|These no bake peanut butter bars are topped with a delicious chocolate layer.|
Many chocolate peanut butter bars suffer from a common ailment: They are too gooey, oily, and don't hold together. These peanut butter squares attack the problem head on: a healthy dose of graham cracker crumbs in the peanut butter give them a stable body and a bit of crunch. It's a truly tasty combination.
Another problem common to homemade peanut butter bars is the chocolate topping: it cracks when you cut into it. This recipe, again, has a great solution: a few tablespoons of peanut butter mixed into the chocolate coating make it softer and more pliable at serving time.
Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars Recipe (No-Bake)Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs* see notes
1 cup peanut butter** see notes
1 cup butter, melted
2 3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons peanut butter
- Stir together peanut butter, graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and sugar.
- Press into a 9x13 inch pan.
- Melt chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons peanut butter in a double boiler or microwave, stirring occasionally. (Peanut butter helps keep the chocolate from becoming too brittle later.)
- Once the chocolate is melted, pour it over the peanut butter base. Smooth if needed.
- Chill for a few minutes, then cut into bars before the chocolate is completely set. Refrigerate until chocolate is fully set. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve!
*You can either buy graham crackers in crumb-form (usually found in the baking aisle), or buy the crackers and put them through a food processor yourself. If you decide to process whole graham crackers, you'll need about 16 full rectangular crackers to make 2.5 cups of crumbs.
**I've made this recipe with both smooth and chunky peanut butter in the past. Both work wonderfully. Chunky peanut butter lends a homemade appeal to the dessert. I haven't tried making this with "natural" peanut butter yet, and am not sure how that would affect the final product.
|This easy peanut butter squares recipe uses graham cracker crumbs to provide structure and crunch.|
If you have parchment paper on hand, you can make life easier by lining the 9x13 inch pan with it before adding the peanut butter graham cracker mixture. When you're ready to cut into your slab of peanut butter squares, just lift the whole thing out of the pan and onto your cutting board.
|It's hard to find an easy peanut butter cup recipe that tastes this good!|