No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
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If you love chocolate-covered peanut butter cups, you have to try these No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars! These rich, thick peanut butter bars are an easy dessert recipe for when you’re craving something sweet.

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Some days it’s just too hot to turn on the oven, even though I absolutely need a sugary dessert to calm my sweet tooth! In times like those, I turn to no bake desserts.

No bake desserts are always easy and don’t heat up my kitchen, that’s a win-win in my house. That is exactly why these Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars end up on my counter often, they’re so easy!

These bars only take 10 minutes and 5 ingredients to make – that’s it. There is nothing like a cold, chewy peanut butter bar, layered with rich chocolate, straight from the fridge. I mean look at that picture! Need I say more?

A pan full of chocolate peanut butter bars cut into squares.

Recipe Ingredients

Ready to dig into this chocolate and peanut butter perfection? Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Unsalted Butter
  • Creamy Peanut Butter: smooth peanut butter works the best.
  • Graham Cracker Crumbs: use approximately 10-12 whole graham crackers.
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Chocolate Chips: you can use semi-sweet or milk chocolate.

Vanilla-based cookies could be substituted for graham crackers if you would rather use those instead.

Ingredients for No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars.

What Kind of Peanut Butter to Use

For these peanut butter bars, and really all baking recipes, emulsified peanut butter (peanut butter without a layer of oil on top) works best — think classic creamy jif or skippy style peanut butter!

All-natural peanut butter and other unblended peanut butters tend to separate when it comes time to mix them in with other ingredients. It’s best to stick to commercial brand, smooth peanut butters if you can.

Can I use a different kind of nut butter?

Have a peanut allergy or just prefer a different flavor of nut? Sure, you can absolutely use a different type of nut butter.

Just make sure that whatever nut butter you pick has a similar consistency to the classic creamy peanut butter. You do not want to use any type of nut butter that has a layer of oil sitting on top that needs to be stirred in.

A mixing bowl with powdered sugar and peanut butter in it, next to a bowl of chocolate chips and a bowl of peanut butter.

How to Make Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Prep: Butter the bottom and sides of a 9×13 baking pan. Set aside.

Stir: In a medium bowl, stir together melted butter, peanut butter, graham cracker crumbs and powdered sugar until smooth and creamy. Press mixture into prepared pan.

A bowl of the peanut butter mixture with a whisk and spatula in it.

Heat: In a microwave safe bowl, combine peanut butter and chocolate chips and heat for 30 seconds, stir and continue heating 10 seconds at a time until the chips are melted. Stir until completely smooth.

Pan filled with peanut butter mixture next to a glass bowl with chocolate chips and peanut butter inside it.

Chill: Spread chocolate mixture evenly over peanut butter bars. Chill in refrigerator at least 2 hours or until firm.

Pan of peanut butter mixture with chocolate on top.

Cut: Remove from refrigerator and allow bars to come to room temperature before cutting (otherwise they can be very difficult to slice).

Serve: Serve room temperature or chilled, I prefer them best chilled!

Refrigerate: Store any leftover bars in the refrigerator, in an airtight container, for up to 1 week.

Pan of chocolate peanut butter bars cut into squares, next to two glasses of milk.

How to Store this No Bake Dessert

To preserve these chocolate peanut butter bars, store them in an airtight container in the fridge.

However, before you slice them, make sure to let them come to room temperature – your life will be much easier this way. After you slice them, you can serve them immediately or store them back in the fridge for about 1 week, but I doubt they’ll need that long!

I usually store them in a ziplock bag with all the air sucked out of it! You want to make sure whatever you store them in is airtight!

Can Peanut Butter Bars Be Frozen?

Yes, for six months if they are stored in an air tight container!

Just slice them into squares, freeze them on a cookie sheet, and then wrap the individual bars in saran wrap and store them all in a large ziploc bag or other freezer safe container!

To thaw, move however many Peanut Butter Bars you would like from the freezer back into the fridge a day ahead. However, some people even enjoy eating them frozen like a frozen treat! So try a bite of one frozen to see if you like them served that way too!

A chocolate peanut butter bar with a bite taken out of it, stacked on top of more chocolate peanut butter bars.

These No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars are one of our favorite easy treats for the holidays or really any time of year. I just happen to always make a big batch around Christmas to share whenever we have guests or family drop by.

I am excited for you to try these and let me know what you think of the recipe! In case you didn’t know, you can now load a photo below in the comments to share how your recipes come out. I’d love to see your creations!

Looking for more easy no bake recipes? Check out these other reader favorites: the best Banana Pudding, Chocolate Eclair Cake, easy Frozen Key Lime Pie and Pumpkin Icebox Cake!

A stacked peanut butter bar with a layer of chocolate on top and a bite taken out of it.
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No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

If you love chocolate covered peanut butter cups, you have to try these No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars! These rich, thick peanut butter bars are an easy dessert recipe for when you're craving something sweet.
Prep Time10 minutes
Additional Time2 hours
Total Time2 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

Peanut Butter Layer:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 ½ cups creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs, approximately 10 to 12 graham crackers
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Chocolate Topping:

  • cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup chocolate chips, semi-sweet or milk chocolate

Instructions 

  • Butter the bottom and sides of a 9×13 baking pan. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together melted butter, peanut butter, graham cracker crumbs and powdered sugar until smooth and creamy. Press mixture into prepared pan.
  • In a microwave safe bowl, combine peanut butter and chocolate chips and heat for 30 seconds, stir and continue heating 10 seconds at a time until the chips are melted. Stir until completely smooth.
  • Spread chocolate mixture evenly over peanut butter bars. Chill in refrigerator at least 2 hours or until firm.
  • Remove from refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature before cutting (otherwise they can be very difficult to slice).
  • Serve room temperature or chilled, I prefer them best chilled!
  • Store bars in the refrigerator, in airtight container, for up to 1 week.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 bar, Calories: 316kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Trans Fat: 0.3g, Cholesterol: 21mg, Sodium: 147mg, Potassium: 168mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 18g, Vitamin A: 246IU, Calcium: 25mg, Iron: 1mg

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These were so good but the bar did not firm (very soft) up but the chocolate top did?

YOUR fudge is just delicious thank you

These were really good! They’re like peanut butter cups. Mine for some reason turned out to be more like fudge than your pictures even the chocolate didn’t look like smooth chocolate. It all blended in together

I have had something called Hemp Bars from a local bakery. They are similar, but flatter. I think I would try replacing some of the graham cracker crumbs with flaxseed meal or ground hemp seed for added protein.

Can these be made into balls? Thank you

Can these be made using boxed Graham crumbs as opposed to whole graham crackers crushed and if so, is the measurement the same?

So so good frozen I used sugar free choc.Chips and swerve powered sugar Thanks They were great

They look sinful and can’t wait to make this recipe
Especially no oven needed

Thanks for posting this. I am excited to try it. How much of the peanut butter is used in Step 2 versus Step 3?

Thanks jussica

Do u have a recipe for sugar free NO BAKE CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER BARS (my momma is diabetic)

What are the exact measurements of the ingredients

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