No Bake Peanut Butter Bars


No Bake Peanut Butter BarsThese No Bake Peanut Butter Bars are quickly put together and just as quickly eaten. These can go on a picnic or serve as dessert for an outdoor dinner. If you love peanut butter cups these are a bigger, better version. These No Bake Peanut Butter Bars fall into the ridiculously easy category and are great for something to do with the kids department.

I will be demonstrating these Thursday, June 2nd on KMOV-TV’s Great Day St. Louis at 9:00 a.m.

Chocolate Crumb CrustCrust Ingredients for the No Bake Peanut Butter Bars1 1/3 cups graham cracker crumbs* (170 grams or 6 ounces)
1/4 cup cocoa (25 grams or 1 scant ounce)
1/2 cup unsifted powdered sugar (55 grams or 2 ounces)
1 stick unsalted butter, melted (114 grams or 4 ounces)

*Buy them in crumbs or run crackers through food processor

Combine the crumbs, cocoa and powdered sugar in a bowl. Crust ingredients for the No Bake Peanut Butter BarsMix very well. Crust ingredients mixed for the No Bake Peanut Butter BarsPour butter over Butter over dry ingredients for the crust of the No Peanut Butter Barsand mix with a fork until completely combined.Finished crust for the No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

Line an 8×8 inch pan with parchment papert. Press the crumbs into the bottom of the shell. Set aside.Crust in the pan for the No Bake Peanut Butter BarsCrust being pressed into pan for the No Bake Peanut Butter BarsCrust pressed in for the No Bake Peanut Butter Bars
Peanut Butter Filling
1 1/2 cups cream peanut butter (340 grams or 12 ounces)
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, very, very soft but not runny (114 grams or 4 ounces)
1 pound powdered sugar (454 grams
2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup 40% or heavy cream

Combine all of the ingredients in the bowl of a mixer. Ingredients in mixing bowl for the No Bake Peanut Butter BarsBeat until well combined.  Filling ingredients mixed for No Bake Peanut Butter BarsSpread over the chocolate crust.  Set aside.Spreading filling over the crust for the No Bake Peanut Butter BarsFilling spread over crust for the No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

Chocolate ToppingChocolate ingredients for the top of the No Bake Peanut Butter Bars12 ounces semisweet chocolate (225 grams)
1/4 cup Crisco or like shortening (Do not use butter or oil)

Place in a small bowl and microwave at half power for about 2 minutes. Chocolate melting for the No Bake Peanut Butter BarsStir until smooth. If it won’t smooth out, microwave at half power for 5 to 10 seconds more. Wait for a minute and then stir again.  If using a whisk, be gentle to avoid air bubbles.Chocolate melted for the No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

Pour over the peanut butter filling. Chocolate poured over filling for the No Bake Peanut Butter BarsRotate the pan to evenly cover the filling.  Chill until completely set.Rotating chocolate for the No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

Release by turning upside down on a board.  Use a hair blower set on high to heat the edges of the pan until it drops out.  Remove the paper.  Turn it right side up.

Cut 5 across, 1 1/2″ and three down, 2 2/3 inches. You can also cut these bars in half for smaller treats.  For perfect cuts, run the knife under really hot water, wipe it quickly and melt down through the top layer with steady pressure, then cut straight down.  Re-heat the knife for each cut.  Cutting across for the No Bake Peanut Butter BarsCutting down for the No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

Note: If it is very warm, you may want to refrigerate these if they soften too much.

Yield: 15 bars or 30 half size treats.Cut Peanut Butter Bars

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24 thoughts on “No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

  1. Hillary

    Just made these this weekend. Very rich. The warm knife trick really helped. I am taking them to my family party tonight – will see how people react!

  2. Happy Baking

    I was wondering if the type of peanut butter used made a difference? For example, all natural peanut butter naturally separates. Is that a problem?

    1. hfletcher Post author

      If the peanut butter separates, I would not use it. But I have not made it with anything other than either Jif or Peter Pan.

  3. Deborah

    Hi, Helen, I just found your blog by way of Pat at Back Porch Musings. Your talents are amazing! I will be returning many times. Thank you, and best wishes for continued success.

  4. Cheryl Ann

    Thank you so much Helen. I live in Thompsons Station TN, just outside of Nashville and am always looking for something good to bring to our neighborhood dinners. This will be very popular!

    1. hfletcher Post author

      Hi Cheryl – I love the name of your town. It conjures up thoughts of when trains were king and ran through every big and little city and town. Glad you like the bars – I can’t believe how popular they are.

  5. Jackie

    I only wish you had a print version of this so I didn’t have to type it in order to save it. Sounds great – I’ll be trying it very soon.

    1. hfletcher Post author

      Hi Jackie: There is a print version. Go to the bottom of the recipe – in this case the last photo. There is a print button. Click on that. To remove the images so you don’t have a 20 page recipe – go to the top of that page and it says “remove images”. Click on that and print.

      Hope this helps.

      1. Jackie

        OMG – I can’t believe I missed that. I have a feeling I will be using it to print a lot of your recipes. Thank you for your help. Love seeing you on TV.

        1. hfletcher Post author

          You’re welcome. Don’t feel bad – people miss it. Or the next questions is “How do I get rid of all the pictures”.

        2. hfletcher Post author

          Don’t feel bad Jackie. People miss it. When they get there I often get another text saying, “How do I get rid of the pictures?” Glad you like the blog. Love being on TV!

  6. Alison Wiebe

    I found a recipe for Peanut Butter Bars online last year, and no matter what I did, the topping broke and so did the base. What a mess!
    Looking at your recipe here, I can see why. Both the topping and the base were only melted chocolate. No Graham crumbs, no Crisco. Hah! No wonder it was a fail! Yours look much nicer and I will most certainly be making your version.
    Thank you for all the great baking tips and recipes. You have saved me from disaster a few times now.

    1. hfletcher Post author

      Hi Alison – I am so happy to have been of help. I took saw a version of these on the internet and they had used a thin coat of plain chocolate. Not attractive when cut. Do look at the extended instructions for cutting so you can have perfect bars also.

      1. Alison Wiebe

        I did see that, thanks, and have used that method in the past with others items, but with the hot knife did not work for that recipe from last year. I am positive that this is the recipe that I need.

  7. Mary E Coyle

    Helen, I’ve made these in the past for cookie exchanges. They really are wonderful!

  8. ellen graves

    OH these look soooo good. We have a friend who’d think he was in paradise if we made these for him! And if you make the half size ones you can even feel virtuous (??!) as you eat one. As soon as I have time I’ll try them, I know they’ll be delicious.

  9. Manisha

    It looks delicious!!! Sometimes it is so difficult to believe that something so simple can be so good. I loved the perfectly cut slices.

    1. hfletcher Post author

      Hi Manisha: I agree that sometimes we are deceived into thinking baking has to be difficult to be good. Thank you for mentioning the slices. I went back and expanded on how to get those. Hope all is going well in your part of the world.

      1. Manisha

        Yes Helen all is going very well. We are all set for a small holiday to our neighbouring country.

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