No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

Ah, this one’s a blast from the past.  I’ve been making these Peanut Butter Bars at least since high school, and maybe even before that.  They’re simple, rich, and taste as good as a Reese’s!  (not quite the same, but so good!)


No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup peanut butter (we like crunchy)
  • 1 sleeve (about 20 squares) graham crackers, crushed
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips (we like semi-sweet)

Melt butter.  Blend with peanut butter and crushed graham crackers.  Sift powdered sugar into peanut butter mixture, one cup at a time.  Stir until well blended.  Batter will be stiff!  (I sometimes squash it all together with my hands ~ fun!)

Press into a 9×9 pan.  Melt chocolate chips; spread over bars.  Refrigerate before cutting into small squares.  (They are as rich as fudge!)

*** Feel free to make thinner bars by pressing them into a 9×13 pan.  You may need 1 cup of chocolate chips to cover the surface area.

*** Dark chocolate and milk chocolate would be fabulous, too.  Use what you like!

*** Fun treat to add to Christmas trays!




  1. If my husband saw this post, he would tell you these are my love language. I drool over anything with peanut butter AND chocolate …. but to add no bake?!? It’s the perfect storm of sweets for me!

  2. Sigh. Guess what has two thumbs and gave up sweets for Advent to try to get her adrenals back in line? That’s right, this girl. Guess i’m off to try to convince myself i’m not hungry…

    • Oh dear. That’s hard enough during Lent, but wow… even though it’s a shorter time, I think giving up sweets at Advent would be worse! 😉

  3. Dawn Parrott says:

    I remember these! They were super good as I recall! Hope your having a wonderful Holiday season.

    • That is hilarious, because YOU are one of the people in my memory when I think about eating them! 😉 In the kitchen in the 2-story white house… Tiffany there, too, I think… Wow, we’re talking 20 years ago. Eeek.

  4. Where have I been?! I’ve never seen these! I’ll have to try them soon!

  5. Dang. I have everything in the house but graham crackers!! Just looked at your carrot apple muffin recipe and had every single thing but the apple!!! Your Killing Me!!!

  6. Debbie Jennings says:

    I make something similar, but without the graham crackers. They are called peanut butter balls. You still use the butter, peanut butter and powdered sugar. Mix well and then dip in chocolate almond bark. They taste real close to Reece’s peanut butter cups. I make them at Christmas along with the Martha Washington candy. Lots of work, but my hubby loves them.

  7. I’ve tried to make peanut butter fudge, but without success. Perhaps this can be a delicious consolation prize.

  8. These look amazing! Do you know how much crushed graham cracker you add? I have some already crushed that would be good to use up in this recipe.

    • Hmmm, I don’t. Sorry. I always just open a sleeve of them and go at it! I will say, though, that the sleeves must be changing. I opened a box at my moms and they were not in the familiar perforated rectangles. So yes, I do need to measure that out sometime! (A good excuse to make more, right?!)

      • I just made these with regular graham crackers after I noticed that my pre-crushed crackers had a “best buy” date of January 2011. *ahem*

        Dumb me though… I didn’t measure the crushed crackers before I dumped them into the butter.

  9. I found a similar recipe from and it’s the best. I was a little taken aback by how little chocolate you use though, Amy ;).

  10. YUM! These look AMAZING! I’m going to try them for a dessert next week!

  11. That looks really good!!!

  12. I just made these today and they were delicious. I had a box of graham cracker crumbs with a little bit left so I made a half batch and just added powdered sugar till it had the right consistency. I melted some chocolate in the bottom of a 6 cell silicone mold and then added the peanut butter bar dough on top of that, this way then I flip them out the chocolate was on the top and molded pretty. I was able to make 6 LARGE hearts with a half batch. I definitely will be making these again and again. I also want to try with white chocolate as I love the Reese’s cups with white chocolate.

    • Oooo, I bought a silicone heart mold after Valentine’s Day this year. May have to try it out with my next batch!


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