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Easy no bake peanut bars loaded with Reese’s Pieces and topped with a milk chocolate peanut butter topping! These are a cinch to make and a total crowd pleaser!
If you are new to baking, or maybe it’s too hot to turn the oven on, then this dessert is for you. I love the simplicity of no bake treats, but also the sheer fact of I kept to keep the oven off. For these bars you get to use your microwave and food processor to get the job done.
So let’s talk about these bars shall we? I wanted something simple and a total crowd pleaser. And what crowd doesn’t love peanut butter and chocolate? I knew these bars would be a huge hit. And I was totally right.
These bars really hit the whole peanut butter thing out of the park. I decided peanut butter wasn’t enough I wanted to add Reese’s Pieces. I seriously love Reese’s Pieces. Anytime I go to the movies, I have to have to have to get a box of these little candies. I’m kind of obsessed. I love the little crunch it gives to the bars too. And when sprinkled on top- SO. DARN. PRETTY.
These bars are so simple too. Only 5 ingredients in the peanut butter layer! Shut the front door. Yup
- Graham crackers
- Powdered sugar
- Peanut butter
- Reese’s Pieces
That’s it! You just need to melt the butter, turn your graham crackers into crumbs using your food processor, and combine those two ingredients with the powdered sugar and peanut butter. Once all that is combined I then stir in the Reese’s pieces. That whole mixture gets pressed into a pan. I made two batches of these bars. One in an 8×8 pan, and one batch in a 9×9 pan. With the 9×9 pan you get a few more bars, but you get get thicker bars with the 8×8 pan. So choose wisely, my friend 😉
Once the mixture has been pressed into the pan of your choice, then you get to send these bars over the edge with a chocolate and peanut butter topping. I chose to use milk chocolate chips because I wanted to stick with that classic milk chocolate and peanut butter cup combo. You could totally use semi-sweet chocolate chips if that is what you have on hand. Or white chocolate. Ooh, now that could be fun. Might have to try making those next.
You need to simply melt your chocolate chips in the microwave in 30-second intervals in the microwave. Be sure to stir in between each addition. Once melted, stir in your peanut butter. Then simply spread this mixture on top of your bars. I then sprinkled more Reese’s pieces on top. If you are a total baking nerd myself, you can nerd out on this chocolate candy dipping post I recently wrote.
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No Bake Reese's Peanut Butter Bars
- 1/2 cup 115g salted butter, melted*
- 1 cup graham cracker crumbs about 8 full sheets
- 1 cup 120g confectioners' (powdered) sugar
- 3/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons 215g creamy peanut butter (not natural style)
- 1 cup 180g milk chocolate chips
- 1 cup Reese's Pieces plus more for topping
- 1. Line a 8x8 or 9x9 square baking pan with aluminum foil. Set aside.
- 2. In a medium bowl, mix the melted butter, graham cracker crumbs, and powdered sugar together until combined. Stir in 3/4 cup of peanut butter. Spread into prepared baking pan.
- 3. In a small bowl, microwave 2 Tablespoons of peanut butter with the chocolate chips until melted. Stir until smooth. Spread over peanut butter layer.
- 4. Chill until completely firm, at least 3 hours. Top with additional Reese's pieces. Allow to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes before cutting.
- 5. Bars stay fresh for 5-7 days stored in the refrigerator. Serve chilled. (Setting them out for a few hours at room temperature for serving is OK.) Bars can be frozen up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
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