Every home baker needs this Peanut Butter Bars Recipe for a quick and easy summer dessert!

A sweet peanut butter graham cracker crust is topped with a rich chocolate layer for a super easy dessert that is so delicious. Crunchy, sweet and so good, these bars are the stuff “sweet-treat dreams” are made of. And since it’s a no-bake recipe, it’s perfect for those hot summer days when no one wants to turn the oven on!

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Peanut Butter Bars Recipe


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No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars

  • Everyone loves the combination of peanut butter and chocolate. These uber-chewy bars are melt-in-your-mouth delish.
  • No-bake peanut butter bars are ready in minutes, totally portable, and always a crowd favorite! Make in advance and let them chill all day for easier cutting.
  • Crunchy or creamy? This homemade recipe is perfect for using either! Plus, the peanut butter adds a little protein burst of nutrition!

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Ingredients & Variations

BARS: Make a super simple crust using graham crackers, a little powdered sugar, some butter, and peanut butter to hold everything together. For a crunchier base, use crushed corn flakes, rice crispies, crushed peanut butter, or Oreo cookies.

TOPPING: Semisweet chocolate chips have a milder flavor than dark chocolate, but either will do. Stir in some chopped nuts, toasted coconut, dried fruit, and toffee bits, or add some white or peanut butter chips to the top.

How to Make Peanut Butter Bars

These no-bake bars are the perfect bring-along snack or dessert for that BBQ or potluck.

  1. Combine all of the bar ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Press the mixture into a lined baking dish.
  3. Melt the chocolate and peanut butter in the microwave (as per the recipe below).
  4. Spread the topping over the bar base and refrigerate.
  5. Cut into desired-sized bars and serve.

PRO TIP: When melting peanut butter and chocolate pause every 30 seconds and stir the mixture so it melts evenly. Make sure the bowl and mixing spoon are dry otherwise the mixture will ‘seize’ and become grainy.

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Other Ah-mazing No-Bake Desserts

When it’s too hot to turn on the oven, check out these peanut butter oatmeal bars, mini cheesecake cups, chocolate peanut butter oatmeal cookies, coconut pecan cookies, and butterscotch crunchies

Storage Solutions

It’s best to store peanut butter bars in the refrigerator between layers of parchment paper so they don’t stick together. Freeze them the same way for up to 1 month. Or wrap individually in plastic wrap, then in a zippered bag to freeze for a quick grab and go treat.

Recipe Tips

Always use parchment paper to line the bottom of the dish. Overlap on two ends to use as makeshift pulls to lift the bars out. The colder the better! Slice for serving, storing, or freezing once they are chilled.

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Peanut Butter Bars Recipe

These no bake peanut butter bars are a sweet and chewy treat, perfect for summer time!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Refrigerate 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 16 bars
Author Kathleen



  • ½ cup Butter melted
  • 1 cup Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • ½ cup Creamy Peanut Butter


  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons Semisweet Chocolate Chips
  • 2 tablespoons Peanut Butter



  • Combine all bar ingredients in a medium bowl and mix until evenly incorporated.
  • Press the mixture into a parchment lined 8x8 inch baking dish.


  • Melt the chocolate chips and peanut butter in the microwave.
  • Stir until smooth and spread over the bars.
  • Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.
  • Cut into bars and serve.


  • Line baking pan with parchment paper for easy clean up and easy removal.
  • Slice bars once they are cooled completely.
  • Refrigerate peanut butter bars between layers of parchment paper, or wrap individually in plastic wrap. Bars can be frozen in the same way then stored in a zippered bag for up to 1 month. 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 216kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 124mg | Potassium: 120mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 182IU | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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Kathleen is a recipe developer, passionate home cook and the author of the blog Gonna Want Seconds. She has been married to her best friend for 32 years and has two great kids, two Bernese Mountain Dogs, a Quarter Horse and a little green parrot. She is obsessed with cookbooks, cowboy boots, red wine and vintage costume jewelry. Kathleen’s recipes are all tried and true, tested and tweaked and, most importantly, family and friend approved!
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  1. My mom made these all the time w 6 kids! She called them Choc peanut butter bars!  You could smell them cooking outside!

  2. 5 stars
    The school district I attended and then worked for made these for years.  Until nutritional requirements changed and they had to go. Gold Bars is what we call them.