No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

6 Comments
3 minutes
September 30, 2022
Carole Jones
Did you run out of Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs as quickly as we did?  They were definitely the hot item during the traditional “Trading of the Candy” that follows all holidays.  Here was the general exchange rate this year:
 
1 Reese’s Egg = 1 Butterfinger Egg + 2 Mini Twix
1 Mini Twix = 1 Nerds
1 Nerds = 3 Smarties
1 Pop Rocks = 2 Smarties + 2 Nerds
 
Of course, the older children were anxious to trick the younger kids by trading 1 Smartie for 1 Reese’s Egg.  I quickly stomped out trying to take advantage of uninformed traders due to age.  Stinkers.
 
 
No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

So by the time Monday afternoon rolled around, all the coveted Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs had been inhaled.  My 4 year old was especially distraught, so we made these bars together to heal the broken Easter heart.

No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

Yep, they are easy enough for a 4 year old to make.  Plus, they are outstanding.  I like them better than the eggs 🙂

 

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  • Yield: 24 bars 1x

Ingredients

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  • 2 C graham cracker crumbs (about 1 bag + 4 whole crackers ground)
  • 1 C butter
  • 1 C peanut butter
  • 2 C powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 C chocolate chips (semi-sweet for richness, milk for something more mild)
  • 1/4 C peanut butter

Instructions

  1. In a large glass bowl, melt together the butter and peanut butter in the microwave for about 1 1/2 minutes.  Add the graham cracker crumbs, vanilla and powdered sugar.  Mix until combined.  Spread evenly on an ungreased 9 x 13 pan.  You can also use a 9 x 9 pan and have a thicker cookie.
  2. Place the chocolate chips and 1/4 C peanut butter into a small glass bowl and microwave for 1 1/2 minutes.  Use a rubber spatula to combine and mix until the chocolate is melted completely.  Spread evenly over the peanut butter mixture.  Refrigerate for an hour before serving.
  • Author: Carole Jones

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 bar
  • Calories: 286
  • Sugar: 21g
  • Sodium: 110mg
  • Fat: 19g
  • Saturated Fat: 8g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 2g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 29g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 25mg

Carole Jones

Carole Jones is an Arizona-based cookbook author & food blogger. She's authored The 30 Minute Cooking From Frozen Cookbook and the self-published Take 5: Chicken e-cookbook. For the past 15 years, Carole has shared her culinary adventures cooking and baking for her six brutally honest children here on My Kitchen Escapades. Hot, crusty bread is Carole's love language, but her two adorable grandchildren are a close second. Yes, second. Don't judge.

6 comments

Natasha Cocker
11 years ago

Hi, this looks amazing as I love peanut butter cups. I live in Australia-What is a graham cracker? Thanks-Tash

Carole
11 years ago

Natasha – They are sweet crackers that are made from graham flour. More of a cookie really than a cracker. You will have to google it to see what I am talking about and figure out what best substitute you could find in Australia!

Cori George
10 years ago

Where does the vanilla go in this recipe? Am I missing it? 🙂

Carole
10 years ago

Thanks Cori! I was missing it in the recipe directions. All fixed now. I hope you love them as much as we do!

Cori George
10 years ago

I made these for a party the other night, and kept overhearing people saying they were DIVINE. So yummy. I’m making them again tonight! Thanks for the recipe!

Penny
7 years ago

In the U.K. Graham crackers are close to digestive whole meal biscuit……not the chocolate ones

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