Peanut Butter Bars Recipe

What is it about Peanut Butter Bars that make the world just feel right. Since Little Buddy was just a wee one, we’ve been making these peanut butter bars together. He’d sit on the edge of the counter, swinging his feet as we poured all of the ingredients for the peanut butter base into a large mixing bowl to mix it all together.

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His favorite part of making these peanut butter bars has always been to dump the confectioner’s sugar into the bowl, the cloud of white sugar dust bringing out his contagious giggle every single time.

We celebrated his visit to the orthodontist by making these yesterday. You see, we were fully prepared for the orthodontist to reinstall the bottom device at our visit, but Little Buddy must have some major luck.

Over breakfast, he told me that he sure did hope he didn’t have to have the device reinstalled until after his birthday. To which I sympathized for a little bit, but then gave him a motherly version of a dose of reality.

“Honey, that’s over a month and a half away. I wish you didn’t have to go through all this as well, but the result will be so worth it.”

To which I received an eye roll and a sideways grin.

As we walked into the orthodontist’s office, I gave Little Buddy’s hand a tight squeeze and told him it would be over soon enough.

Less than five minutes later, we were walking back out the door to our car. Well, I was walking. Little Buddy was literally floating, skipping, and dancing in one huge combined movement. Walking on air would be a great analogy.

And Little Buddy had gotten his wish. His next appointment was scheduled for the day after his birthday for his bottom quad to be reinstalled.

Lucky duck!

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These peanut butter bars really make anyone feel pretty lucky though. They are so simple and quick to make, but taste like they were super hard to make. That’s why Little Buddy and I have been making them together for so many years. Five ingredients is all it takes to make these babies.

These peanut butter bars are perfect for tailgating, game days, serving on your Halloween dessert table and for gifting and disappear quicker than you would ever imagine! We also love to make them on camping trips in the RV.

But, I remember that my Mama would sometimes make them just to tuck into my Charlie’s Angels lunch box. When I’d open the lid to discover a peanut butter bar inside, I felt like the luckiest girl alive. There’s just something about that whole peanut butter and chocolate combination that’ll do that for you.

Here’s my recipe for Peanut Butter Bars. I know you are going to love them!

 

 

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Peanut Butter Bars Recipe
 
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Peanut Butter Bars are a quick, easy and delicious treat.
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Serves: 20-36 bars
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, melted (2 sticks)
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs (2 sleeves ground to a fine crumb)
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1½ cups peanut butter
Peanut Butter Bar Chocolate Topping
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Combine first four ingredients in a large mixing bowl until well-combined and smooth. Spread evenly into a 9×13 baking dish.
  2. Combine ingredients for the peanut butter bar chocolate topping in a medium glass bowl. Melt in the microwave for 1 minute at a time on 80% power. Remove from the microwave and stir until smooth. Spread on top of the peanut butter bar base and place in the freezer for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove from the freezer and cut into individual bars. The size will depend on the number of bars you’d like to serve (20-36 bars)
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 bar

 

I wonder how he’d do picking lottery numbers.

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About Robyn

A seventh generation Southern wife and mom who loves to share simple, fresh, and scrumptious recipes the whole family will enjoy.

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  1. 1

    Oh yum. My mom always made peanut butter bars at Christmas. I haven’t thought about those in YEARS. Totally brings me back. Thanks Robyn!

  2. 2

    Kiddo is a lucky duck!! And what a way to celebrate, these bars look irresistable :) I’ve started thinking about my christmas cookie box, and I have a funny feeling these will be making an appearence.

  3. 3

    I love your little guy – and you – and this recipe!

  4. 4

    Recipe looks great— and yay for your son on the orthodontist luck!

  5. 5

    Holy moly. I can’t decide what I love most. Is it your photos? (gorgeous) Is it the peanut butter and chocolate combo? Or is it the no bake? I think it’s all three!

  6. 6

    These look so decadent! Love all of that peanut butter, my dear!

  7. 7

    Lucky guy….for his good appointment AND to have a mom who makes these bars! These look INCREDIBLE!!! I’m tempted to stop what I’m supposed to me doing and make these right this second. They are calling me!!!

  8. 8

    Lovable! this is how these sweet treats look to me. Better yet for me, my bf does not like peanut butter, so if I make then I may have to eat them all myself!!!

  9. 9

    Hi Robyn, would you be able to give me a cup measure or weight in grams for the graham cracker crumbs. We don’t have graham crackers here (South Africa) so I would have to substitute another type of biscuit crumb. I’m thinking maybe a digestive. Thanks, Susan

    • 10

      Haha, not to worry!! Just re-read and it says 2 cups!! I just saw 2 sleeves and hit a panic!! :D

    • 11

      @susan I’m also South African and hope you can tell me if you found that the digestives worked nicely ??

