Decadent No Bake Peanut Butter Bars










  • 10 tablespoons butter room temperature, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups peanut butter
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or milk chocolate chips


  1. Spray an 8-inch or 9-inch square baking pan with nonstick spray.



  1. Cream 5 tablespoons butter, brown sugar, and powdered sugar until smooth. Stir in peanut butter. Mix well and press into prepared pan.
  2. In a small, microwave-safe bowl, heat chocolate chips and remaining 5 tablespoons butter for 30 seconds. Stir to melt remaiing chunks. If needed microwave more at 15 second intervals. Pour over peanut butter filling and spread evenly.
  3. Chill until completely firm, at least 3 hours or overnight. Let stand 10 minutes at room temperature before serving. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.


  1. Grittiness:Because these are no-bake bars, the brown sugar might not completely dissolve into the peanut butter. Some people like that texture, but if you’re more of a smooth operator, try melting the butter on the stove and adding the brown sugar into the warm butter, stirring to dissolve before adding the powdered sugar and the peanut butter.
  2. Crunchy:Some cooks prefer crunchy peanut butter for the bottom layer, and even chop up peanuts for pressing over the warm chocolate before it sets up.

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