Peanut Butter Bars

Simple no-bake Peanut Butter Bars with a chocolate topping (made without graham cracker crumbs)!  Be sure to check out the video above the recipe for a quick, easy, tutorial!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 16 bars
Calories 395kcal
Author Sam Merritt


  • 2 cups creamy peanut butter (475g)
  • 10 Tablespoons salted butter softened (140g)
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar tightly packed (25g)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (5ml)
  • 3 1/4 cups powdered sugar (405g)
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, broken into small pieces (or 2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips) (115g)
  • 1 teaspoon shortening


  • Prepare a 9"x9" baking pan by lining with aluminum foil.  Set aside.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat together peanut butter, and butter until smooth and creamy.  
  • Add brown sugar and vanilla extract, stir well.
  • Gradually add powdered sugar, stirring until completely combined.
  • Spread peanut butter filling into prepared pan.  To make the surface smooth and even, I like to first spread with the a spoon or spatula, and then lay a piece of wax paper over the filling and use my hands to smooth it out (see video above recipe for visual).
  • Place pan in refrigerator while you prepare your chocolate topping.
  • To prepare chocolate topping, combine chocolate pieces or chocolate chips and shortening in a small microwave-safe bowl.  Microwave for 20 seconds, stir well, and continue to heat on 15-second increments (stirring well between) until chocolate is completely melted and smooth.
  • Remove bars from refrigerator and spread chocolate evenly over the surface.
  • Return to refrigerator and chill at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.
  • Cut and serve.  Keep uneaten bars refrigerated for firmness.


Serving: 1square | Calories: 395kcal