These No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars are thick, dense, and fudge-like. They’re always a family favorite, and you only need five ingredients to make them.
This recipe serves 24 and costs about $7.30 to make. That’s just 31¢ per serving!
Looking for more peanut butter and chocolate recipes? I recommend trying my Peanut Butter Cookie Bars with Dark Chocolate Chunks, my Frozen Reese’s Peanut Butter Pie, or my Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge recipe.
No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
These bars taste like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup but better! They are an easy dessert to make when you want something sweet.
I love making these in the summer when I do not want to heat up the kitchen, but they are delicious any time of the year. Eat these tasty No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars one square at a time or take them to a party to share.
Remembering My Time In Seoul
These Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars bring back memories of living in Seoul, South Korea. I moved to Seoul back in 2006 to spend a year teaching English there. I lived in a tiny 300 square foot apartment where the bathroom was the size of a telephone booth, and the sink doubled as my shower. Who doesn’t love showering next to their toilet, right?
Then there was the kitchen, which consisted of a small fridge, sink, and two gas burners. The bathroom took some getting used to but grew on me after a while. But the kitchen…I loathed that kitchen and missed an oven dearly.
Cooking and baking are ways I like to exercise my artistic abilities, and in Seoul, I seriously struggled! The less than adequate kitchen combined with foreign and unidentified ingredients at the market made for a culinary challenge.
Thank goodness for Costco, though! I went there monthly and stocked up on as many comforts from home as I could carry on the subway.
What a spectacle I must have made: a tall (by Asian standards) blonde schlepping bulk American products like butter, peanut butter, blocks of cheese, cereal, chocolate chips, etc., onto a crowded Seoul subway…awesome.
With my limited American products and a barely functioning kitchen, I needed to come up with a dish to bring to potlucks at church. And so, an old recipe my roommates and I used to make in college was reborn. The best part is that these Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars are no-bake! Woo hoo!
These homemade Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars are always a hit and taste so good! And here is the other great secret about this Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars recipe: it only has five ingredients!
We all love chocolate and peanut butter but put it into layered bars, and it is next-level deliciousness.
INGREDIENTS AND COST
Per Serving Cost: $0.31
Recipe Cost: $7.30
- 2 cups peanut butter $2.82
- 12 Tablespoons butter, softened $1.20
- 2 cups powdered sugar $0.58
- 3 cups graham cracker crumbs $1.98
- 1 ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips $0.72
NOTE: The recipe prices are calculated by using grocery store websites. The actual cost of the recipe will vary depending on what ingredients you already have.
- First, grease a 13×9-inch baking pan then beat 1¼ cups peanut butter and butter in large bowl until creamy.
- Next, slowly beat in powdered sugar.
- Add in graham cracker crumbs.
- Press the mixture into the pan.Then, smooth the top with a spatula.
- Melt the remaining peanut butter and chocolate chips in a saucepan over low heat stirring until smooth.
- Spread the chocolate over the graham cracker and peanut butter mixture in the pan and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
- Slice and serve.
- Instead of graham cracker crumbs, you can crush up digestive crackers. I’ve used those before in this recipe and they’re super yummy!
- Instead of semi-sweet chocolate chips you can use milk chocolate chips.
SERVE: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator before cutting these into bars to serve.
STORE: Store the no-bake chocolate peanut butter bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
FREEZE: Place the bars in a freezer-safe container with layers separated by wax paper or parchment paper. Frozen this way they will keep for about 2 months.
DEFROST: Defrost at room temperature for about 2 hours or overnight in the refrigerator.
- 9×13-inch baking pan
- Stand mixer OR handheld mixer
- Wooden spoon
- Rubber scraper
You can easily melt peanut butter in your microwave. Just heat it in 30-second increments. Then, stir it in between intervals and continue until smooth and melted.
No-Bake Peanut butter Bars are made with two of the best ingredients: peanut butter with chocolate on top! The bottom of these bars is made with a thick layer of a peanut butter mixture. The mixture consists of peanut butter, butter, powdered sugar, and graham cracker crumbs. The top layer is made of a rich and smooth chocolate combo. The combination consists of semi-sweet chocolate chips and more peanut butter!
More Chocolate Peanut Butter Desserts
- Best Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Drizzle
- Brownie Bites with Peanut Butter Frosting
- Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups Cheesecake Dip
- Butterfinger Scotcheroos
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes
- Deep Dish Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Pie
- Loaded No Churn Peanut Butter Ice Cream
- Loaded Peanut Butter Cookies
- Peanut Butter Cookie Bars with Dark Chocolate Chunks
- Peanut Butter Cup Crunch Brownies
- Reese’s Rice Krispie Treats
- Peanut Butter Swirl Brownie Recipe
No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
- 2 cups peanut butter divided
- ¾ cups salted butter softened
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 3 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 1 ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Lightly grease a 13 x 9-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
MAKE PEANUT BUTTER LAYER:
- Beat 1 ¼ cups peanut butter and butter until creamy and lightened in color with a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or in a large bowl with a handheld mixer.
- Gradually beat in powdered sugar. Mix in graham cracker crumbs.
- Press the mixture evenly into the prepared pan. Smooth top with a rubber scraper.
MAKE CHOCOLATE LAYER:
- Melt the remaining ¾ cup peanut butter and chocolate chips in a medium, heavy-duty saucepan over the low heat, stirring constantly, until smooth.
- Spread the chocolate over the peanut butter mixture.
CHILL AND FINISH:
- Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until chocolate is firm.
- Cut into bars.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.