Peanut Butter Bars Recipe

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
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5 from 5 reviews

Peanut Butter Bars are so creamy, decadent, and topped with a velvety chocolate layer. This is a no-bake dessert that is made only with six ingredients!

I’ve got a ton of no-bake recipes in my blog because I adore desserts, but I’m not in the mood to bake all the time. For those days, my Strawberry Tiramisu, Devil’s Food Cake Truffles, and Butterscotch Banana Trifle hit all the right spots!

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No-bake Creamy Peanut Butter Bars

Peanut Butter Bars feature the most delicious combo ever— chocolate and peanut butter! They cannot be easier to make, and you don’t even have to turn on the oven. This no-bake dessert is super fudgy, chocolatey, nutty, and amazing with hot chocolate or cold milk.  

Aside from being a yummy treat, it’s also loaded with protein for an energy-boosting snack. It’s perfect for making ahead because it freezes really well.

Also, I recommend making a double batch— one for enjoying, and another so you always have a stash of these incredible treats on hand. The best part about them? They are made with only 6 simple ingredients, and a few minutes away from pure peanut butter heaven!

 Peanut Butter Bars Ingredients:

  • Butter: Adds rich, buttery notes to the bars while helping the ingredients blend smoothly together.
  • Graham cracker crumbs: Essential for texture and to give the structure of the bar.
  • Peanut butter: Our star ingredient! We use PB for both the base and the topping. Processed ones like Skippy or Jif are ideal because they’re creamy and not oily.
  • Powdered sugar: Adds sweetness and helps the base come together.
  • Chocolate: Can’t have PB without chocolate! Use good-quality, because it will really stand out.
  • Nuts: These bars look gorgeous with crushed nuts on that chocolate topping, and that nutty crunch is lovely. but feel free to skip if you prefer a smooth surface.

steps how to make peanut butter bars

How to make the best Peanut Butter Bars?

  1. Prepare the pan. An 8×8 or 9×9 pans make beautiful thick bars. Cut out enough foil or parchment paper to cover the bottom and sides, with a couple of inches hanging over the sides.
  2. Crush the crackers. Pulse the Grahams in a food processor or crush with a rolling pin.
  3. Make the base. Then, melt the PB and the butter together until smooth. Next, beat the sugar in completely. Finish the base by folding in the crumbs. Transfer to the pan and smooth out the top.
  4. Make the chocolate topping. Melt the chocolate and PB together. Then, cool over the base, smooth it out, and sprinkle with chopped nuts. Let the bars chill for a minimum of 2 hrs.
  5. Enjoy. Slice as big or small as you want. Enjoy!

What else can you add to Peanut Butter Bars?

 You can easily dress up these bars for any taste or occasion! Some great additions are:

  • Chocolate chips
  • Flaky sea salt
  • Crushed pretzels
  • Caramel drizzle
  • Sliced almonds, hazelnuts, and other nuts

peanut butter bars filling

Which peanut butter is the best to use?

Creamy, store-bought version is ideal for this recipe, such as Jif or Skippy. Natural, homemade versions tend to be oily, which will affect the texture and stop the bar base from setting.

Also, if the natural or oily PB is all you have on hand, I recommend trying to remove as much of the oil as possible.

How long do Peanut Butter Bars last?

In the fridge and wrapped properly, these treats will taste fresh for 5 days up to a week.

Frozen, you can keep them as long as 3 months.

peanut butter bars topped with chocolate

How to freeze them?

No matter if you’re freezing them or keeping in the fridge, make sure to cover them tightly with plastic wrap. You can do that for individual slices or as a whole.

To store in the freezer, line them up in an appropriate container. Then, place a parchment sheet between each one to keep them from sticking to each other. To enjoy, thaw overnight.

More Easy Peanut Butter Desserts:

peanut butter bars with a bite

Recipe tips and notes:

  • A 9×9 or 8×8 dishes are perfect if you like thick slices.
  • Lining your dish with parchment paper makes it hassle-free to lift sticky desserts like this from the pan.
  • Also, these treats need to set, so plan ahead for at least 2 hrs of chilling time to overnight.
  • For clean, beautiful slices, use a serrated or very sharp knife. Wipe between cuts.
  • Use creamy and not oily PB. Therefore, for the best texture and results, I highly recommend a processed creamy peanut butter such as Jif or Skippy.
  • In addition, to avoid lumps, mix the base manually using a hand whisk.
  • You can melt the chopped chocolate in the microwave or on the stove over a pot of simmering water.
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5 from 5 reviews

Peanut Butter Bars

Peanut Butter Bars are so creamy, decadent, and topped with a velvety chocolate layer. This is a no-bake dessert that is made only with six ingredients!

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 9 servings
Prep time: 30 minutes Total time: 2 hrs 30 mins

Ingredients

Base:

Chocolate Topping:

Instructions

Base:

Chocolate Topping:

Nutrition information

Carbohydrates: 62 Protein: 16 Fat: 60 Saturated Fat: 25 Cholesterol: 54 Sodium: 556 Potassium: 481 Fiber: 6 Sugar: 44 Vitamin A: 630 Calcium: 53 Iron: 3 Calories: 704
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Amanda

The picture alone is making my mouth water!

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Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert

These Peanut Butter Bars are sound delicious! Dangerously good...

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Patricia @ Grab a Plate

Oh my! How wonderful are these goodies! I love all the options you've listed as add-ins! Mmm!

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Haley Williams

Wow these are so delicious! Can't wait to make them and share with friends!

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Toni Dash

This was a huge hit with my kids! Such a delicious treat!

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Cathy

My family will love these bars! The perfect combo!

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Sandra McCollum

I had so much fun making and eating these with the kids! So easy to make!

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