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Reese’s Peanut Butter Bars

November 18, 2013Teresa

Reese’s Peanut Butter Bars are fabulous. Okay, so you love eating Reese’s cups, right? Are you ready to drool? You will over these fantastic dessert bars. Chocolate, peanut butter, sugar. What’s not to love about all of those ingredients? 🙂 Now you can make delicious tasting Reese’s cups in your own kitchen with this amazing recipe. Not only that, it’s E-A-S-Y! The peanut butter layer is made with graham cracker crumbs, peanut butter, powdered sugar and butter. The top layer is simply chocolate chips and butter. You will love this fabulous 5-ingredient recipe!

Back in December 1989 we were living in Florida. Our children were little and it was about a month or two before we moved to New England in January of 1990. I was at a friend’s house for a last luncheon get-together before we moved away. Bonnie always made the greatest stuff. While there, I copied out several of her recipes.

Some of those recipes came from a church cookbook she had from when she and Ray were first married back in Louisville, KY. I loved the cookbook so I ordered a copy of my own. Right before moving I made up a batch of these delicious treats from that cookbook. The person who submitted the recipe called them “Dandy Do-Little’s” because there’s so little work involved. But really, these are more aptly named Reese’s Peanut Butter Bars because they taste just like the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups you buy commercially. I’ve seen this recipe all over the Internet but I have no idea who genuinely created the recipe.

If you enjoy Reese’s peanut butter chips, cups, or candies you may also enjoy my reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Surprise Brownies, Reese’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars, Reese’s Peanut Butter Candy Chocolate Cookies, Reese Cup Brownies, or Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Surprises. All of them have wonderful chocolatey and peanutty flavors that are quite spectacular.

I’ve made this recipe several times over the years, and they are certainly a fantastic holiday treat because you can whip them up so quickly and easily. I’ve found it is easier to cut these bars if they’re frozen slightly or refrigerated for several hours first so they set up a little better. If you’re looking for a great dessert to wow your holiday guests, please put this recipe on your menu immediately! You, and they, will be salivating until these are ready to be consumed.

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Reese’s Peanut Butter Bars are rich, decadent and divine!

Reese's Peanut Butter Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this spectacular #dessert is rich, decadent & divine! It uses only 5 ingredients. It's a fantastic #copycat #recipe for #ReesesPeanutButterCups. No kidding! Perfect for #tailgating parties & potlucks, or #holidays like #MemorialDay or #FathersDay. #cookie #chocolate #brownie #ChocolateDessert #PeanutButterDessert #ReesesPeanutButterBars

If you take a plate of these scrumptious jewels to your office holiday parties I guarantee you won’t come home with any!

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Reese’s Peanut Butter Bars are so quick and easy to make up. They make great holiday treats. I love that fact that this is a no-bake recipe.

Here’s what I did.

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In a large mixing bowl measure out graham cracker crumbs.

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Add melted butter.

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Add peanut butter and powdered sugar and stir well to combine.

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Grease or spray the bottom of a 9×13″ glass baking dish and spread peanut butter mixture into the pan.

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Press down well with your hands to make the bottom layer.

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Melt a bag of chocolate chips and a stick of butter over low heat until completely melted.

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Whisk until smooth.

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Spread chocolate mixture over top of the peanut butter mixture. Refrigerate several hours before cutting. You can also freeze for an hour or so the bars set up for cutting more easily and quickly.

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Here’s another close up of Reese’s Peanut Butter Bars. This 5-ingredient recipe is a keeper!

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If you enjoy Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups you will adore Reese’s Peanut Butter Bars! While you do have to wait to cut into the bars, the recipe itself only takes 10 minutes to make. That’s E-A-S-Y!

Here’s the recipe.