    • 12

      Susan and Peta – Per the Wikipedia entry for digestives: In recipes calling for digestive biscuits, it is common to substitute graham crackers in the United States. According to Charles Panati, the original graham cracker is called a “digestive biscuit” in Britain. However, graham crackers are typically a little dryer and more brittle.

    • 13

      I woul also like to know if digestive biscuits worked out. I was thinking of trying tennis biscuits.

  10. 14

    Yay, I’m so glad his orthodontics worked out!! Ugh, I remember those days. These bars are such a treat–the perfect combination. :)

  11. 15

    A classic combination. What a lucky little guy!

  12. 16

    These would be great around a campfire with some toasted mini marshmallows on top! Great recipe!

  13. 17

    Just looking at the picture of these makes me feel better!!!

  14. 18

    I would love a whole tray of these RIGHT NOW. Ah the ortho. We’re in the middle of it right now. Sigh.

  15. 19

    Oh yum! These look delicious and sound SO easy!
    Just pinned it :)

  16. 20

    Peanut butter and chocolate are sheer perfection together. Anybody who says otherwise is probably some kind of commie.

  17. 21

    Wow! These look amazing! I’m a PB fanatic so I know I’ll have to try these :)

  18. 22

    Oh Robyn, these make me swoon. But that’s not hard when it comes to PB and chocolate!

  19. 23

    There’s no better combo than peanut butter and chocolate! Delish!

  20. 24

    We love this recipe!! How do you store these? Frozen, or in the fridge?

    • 25

      I’ve kept them in an airtight container on the counter for a couple of days, in the refrigerator in an airtight container for about a week, and then I’ve frozen them to serve later. So, in other words, it really depends on how quickly you plan on serving them. You could always keep a few out at room temperature and then store the others in the freezer for later. That would be a win-win!

  21. 26

    I can’t wait to try these. I picked up something similar at a bake sale last weekend and have been thinking of them ever since.

  22. 27

    Oh ROBYN…I CAN’T STOP THINKING ABOUT THESE!

  23. 28

    Not a well known snack over here in Australia, but my daughter and I are gonna give these a go tomorrow night.
    Have to figure out what graham crackers are though, as we don’t have those specific ones.
    If they turn out well I’ll let you know what I substitute in their place.

    • 29

      @ Kara, what did you use to substitute the graham crackers? And how did it turned out?

  24. 30

    Do you freeze just the peanut butter base before you add the chocolate to the top? I just made them and with it all being warm and melt it just blended together and looks like a marble cake lol

  25. 32

    I made them! Thanks for the recipe. I “have” to make them again by request, and I do plan on popping the PB mixture into the freezer for a few minutes because last time, the chocolate settled deeper in some places than others. This is really not a problem, obviously. They were fantastic anyway. But I’m going for “pretty,” too, this time!

  26. 33
    Christine says:

    WOW!! I have been eyeing these for a few months (pinned it around x-mas time) and just got around to making them today!! Best thing EVER!!! I can’t wait to share these with friends and family! Thank you for sharing the recipe!!

  27. 34

    I’ve made these 3 times now and they are wonderful! Each time I’ve had issues with
    getting them out of the pan so next time I’ll line the pan with non-stick foil.
    Thanks for the recipe.

    • 35

      That’s a great tip, Trudy! Buttered parchment may be a good option as well. So glad you love these bars. They are a favorite here, too.

  28. 36

    these look AMAZING! Mouth is watering

  29. 37

    I can taste these already! & they look so easy to make!

  30. 38

    These were so good and tastes like the inside of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup! Only suggestion I would make is storing them in the refrigerator and then taking them out a couple minutes before serving. When left out for an hour, mine were a little too soft and harder to eat, but straight from the fridge, they were too hard.

  31. 39

    I’ve made these a few times and they are absolutely delicious. I definitely recommend putting the PB base in the freezer while you melt the chocolate. However, I’ve always had to store them in the fridge. Otherwise they get too gooey. Not sure what I’m doing wrong, but I haven’t been able to serve these at room temperature.

  32. 40
    Lea O'Reilly says:

    Super tasty but when mine get to room temp they are way too soft. I live near the beach so it’s warm & humid. Any suggestions?

  33. 41

    Do you think natural peanut butter would work with this, or do you think conventional peanut butter (e.g skippy, jiff) would have to be used?

    • 42

      Hi Katie,
      I’ve not tried natural peanut butter with this recipe. If you do, let me know how it works. I’m sure others would love to know as well.

  34. 43

    What a great recipe. I just whipped up a batch in no time. For anyone enquiring about graham cracker substitutes, I used digestive biscuits and they worked out well. I agree that these bars taste like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and given that I used my favourite chocolate, Cadbury’s Dairy Milk, I fear that this recipe could now wreak havoc on my waistline!

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