Peanut Butter No-Bake Bars

Peanut Butter No-Bake Bars

These bars are perfect for when you’re craving a peanut butter cup, but can’t quite get to them. Inspired by buckeyes, they have that same fudgy-salty-sweet vibe, but with a layer of caramelized flavor from letting the butter turn golden brown after it melted. You can make these treats in just about any size pan, even a mini muffin tin for that true peanut butter cup feel. Cut them into bars or squares with a knife, or use cookie cutters to make cute shapes if you need a project for the kids. Or even the adults, because that sort of thing never gets old.
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  • Serves: 1 person



  1. Step 1

    Make the base: Heat butter in a pot or skillet, letting it melt and bubble and turn brown. It will smell nutty. Add peanut butter, and turn off the heat. (If your nut butter is unsalted, add a pinch of salt.) Stir it all around until the peanut butter melts, then stir in crumbs.
  2. Step 2

    Sweeten the mix to taste with confectioners’ sugar. That could mean 1 cup, but try it as you go.
  3. Step 3

    Spread the mixture into parchment or foil lined 8-by-8-inch pan, but really, any pan will work.
  4. Step 4

    Make the topping: Add chocolate chips and coconut oil to a small pot, and melt the chocolate on the stovetop over low heat, stirring constantly. (Alternatively, add to a microwaveable bowl, and microwave in 20-second bursts, stirring in between each one.)
  5. Step 5

    Spread the melted chocolate over the peanut butter layer. Sprinkle any of the toppings over, and refrigerate until the peanut butter and chocolate layers are set, about 1 hour or so. Cut these into bars or squares with a knife, or use cookie cutters for shapes. (Store in the refrigerator after cutting; they’ll melt in a warm room.)