This classic combination of peanut butter and chocolate is a crowd pleaser and easier to make than you think!
My earliest memory of these Peanut Butter Bars was in elementary school. The cafeteria served it regularly for dessert, and all the kids loved it! We loved it so much that my Mom asked one of the cafeteria staff for the recipe. Mom made it often, and now I also make it often for my family. My kids love these so much that Peanut Butter Bars have even been requested for their birthday instead of a cake! Yes, it’s that good.
You may notice in the photos below that those are not my hands. My son and daughter-in-law recently visited us, and Caden requested that I make Peanut Butter Bars. I asked if he would like the recipe and to learn how to make them, and he was excited to dive right in with me. So, I used that opportunity to shot some pics and finally share this family favorite on the blog.
Peanut Butter Bars Ingredients
How To Make Peanut Butter Bars
Combine graham cracker crumbs and powdered sugar into a large bowl and mix well.
Add peanut butter to graham cracker and powdered sugar mixture.
Melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl or measuring cup.
Pour the butter on top of the peanut butter trying to completely cover it. This will help keep the peanut butter from being overly sticky. Make sure the butter is melted but not too hot so it doesn’t burn your hands.
Mix together with your hands. Get in there and squish all those delicious ingredients together until everything is well combined.
Press into a 9×13 baking dish working all the way to the sides and making the top flat. You don’t have to make it perfectly smooth, because we’re about to cover it with a delicious layer of chocolate!
Melt chocolate according to package directions in microwave.
Pour over top of candy.
Spread evenly and all the way to the edges using an icing spatula or the back of a spoon.
Allow to cool in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or until the chocolate topping is hardened.
Cut into squares and enjoy!
Tips & Tricks
- When melting the butter, don’t get it too hot since you’ll be mixing this with your hands.
- Remove all jewelry before mixing with your hands because it will be difficult to clean all the stickiness out of your rings.
- Be sure to get semi-sweet baking chocolate and not the unsweetened variety.
- Use smooth, creamy peanut butter, not the crunchy kind.
- Make this recipe gluten free by using gluten free graham crackers and crushing them in a food processor.
- Substitute vegan butter or margarine to make dairy-free peanut butter bars.
Peanut Butter Bars
- 1 lb Peanut Butter, creamy
- 14 oz Graham Cracker Crumbs one box
- 1 lb Powdered Sugar
- 2 sticks Butter, melted
- 3 bars Baker's Chocolate, melted
- Mix graham cracker crumbs and powdered sugar well in a large bowl.
- Add peanut butter and melted butter and mix well with clean hands.
- Press into 9×13 baking dish working all the way to the sides and making the top flat.
- Melt chocolate according to package directions in microwave. Pour over top of candy and spread evenly.
- Allow to set in refrigerator for 2 hours or until chocolate has hardened.
- Cut into squares. May be stored in refrigerator up to 2 weeks.