These little bars have a special place in my heart. A few weeks after I had my newest baby, Bella, my older sister Wendy and her family came up to visit. Wendy had mentioned that my 12-year-old nephew, William, was really good at making no-bake Reese’s bars, so I happily supplied the ingredients and watched him do his magic. A few minutes later (we were too impatient to wait the whole hour that was recommended) his bars were plated for us to enjoy. We moved the party downstairs and all settled in to watch a movie on my awesome family room furniture at the time: camping chairs and a blow-up air mattress.
And for the rest of the movie I had to try to not devour the entire plate on my own.
These no bake chocolate peanut butter bars are so rich and delicious. They remind me of a large reese’s peanut butter cup, but even yummier.
I have since requested that my nephew William make this dessert for us at all future family gatherings.
Yes, they are THAT yummy!
These bars have quickly turned into my go-to dessert when I need something fast and yummy! It is also a great way to include kids in the kitchen (even toddlers!) since it doesn’t require use at the stove-top or oven.
If you like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups you will love these bars!
- 1 Cup - Melted Butter
- 2 Cups - Graham Cracker Crumbs (~ 2 packages of graham crackers)
- 2 Cups - Powdered Sugar (Confectioner's Sugar)
- 1 Cup - Peanut Butter
- 4 Tablespoons - Peanut Butter
- 1 1/2 Cups - Semisweet Chocolate Chips
- In a medium bowl, mix together the melted butter, graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar, and peanut butter until well blended. Press evenly into the bottom of an un-greased 9×13 inch pan. *See note below
- Melt the semisweet chocolate chips and peanut butter in a bowl in the microwave in 30 second increments. Stir with a spoon, and continue to microwave in small increments until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth. Spread over the peanut butter bar layer.
- Refrigerate for at least one hour before cutting into squares.
- *optional: If I need nicely cut squares for my bars I line my 9x13 pan with foil, leaving a 2-inch overhang on the 2 sides of the pan. I mist my foil lightly with olive oil before spreading the peanut butter mixture. Once the bars are set simply lift the bars out with the aluminum foil and cut into squares on a cutting board.
- *If you would prefer you can melt the chocolate topping on the stove top in a double broiler or in a metal pan over boiling water.