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Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

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These No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars offer the delightful essence of Reese’s peanut butter cups. Comprising a tender peanut butter cookie base crowned with peanut butter-infused chocolate, the recipe necessitates only five essential ingredients: cookies, butter, chocolate, peanut butter, and sugar.

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This recipe serves as the perfect go-to indulgence for sudden sweet cravings!

NO BAKE Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars


When it comes to delightful confections, these No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars are undeniably a frequent creation in my kitchen. The ease of their assembly, the absence of baking, and the universal adoration for peanut butter cups make them a staple.

Furthermore, the ingredients required for this treat are almost always at my disposal. Despite not regularly including biscuits in my weekly shopping list, a bit of exploration in the expansive baskets that hold miscellaneous pantry items often yields some form of suitable biscuit – even if it’s a month past its suggested consumption date. But really, who minds? The conservative nature of expiry dates for dry goods is widely acknowledged, isn’t it?

Interestingly, while compiling the images for this post, I recognized that they don’t form a coherent set. This realization stemmed from the fact that these photos were taken on distinct days. I admit, these visuals come from three separate batches – and counting the step-by-step pictures for the recipe video, it’s four days in total. The motivation to finally undertake this task struck me, and I decided it was time to re-publish the Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars recipe along with a video.

Despite the mishmash of photos from multiple instances, the core of this Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars recipe is genuinely invaluable. It was generously shared with me by a reader named Dorothy from Tennessee when I first launched this blog. The beauty of this recipe lies in its simplicity, comprising only five fundamental ingredients: crackers, peanut butter, chocolate, confectioners’ sugar, and butter. And the most remarkable aspect? No baking required. The most challenging part is waiting for the bars to set.

I tend to approach “5-ingredient” recipes cautiously. Often, many recipes labeled as such include store-bought sauces or similar shortcuts. For instance, a “5-ingredient BBQ chicken” recipe might call for a “bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce.” When confronted with such recipes, my immediate thought is, “That’s taking the easy way out!”

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

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These No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars offer the delightful essence of Reese's peanut butter cups. Comprising a tender peanut butter cookie base crowned with peanut butter-infused chocolate, the recipe necessitates only five essential ingredients: cookies, butter, chocolate, peanut butter, and sugar.
prep time
10 mins
cooking time
20 mins
servings
2
total time
30 mins

Equipment

Ingredients

  • BASE

  • 115g / 1/2 cup / 1 US stick melted salted butter (or unsalted butter + 1/4 tsp salt)

  • 1 cup crushed Arnott's Marie crackers (11 crackers) or graham cracker crumbs (8 crackers) (Note 1)

  • 1 cup icing sugar / powdered sugar

  • 3/4 cup peanut butter (smooth)

  • TOPPING

  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips - the melting kind (US: semi sweet) (Note 2)

  • 2 tbsp peanut butter (smooth)

Instructions

1
Begin by greasing and lining an 8" / 20cm square baking dish or pan using parchment paper.
2
Combine the ingredients for the base in a bowl and blend until well mixed. Firmly press this mixture into the prepared pan.
3
For the topping, melt the specified ingredients (I prefer using the microwave, heating in two 30-second intervals). Once melted, pour the mixture over the base, ensuring an even spread. You can opt for a smooth surface or get creative with swirls (refer to the provided photos for visual examples).
4
Allow the dish to set by refrigerating for approximately 1 1/2 hours. Once set, take it out of the refrigerator and let it reach a slightly warmer temperature (enough to ensure tidy cuts on the top). Proceed to cut it into 16 squares, or any desired shape of your preference. For the most enjoyable consumption experience, serve the bars at room temperature.

Notes

Originally published in June 2015, this article has been updated with fresh photographs, text enhancements, and the addition of a recipe video. The recipe itself remains unchanged. Biscuits - If you happen to be in the UK, Digestives prove to be an excellent choice for this particular recipe. However, if you're elsewhere, any other type of plain, crispy sweet biscuit (excluding soft, filled biscuits) should work just as well. The peanut butter serves as the binding agent for the base, granting this recipe greater flexibility compared to, let's say, cheesecake bases. You could even venture into using biscuits like oatmeal or chocolate chip varieties! Transforming these biscuits into crumbs can be achieved either by utilizing a food processor or by placing them in a ziplock bag and employing a rolling pin or a sturdy can to give them a satisfying bash. It's quite the therapeutic endeavor! Chocolate - It's imperative to select chocolate specifically designed for cooking or baking purposes, as opposed to the kind intended for direct consumption. If your store stocks a variety of chocolate chips, opt for the "MELTING" chocolate chips (distinct from those meant to retain their shape in cookies or muffins), as they melt more seamlessly. Whether you opt for milk or dark chocolate is your choice. I typically use regular dark chocolate chips, not the pricey variety with a high cocoa percentage, just the standard dark chocolate chips. Storage - These bars maintain their quality remarkably well, lasting for approximately 5 days when stored in an airtight container. In particularly hot conditions, refrigeration is advisable, but be sure to serve them at room temperature for the best experience. Gluten-Free Alternative: A thoughtful reader shared that she successfully employed 1 1/2 cups of gluten-free pretzels for the base, yielding excellent results. Additionally, a friend of mine substituted gluten-free plain sweet biscuits, readily available from the supermarket, and attested to no noticeable difference in taste or texture. Nutrition per Serving (assuming 16 slices) - Nutritional information for the 5-Ingredient Peanut Butter Slice is as follows: [Insert nutritional details here] Remember, when whipping up these delightful Peanut Butter Bars, you're in for an experience that delights the senses and satisfies cravings in the most scrumptious way!
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