Peanut Butter Cup Bars

Easter just isn’t Easter without a giant peanut butter cup egg in your basket. Those creamy peanut butter and rich milk chocolate eggs were always the best part of the Easter basket. This weekend as I walked past all of the delicious Easter candy at the grocery store I was tempted again by those peanut butter eggs, but I wanted to make them myself! These five ingredient no bake bars couldn’t be easier to make-No baking necessary! :) This year make these delicious homemade peanut butter bars for your Easter baskets.

Peanut Butter Cup Bars

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Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1¾ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
Directions:
  1. Butter the bottom and sides of a  8×8-inch square pan. Put a long piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan, letting the parchment extend up two sides of the pan and overhang slightly on both ends. (This will make it easy to remove the bars from the pan after they have baked.) Butter the parchment.
  2. Melt ½ cup of butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Once melted, remove from heat and stir in the powdered sugar until smooth. Stir in the peanut butter and graham cracker crumbs until completely combined and smooth. Spread the peanut butter mixture into the prepared pan and smooth the top.
  3. In the now-empty saucepan, melt the ¼ cup unsalted butter. Add the chocolate and stir until almost completely melted. Remove from heat and continue stirring until completely melted and smooth. Pour the melted chocolate over the peanut butter layer and smooth into an even layer.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to set. Remove from the pan using the parchment overhangs and place on a cutting board. Use a pizza cutter to slice into 16 bars. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Source: Brown Eyed Baker

24 Responses to “Peanut Butter Cup Bars”

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — April 18, 2011 @ 8:33 am

    I just love peanut butter cup anything! Your bars look great:-)

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    freshandfoodie — April 18, 2011 @ 10:32 am

    I love these because they’re so easy to make, but everyone goes bonkers over them. One of my favorite recipes. Yum!

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    Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 — April 18, 2011 @ 10:44 am

    I was just going to ask how you got them cut so perfectly and then I saw that you said to cut them with a pizza cutter. Genius!

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    katshealthcorner — April 18, 2011 @ 11:01 am

    PEANUT BUTTER CUP!!!! YUM!

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    Maris (In Good Taste) — April 18, 2011 @ 11:43 am

    I wish I could take a bite out of the picture!! They look sooo good!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — April 18, 2011 @ 11:54 am

    These look so wonderful! I could definitely go for one for breakfast right about now, ha! Thanks for sharing this yummy and simple recipe.

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    Michelle — April 18, 2011 @ 4:02 pm

    Oh my gosh, these look amazing! I can never get enough of the peanut butter chocolate combo :-)

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    Jenny — April 18, 2011 @ 5:22 pm

    Ah I wish I had those at my house :D

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    happywhennothungry — April 18, 2011 @ 6:42 pm

    I love peanut butter Easter eggs! These look amazing. Anything with peanut butter and chocolate is fabulous. Thanks for sharing!

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    Deanna — April 18, 2011 @ 7:02 pm

    They look and sound delicious! Could you use granulated sugar instead of powdered sugar?

    • Christina replied: — April 24th, 2011 @ 11:53 pm

      Hmmm…I have never tried to substitute granulated sugar for the powdered sugar before. That being said, if you cannot find powered sugar you can try substituting it by combining 1 cup granulated sugar and 1 tablespoon cornstarch in a blender at high speed until light and smooth. If you try this recipe using the granulated sugar, let me know…I would love to hear how they turn out! :)

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    Debra — April 18, 2011 @ 7:50 pm

    Hi there is a reference to baking but these appear to not involve any baking.

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    Junia @ Mis Pensamientos — April 18, 2011 @ 10:59 pm

    ahhh delicious!!! :D :D i was craving pb today actually…

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    wee eats — April 18, 2011 @ 11:02 pm

    in ohio we call these “buckeye bars”… they are pretty much my favorite thing in the whole world…

    • Christina replied: — April 19th, 2011 @ 10:19 pm

      Yes! Buckeye bars! I am a transplanted buckeye living in Indiana! :) My husband and I are HUGE Ohio State fans!

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    Sara — April 19, 2011 @ 12:26 am

    I’ve made these – aren’t they addicting? They’re dangerously easy!

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    Lucie — April 19, 2011 @ 2:34 am

    These would also be great to make with kids–or wrap them up and hide them in the garden during the easter egg hunt!

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    Kristen@PrettySweet — April 22, 2011 @ 9:16 am

    Besides making your tacos last night, I also made these. =) My husband, friend, and I all loved them!! Definitely adding this to my repertoire…it was one of the easiest yet most delicious desserts I’ve ever made. That’s exciting! =)

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    Heavenly Housewife — April 22, 2011 @ 12:22 pm

    Oh these are completely scrumptious! Of course this will have to go into my bookmarks now!
    *kisses* HH

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    Eric B, — May 21, 2011 @ 9:08 pm

    These were AWESOME and easy! Tasted like homemade Reeses PB cups. I made these today with my 3 yr old son. To make it easier just melt the butter in the microwave in whatever micro safe dish your going to end up putting the bars in the fridge with so that you dont have to bother spreading them anywhere. I also meleted the chips in the micro and didnt bother with buttering the plastic container I used and it didnt stick.

    • Christina replied: — May 24th, 2011 @ 3:11 pm

      A bit too easy, right?! ;) I am so glad that you enjoyed them! :D

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    Victoria — June 16, 2011 @ 8:04 pm

    These were so yummy, my neighbor who is on temporary disablity wanted something sweet so i made her these, she has just requested another batch of those “OMG!! Things”

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    anna — June 26, 2011 @ 9:53 pm

    Hi,
    Did you use natural peanut butter for this recipe? These look so good and I only have natural unsalted/unsweetened peanut butter. I saw this on foodgawker.

    • Christina replied: — July 2nd, 2011 @ 4:58 pm

      I used regular Jiff peanut butter for this recipe and it turned out great. I have not tried using natural peanut butter for this recipe, however, I would assume that the only difference you might notice in this recipe is a slight difference in taste and maybe texture. You can remedy the difference in taste by adding salt to the recipe. As for the texture, natural peanut butter is thinner at room temperature. GIve them a try and let me know how they turn out for you! :D

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