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No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars dessert

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars are a rich and decadent dessert that taste just like a giant Reece's Peanut Butter Cup! This is a layered bar dessert that requires no baking, just some melting in the microwave. This is a great dessert for parties and potlucks too. Who doesn't love chocolate and peanut butter? 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 20 mins
Servings 25 servings
Calories 233

Ingredients

PEANUT BUTTER LAYER:

  • ¾ cup butter (1 ½ sticks)
  • 1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter (chunky or smooth, I recommend no stir/no added sugar)

CHOCOLATE LAYER:

  • 9 ounces chocolate chips (about 1 ½ cups )
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons butter

Instructions

  • Line a 9 inch square pan with parchment.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter, crumbs, sugar, and peanut butter. Spread into flat layer in prepared pan and chill for one hour.
  • Once the peanut butter layer has been chilled, you can make the chocolate topping. Melt chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter either in a double boiler or in the microwave at 50% power in one minute increments until smooth. Spread over chilled peanut butter layer. Chill in refrigerator at least one hour before slicing.  If it is not cold, the peanut butter layer will be soft.
  • To cut, dessert out of pan using parchment and set on cutting board. Use a sharp chef's knife to cut into 25 squares. Keep chilled as the peanut butter layer will be soft if brought to room temperature. I even recommend keeping them frozen until serving, especially on hot summer days.

Notes

Can be frozen.

Nutrition

Calories: 233kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 157mg | Potassium: 89mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 235IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 0.6mg