No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars

I’m pretty sure this recipe or some version of it has been around for a long time. There’s usually at least a couple of good reasons that a recipe has that kind of staying power. In the case of these bars, it’s not only that they’re delicious, but they are also ridiculously simple to make.

They are touted as tasting like peanut butter cups. The texture is very much like that. But, Quinn and I both thought they had more of a Butterfinger taste. Either way, they’re surprisingly good for the tiny amount of effort involved in making them.

No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars are simple, quick, and delicious. And they're made with just a handful of ingredients! - Bake or Break

You only need a handful of ingredients to create these beauties. And, you probably have those ingredients in your kitchen right now. I so should have timed the process, but I had these made and chilling in about 10 minutes. One bowl, a few measuring cups, and no oven time at all. The hardest part of making these may be waiting on them to chill.

These bars are an ideal quick dessert for chocolate and peanut butter fans. They offer the dessert trifecta – simple, quick, delicious. They’re great for sharing, but don’t be ashamed to stick them in the refrigerator and grab one whenever you need a sweet fix.

No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 24 2-inch bars

No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars


  • 2 & 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 & 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt, optional*
  • 1 & 1/3 cups (8 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips


Lightly grease a 9" x 13" pan.

Combine confectioners' sugar, graham cracker crumbs, peanut butter, and melted butter until well-mixed.

Spread mixture evenly in prepared pan. Place in refrigerator for 10 minutes.

Place chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in microwave at half-power in 30-second intervals until chocolate melts when stirred.

Spread melted chocolate over chilled peanut butter layer. Place the pan in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

After the bars have chilled, let them sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes before cutting into bars.


*I like to add some salt to these. Adjust the amount to your taste, considering how salty your peanut butter is.

Recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour.

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  1. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie February 13, 2014 Reply

    Despite my overpowering love of all things PB+Choc, somehow I have managed to not yet make these or any version of them. Look so good!

  2. Jen,
    I’ve got to try these bars. Pinned.

  3. BUTTERFINGER taste, you say??!!

    oh man. I like the idea of these even MORE now!

  4. YUM. These are going to haunt me until I make them!

  5. JEP February 13, 2014 Reply

    Perfect for sharing on Valentine’s Day!

  6. Hello peanut butter and chocolate bars! These are too easy which means they are too dangerous!

  7. lisa February 13, 2014 Reply

    Jen- I’ve been making these bars for 20 years! They truly are fabulous and so easy. I mix everything up in a Cuisinart which makes it even easier! Everyone always loves them- a perfect go-to bar that takes about 10 minutes!!

  8. Lily (A Rhubarb Rhapsody) February 13, 2014 Reply

    I love it when you see something that looks so delicious, you scroll down and there’s a tiny list of ingredients. Sheer joy. Thanks for sharing such a tempting and easy recipe!

  9. Joanne February 13, 2014 Reply

    A cross between butterfingers and Reese’s…AND it’s no bake?! These are almost too good to be true!

  10. Natalie (Paper & Birch) February 13, 2014 Reply

    Butterfinger? that’s all you needed to say. :) Definitely making these! Pinned :)

  11. Don & Opal Russell February 14, 2014 Reply

    We are making them today! Today is cookie bak day for family G I s. Gotta get them on the mail! Let me sample them too, OK?

  12. Shannon February 16, 2014 Reply

    These look great, and simple. I’ve made a very similar thing before, but with crushed corn flakes instead of graham crackers. I love the idea of graham crackers, though!

  13. Patty February 23, 2014 Reply

    I made these last night & took them to a friend’s house- they were devoured, & I had to email everyone the recipe when I returned home. They taste EXACTLY like a Reese’s peanut butter cup. Absolutely fantastic recipe!

  14. Becky Rendle February 24, 2014 Reply

    Really like the looks of the peanut butter & chocolate bar

  15. CavaCava February 25, 2014 Reply

    This is pretty interesting, a little twist for an all time favorite snack bites.

  16. Susan Christianson May 29, 2014 Reply

    I might suggest trying milk chocolate chips for the frosting instead of semi – sweet. This could depend on your preference for chocolate, however me being not a huge fan of semi – sweet feel this would be a nice alternative. Just a thought. I really enjoyed them otherwise. Thanks for posting the recipe!

  17. lisa September 13, 2014 Reply

    I grew up on these I add a tsp of vanilla to the peanit butter mixture and i put 1/2 c peanut butter in with the chocolate lets them stay creamier. I use semi-sweet, milk, white, and butterscotch sometimes individually sometimes swirled. My personal favorite it the butterscotch

  18. Michell October 6, 2014 Reply

    I was thinking.. maybe just use salted butter (perfect amount of salt for me) then you wouldn’t have to add salt?

  19. Bobbie December 30, 2014 Reply

    Made these only difference I made a chocolate graham cracker crust layer then added the peanut butter layer & then the chocolate chip layer. Added a whole new dimension to the dessert.

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