No Bake Dessert: Peanut Butter Bars

No Bake Dessert - Peanut Butter Bars from AmandasCookin.com @amandaformaro

No bake desserts are always a big hit around here. Especially when we are in a hurry or need something quick, like when your teenager says they signed you up for a dessert that they need that day! Ahem. Peanut butter bars are always popular with everyone, especially my kids. So when you combine peanut butter and chocolate and it’s a no bake dessert, you definitely have a winner!

This recipe uses semi sweet chocolate for the topping. If you want it a big sweeter, and closer to the flavor of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, simply substitute milk chocolate for the semi sweet. I prefer to use baking chocolate, but you can certainly use chocolate chips instead.

No Bake Dessert - Peanut Butter Bars from AmandasCookin.com @amandaformaro

These are so easy to make and believe it or not, they’ll be cut into squares and ready to be eaten in 30 minutes or less! Great for unexpected company or that last minute teen request. Chances are you have most of these ingredients in your pantry, if not all of them!

Do these taste like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups? Yes, however, as I mentioned before, Reese’s uses a milk chocolate, this recipe uses semi-sweet chocolate. They are pretty addicting, so watch out. Save some for yourself, but send the rest packing, or if you like, freeze small batches of them for later.

No Bake Dessert - Peanut Butter Bars from AmandasCookin.com @amandaformaro

Do you have any favorite no bake desserts? Care to share? With spring and summer on the horizon, and hot weather arriving soon, baking is not as welcome in the kitchen as it is in the cooler months. So I am all ears and would love to hear your ideas and recipes! Here are a few more that I found that you may like.

More – No Bake Desserts

Chocolate Mousse
No Bake Cheesecake Dessert Shots – Madigan Made
Strawberry and Blueberry Trifle – Big Bear’s Wife
Chocolate Caramel Chews – Baking and Boys

No Bake Dessert: Peanut Butter Bars

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

No Bake Dessert: Peanut Butter Bars


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups animal cracker crumbs (or vanilla wafers, graham crackers, etc)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • Topping
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 10 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped


  1. In a mixer or a food processor, combine the first four ingredients until smooth. Spread into a 13x9 baking pan.
  2. For the topping, melt the chocolate and peanut butter together in the microwave for 1 minute. Stir. If not completely melted you can heat in 10 second intervals until smooth. Spread over the top of the peanut butter layer.
  3. Chill dessert in the refrigerator for about an hour, or in the freezer for 15 minutes. Cut into bars and serve.

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18 Responses to No Bake Dessert: Peanut Butter Bars

  1. 1
    Deborah says:

    I love no bake anything, and these look fabulous!

  2. 2

    It’s already hitting 80 degree highs here (with lows in the high 60s) so I’ll be veering off to no-bake desserts more often.

  3. 3

    Peanut butter, chocolate, and no baking. I’d say that’s pretty darned close to the perfect recipe, Amanda! Another thing that’s great for hot weather is icebox cakes. No baking required, just layering up yummy ingredients. I have one coming up on my blog soon.

  4. 4

    These were a family favorite growing up, especially in the summer when my mom didn’t want to turn on the oven!

  5. 5
    Julie says:

    These are so much easier to make than Buckeyes candy and just as yummy! Another great substitute to the animal cracker crumbs is crushed rice crispie cereal!

  6. 6

    These look so good and I love how simple they sound to make!

  7. 7
    Katrina says:

    Thanks again for the link love. I love that you used animal crackers in these. An old roommate of mine has wanted me to make these and put them on my blog for years and I never have. Maybe I’ll surprise her and finally do it. Your recipe looks the same. Freezer treats are the best (or giving stuff away, definitely).

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    In the fridge setting up now! Can’t wait to serve these to my family for desert tonight. I have no doubt they’ll be anything short of spectacular after having licked all my spoons clean! lol
    Thanks so much!

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