No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars

No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars

This week I’ve made it my mission to not turn the oven on at all, and so far, so good. However, Wednesday night was posing a problem since it’s dessert night, and the kids would not let me get away with “just have a popsicle” for one more week.

So I went digging through my food board on Pinterest and followed a few links around until I came across a recipe for No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars.

The thing is, the blog that has these posted didn’t credit where they came from originally, which was AllRecipes (it wasn’t that hard to find, and I knew I’d seen it before). So I’m just going to link to it on AllRecipes and keep my opinions about copying recipes but not crediting to myself 😉

These were really easy to make and I didn’t even have to turn on the stove for any of it. I melted the butter in the microwave, and melted the chocolate and peanut there, too.

No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars

I also didn’t bother with the separate layer of peanut butter, mostly because I didn’t read ahead and mixed it all up with the chocolate chips. It didn’t seem to hurt it, though.

It does need to sit for an hour in the fridge so make sure you give yourself time, and let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes before trying to cut it.

These aren’t as good as other peanut butter bars I’ve had (they’re kind of texture-less), but they’re great for not having to heat up the kitchen!

No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars
adapted from AllRecipes

1 cup butter, melted
2 cups graham cracker crumbs (I used about 15 sheets)
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

In a medium bowl, mix together the butter or margarine, graham cracker crumbs, confectioners’ sugar, and 1 cup peanut butter until well blended. Press evenly into the bottom of an ungreased 9×13 inch pan.

In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips with the peanut butter, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth. Spread over the prepared crust. Refrigerate for at least one hour before cutting into squares.