Want a quick, no bake dessert? This no bake peanut butter bar recipe is a winner! Creamy peanut butter with smooth chocolate on top, cut into small squares make it a temptation you just can’t resist!
Oh my gosh. These no bake peanut butter bars are so good. I mean, I can’t even tell you how good they are. And they are easy. Good and easy. That’s a winner in my book. My family LOVED these no bake peanut butter bars.
This batch of no bake peanut butter bars makes a lot of little squares so I planned on bringing them over to a friend’s house for an after dinner treat, but after I tasted one I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t let them leave my kitchen. These things are — wait for it — better than a Reese’s peanut butter cups. There I said it. #truth
It’s the secret ingredient that makes them special: pretzels.
And, let’s be honest, chocolate.
No Bake Peanut Butter Bars
This is a Trisha Yearwood no bake peanut butter bars recipe and I have to say she is an amazing cook, and these bars are delicious. Have you seen her Food TV show? Yeah, good. I know. So, when I heard she had a new cookbook I had to get a copy. The recipe for her no bake peanut butter bars is on page 211. Skip everything else and go straight to the no bake peanut butter bars – they’re covered in chocolate!
But seriously, there is more greatness in her cookbook: Trisha’s Table. Make note of page 57: Power balls. Trisha says she makes these and “will pack a few in a plastic bag to keep in my purse, so if I get stuck out running errands, I don’t have the temptation to head for the drive-through.”
Made with peanut butter, oats, honey, and a few other ingredients, these are winners. My husband made this recipe and we quickly had to turn around and make another batch because our little family devoured these things. And, she’s right, they are the perfect little snack. I took several to work as a mid afternoon pick me up. And we sent them to school for the kid’s daily snack.
She’s got non-peanut butter recipes too. OK, there’s a recipe called Tofu Ricotta Lasagna that’s calling my name. Normally I would pass on a recipe like this, but I saw an episode of her show where her husband (you, know, Garth Brooks) said this is his favorite lasagna. Sold! So, I have to make this one.
There is one more peanut butter recipe – peanut butter pasta. Angel hair pasta with warm peanut butter and sweet chili sauce. Sounds divine.
But, for now, we’re sticking with the winner – no bake peanut butter bars.
No Bake Peanut Butter Bar Ingredients
You’ll need just a few ingredients for this easy recipe:
- pretzel sticks
- chocolate chips
- peanut butter
- powdered sugar
Just a few ingredients are needed for this sweet recipe.
Start by putting the pretzels in a food processor. If you don’t have one, you can put them in a zip top bag and use a rolling pin to hammer them into small pieces.
Melt the butter and mix with the crushed pretzels, powdered sugar, and peanut butter.
Just use one bowl and stir to combine. This recipe is so easy you can’t mix by hand.
Once the mixture is combined, it will look like this. Should be a consistent color.
Spray a square baking pan and put the dough mixture into the pan. Use your hands or the back of a large spoon to spread it and pat it down so it’s even across the bottom of the pan.
And, here’s another little surprise for these no bake CHOCOLATE peanut butter bars … the chocolate has peanut butter in it! Put the rest of the peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl along with the chocolate chips.
Melt in the microwave in intervals of 30 seconds, stirring after each 30 seconds.
Put chocolate mixture onto the peanut butter dough and spread out evenly. Put into the refrigerator for 30 minutes to set.
When you remove the pan from the refrigerator, you can cut the peanut butter bars into squares. You can make these as large or as small as you want. The temptation might be to make them large, but these things pack a punch of rich peanut butter and chocolate flavor so a small piece goes a long way!
Don’t they look delightful?
You may just need a glass of fresh, cold milk to go along with these.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made these since the first time. They are a huge family favorite in our house!
And are always gone in minutes.
No Bake Peanut Butter Bars
These no bake peanut butter bars are adapted from Trisha Yearwood's amazing cookbook. They are simply divine!
- 2 cups thin pretzel sticks the small ones
- 1-1/2 sticks butter melted
- 1-1/2 cups confectioners sugar
- 1-1/4 cups peanut butter smooth
- 1-1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
In food processor pulse pretzel sticks until they are fine crumbs (or place in bag and smash them with a utensil)
In medium bowl, mix together the pretzel crumbs, melted butter, confectioners' sugar, and 1 cups of the peanut butter
Press peanut butter mixture into bottom of an ungreased 9x9 pan
Melt remaining peanut butter and chocolate chips together in the microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in between
When the chocolate mixture is smooth, pour over top of the peanut mixture in the pan
Refrigerate for 30 minutes, then cut into squares and devour!
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