Chocolate-Peanut Butter No-Bake Bars

I felt like making something, but not exactly putting much effort into it. I’d been wanting to make something with chocolate and or peanut butter, since I did the buckeyes, but I wasn’t sure what. Then I remembered I’d printed off a no-bake recipe a long time ago–One of those “I’ll get to it when I have time” recipes. Enter Chocolate-Peanut Butter No-Bake Bars:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEasy, took all of about 15 minutes to put together, and an hour later they were ready for us to munch on!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe top layer is chocolate mixed with peanut butter, which I could’ve eaten on its own. The bottom layer is soft-cookie-dough consistency, which is also good. You could almost pretend it was egg-free cookie dough and make truffles or cookie dough balls or some other treat that needed cookie dough.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI don’t think I’d try and actually bake with it, though.

Chocolate-Peanut Butter No-Bake Bars
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12-24
Ingredients
  • 2 C peanut butter
  • ¾ C (1½ sticks) butter, softened
  • 2 C powdered sugar
  • 3 C graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 C (12-oz. bag) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Non-stick cooking spray
Instructions
  1. Spray a 13 x 9-in. baking pan with cooking spray & set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, and using the paddle attachment, beat 1¼ C peanut butter and butter until creamy. Gradually beat in 1 C powdered sugar. With the mixer on low speed, add in remaining 1 C powdered sugar and the graham cracker crumbs. Stir in ½ C chocolate chips with a wooden spoon.
  3. Press evenly into the prepared baking pan (I found it was easiest to do this with my hands).
  4. Over low heat, melt the remaining ¾ C peanut butter and remaining 1½ C chocolate chips in a small saucepan (you can also use a double boiler or a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water). Stir constantly, until smooth. Spread over graham cracker crust in pan. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until chocolate is firm. Cut into bars. Store in covered container in refrigerator.
Notes
The cook time includes the refrigeration time for the chocolate to set up

I was pleased with them. They’re a little on the crumbly side when it comes to eating, but that’s okay. They taste good, and that’s all that matters! Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas…This was the first year in awhile that I looked forward to Christmas. The bambino has been SO excited for Santa’s visit this year, and it’s been pretty infectious.

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6 thoughts on “Chocolate-Peanut Butter No-Bake Bars

  1. Glad you had a wonderful time, kids are what Christmas is all about. So you haven’t gotten enough sugar?? OmGosh, these do look wonderful though!

    • Actually, while I gorged myself on too many Buckeyes, these have just been lurking in the fridge. I think they’re good, but it’s kind of “out of sight, out of mind.” Had I left them on the counter, they’d probably be gone by now! This was about the only Christmas baking I did…The Buckeyes were just something to do while the reporter from the paper was interviewing me! :)

    • Oh I know–I read your post on the Salted Chocolate PB Pretzel bites…Holy Cow! Those wouldn’t last long in my house!