Chocolate Peanut Butter Dessert Bars

These dreamy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars are a delicious no-bake dessert idea! Made with just 5 ingredients, you’ll be whipping up these crunchy dessert bars for every occasion!

A Close-Up Shot of Two Chocolate Peanut Butter Dessert Bars on a Blue-Rimmed Plate

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Dessert Bars

Is there anything better than chocolate and peanut butter? Not in my house there isn’t. I made these this past week when I needed to make a quick dessert. I love no-bake recipes especially in a pinch, the only thing I always forget is that a lot of no-bakes require set time. Not so good with the waiting.
Here’s a recipe that is so good and relatively quick to prepare…just give it a good 2 hours to set, if not you get chocolate peanut butter mushiness, which is ok all by yourself sitting in front of the television with a spoon and a 9×13 (please, no judgment), but to serve to the masses firm squares are much better.
This is a recipe that I adapted from Paula Deen, so you know it’s loaded with butter..but you also know it’s GOOOD. I tweaked a few things just for my own ease.
Enjoy!
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Dessert Bars

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield Yield: 16 1x
  • Category Category: Dessert
  • Method Method: No-Bake
  • Cuisine Cuisine: American

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These dreamy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars are a delicious no-bake dessert idea! Made with just 5 ingredients, you’ll be whipping up these crunchy dessert bars for every occasion!


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar sifted
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Spray a 9×13-inch pan lightly with cooking spray and then wipe it with a paper towel, so you have a very light coating on the pan, but your bars won’t be greasy.
  2. Combine the butter, peanut butter, sugar and graham cracker crumbs in a food processor. Process until the mixture forms a ball. Press into the pan using your hands or a spatula.
  3. Microwave the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe glass dish for 1 minute on high (100%). Stir. If the chocolate has not completely melted, microwave it for 10 seconds more, then stir. Spread evenly over the cookie layer with a spatula. Chill for several hours.
  4. Paula says to let it come to room temp, but after making these several times I have always served them cold and they have been better…again, don’t let them sit out too long because they’ll get too soft to pick up.

Notes:

Recipe adapted from Paula Deen

Keywords:: no bake peanut butter bars, chocolate peanut butter bars, dessert bars

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Sidnie
August 28, 2009 7:57 am

I made these last week! And they were so yummy!!
Thanks for the recipe!

Fahrenheit 350°
June 15, 2009 10:46 pm

Those look perfectly decadent! I must have them!

Melody
June 12, 2009 4:44 pm

I am so glad i found your blog. You are so talented. I'll have to spend some time looking at all the other great stuff you have here. These look awesome by the way!

anudivya
June 10, 2009 1:44 am

These are wonderful… not a fan of peanut butter that much, but I am sure almond or coconut butter would be my next bets.

Bridget
June 9, 2009 2:31 am

No judgment here….that sounds like heaven! 🙂

Snooky doodle
June 8, 2009 8:39 pm

oh please don t tell me these are so easy to make. I love chocolate and peanut butter and I ll end up eating them all 🙂

Ingrid
June 8, 2009 6:23 pm

These are pretty darn good. I've made them before but used almond butter! I do think they'd probably be even tastier with regular PB.
~ingrid

Risa
June 8, 2009 4:41 pm

We are definitely on the same page. Anything chocolate and peanut butter is the best! Sometime in a pinch I will just eat a spoon full of peanut butter with some chocolate chips on it.

Tracy
June 8, 2009 4:32 pm

Mmm, those look great! I wonder if they would still be as tasty with a peanut butter substitute, since I'm allergic. I might have to try it and see! 🙂

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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