for peanut butter cup-ish things that incorporate graham crackers and have been curious and this will be the recipe that cures my curiosity!

  23. I have made these before – definitely addicting, and so good!

  24. No-bake is music to my ears! Your right, these would be totally dangerous to keep in my house. I don’t even think they would make it to the freezer.

  25. Ooh, these look SO good! Peanut butter + chocolate is such an amazing combo + the fact that these are no-bake makes them even better. =)

  26. These look delish. Will have to try them with SunButter due to peanut allergy.

  27. Over the years I’ve left behind most of the treats that are available at eye level to consumers in the grocery store…the candy bars they all hope we will HAVE TO HAVE. Except Rolos and Peanut Butter Cups. I want to make these bad; I will have to make sure someone else is in the house to squirrel them away from ME!

  28. These would be dangerous at my house! We’d devour them in no time!

  29. I think I have died and gone to heaven. Reese’s peanut butter cups are my absolute favorite thing in the world. And you know I will be the one eating them out of the freezer breaking my teeth. So if you see someone on the street with chocolate all over their face and broken in half teeth, you are probably seeing me :)

  30. I all too often put things in the freezer to hide them from myself, and the hallmark of a good recipe is if I risk tooth-breaking to eat it straight. These would pose a SERIOUS risk. But one I’m willing to take.

  31. i used to make these all the time a few years ago, and stopped for obvious reasons. it’s been way too long… and frozen was my favorite way to eat these too!

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  33. Oooooo, Buckeye Bars! My favorite growing up, though we didn’t add the graham cracker crumbs. I have no doubt they would only enhance the bars. :)

  34. My husband saw the photo for these bars while I was scrolling through Facebook. “I could eat some of those right now,” he commented. So I whipped up a batch. They were delicious! :D

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  38. I made these last night…they are DANGEROUSLY good! Sending them in with the hubs to work so they’re out of the house!!!

  39. Looks like I’ll be making these on a regular basis. They are so good, my husband and oldest son are devouring them!!!!!!!!!

  40. OMG! These are so good, I made them after lunch and the smell was so good my neighbor knocked on my door to ask what I was making.

  41. I’m looking to make these but I’m from the uk. I’m buying some graham crackers from Amazon however I don’t know how many boxes to buy because I need 2 cups. Can someone help me out please :)
    Thank you

  42. I was excited to try these, but disappointed. The bottom layer is too dry, so they crumble and the chocolate layer separates.I just read “Hello Homebody’s recipe for the same squares. She only uses 1 cup of graham wafer crumbs.

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