REESE’S PEANUT BUTTER BARS

(Recipe adapted from Bonnie Rodriguez via Best Cooks Cookbook, Highview Baptist Church, Louisville, KY. Recipe referred to as Dandy Do-Little Bars)

Print Recipe
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Delicious no-bake bar that tastes just like eating Reese's Peanut Butter Cups! Quick and easy, too.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
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Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Reese's Peanut Butter Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this spectacular #dessert is rich, decadent & divine! It uses only 5 ingredients. It's a fantastic #copycat #recipe for #ReesesPeanutButterCups. No kidding! Perfect for #tailgating parties & potlucks, or #holidays like #MemorialDay or #FathersDay. #cookie #chocolate #brownie #ChocolateDessert #PeanutButterDessert #ReesesPeanutButterBars
Instructions
  1. Mix crushed graham crackers, peanut butter, sugar and 2 sticks melted butter.
  2. Press firmly into a 9x13” greased glass casserole dish.
  3. Melt chocolate chips and remaining butter over low heat on stovetop.
  4. Spread on top of peanut butter mixture.
  5. Refrigerate several hours before cutting.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: These taste like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

 

Reese’s Peanut Butter Bars
 
Recipe Type: Cookies, Brownies and Bars/Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Teresa Ambra from Bonnie Rodriguez; source: adapted from Best Cooks Cookbook, Highview Baptist Church, Louisville, KY, circa 1980s
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 24
Delicious no-bake bar that tastes just like eating Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups! Quick and easy, too.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups crushed graham crackers
  • 1 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 sticks melted unsalted butter
  • 12-oz.pkg. chocolate chips
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
Instructions
  1. Mix crushed graham crackers, peanut butter, sugar and 2 sticks melted butter.
  2. Press into a 9×13” greased glass casserole dish.
  3. Melt chocolate chips and remaining butter over low heat on stovetop.
  4. Spread on top of peanut butter mixture.
  5. Refrigerate several hours before cutting.
 
Notes
[b]NOTE:[/b] These taste like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
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Reese’s Peanut Butter Bars are great dessert bars to take to baby showers, tailgating parties, or to give away to friends and family. 

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Reese’s Peanut Butter Bars will satisfy any sweet tooth or chocolate cravings you have.

Reese's Peanut Butter Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this spectacular #dessert is rich, decadent & divine! It uses only 5 ingredients. It's a fantastic #copycat #recipe for #ReesesPeanutButterCups. No kidding! Perfect for #tailgating parties & potlucks, or #holidays like #MemorialDay or #FathersDay. #cookie #chocolate #brownie #ChocolateDessert #PeanutButterDessert #ReesesPeanutButterBars

Consider making these spectacular no-bake bars for holidays like Memorial Day or Father’s Day this year. Refrigerate leftovers–if you have any!

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Print Recipe
Reese's Peanut Butter Bars BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list Yum
Delicious no-bake bar that tastes just like eating Reese's Peanut Butter Cups! Quick and easy, too.
Reese's Peanut Butter Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this spectacular #dessert is rich, decadent & divine! It uses only 5 ingredients. It's a fantastic #copycat #recipe for #ReesesPeanutButterCups. No kidding! Perfect for #tailgating parties & potlucks, or #holidays like #MemorialDay or #FathersDay. #cookie #chocolate #brownie #ChocolateDessert #PeanutButterDessert #ReesesPeanutButterBars
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Reese's Peanut Butter Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this spectacular #dessert is rich, decadent & divine! It uses only 5 ingredients. It's a fantastic #copycat #recipe for #ReesesPeanutButterCups. No kidding! Perfect for #tailgating parties & potlucks, or #holidays like #MemorialDay or #FathersDay. #cookie #chocolate #brownie #ChocolateDessert #PeanutButterDessert #ReesesPeanutButterBars
Instructions
  1. Mix crushed graham crackers, peanut butter, sugar and 2 sticks melted butter.
  2. Press firmly into a 9x13” greased glass casserole dish.
  3. Melt chocolate chips and remaining butter over low heat on stovetop.
  4. Spread on top of peanut butter mixture.
  5. Refrigerate several hours before cutting.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: These taste like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

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