An Easy No-Bake Treat: Christmas Peanut Butter Bars!

 Christmas is a week away . . .are you making your list and checking it twice? I have an easy, no-bake treat you can check off your list that is both naughty and nice! Nice, since they’re so easy to make and naughty, because they too hard to resist!

Raise your hand if you’re a fan of peanut butter and chocolate! This recipe is an oldie but a goodie and perfect for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup lovers. Sprinkles are optional but oh, so festive and a fun to dress up these treats for Christmas or any holiday.

These bars come together in about 10 minutes plus an hour of refrigeration time to allow them to set. . .perfect for gift giving or your sharing with your neighbors and your family to enjoy for the holidays!

No-Bake Christmas Peanut Butter Bars

Makes approximately 24 bars

These bars are rich like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, so you can cut into smaller squares or cut squares into triangles for more servings if desired.

Ingredients

1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)

2 cups graham cracker crumbs, finely crushed

2 cups confectioners’ sugar

1 cup + 4 tablespoons peanut butter

12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Assorted sprinkles, optional

To Make:

Line 13-by-9-inch pan with parchment paper for easy removal of bars.

In medium bowl, mix sugar and graham cracker crumbs; set aside. Melt butter in a saucepan. Stir in 1 cup of peanut butter, heating until smooth and melted. Pour melted peanut butter mixture over sugar mixture mixing well. Press mixture firmly into parchment-lined pan.

Add 4 tablespoons peanut butter to the chocolate chips and melt according to package directions (I used the microwave). Heat and stir until mixture is melted and smooth, being careful not to scorch. Pour over peanut butter layer in pan. Add holiday sprinkles if desired while chocolate is warm. Refrigerate until bars are set, about 1 hour.

When bars are firm and set, lift out of pan by edges of paper and place on cutting board. Cut into bars and serve or package for gifts.

Printable Recipe

I added a few party picks for a festive way to serve them. The addition of the peanut butter to the chocolate chips makes the chocolate layer a little softer and the bars easier to cut, so don’t omit.

I found the party picks by Meri Meri at HomeGoods.

Reindeer Corn Snack Mix is another no-bake treat that’s perfect for last-minute gift giving and holiday snacking. You can whip up a batch in about 20 minutes, almost as fast as you can say “On Dasher, on Dancer, on Prancer and Vixen . . .”!

Merry Christmas to All and to All a Good Bite!

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  21 comments for “An Easy No-Bake Treat: Christmas Peanut Butter Bars!

  1. Lorree
    December 18, 2018 at 10:08 am

    Oooooh, I have everything in the pantry to make those peanut butter bars! I love it when a plan comes together, lol.

  2. Virginia
    December 18, 2018 at 10:51 am

    Thank you Mary for another easy and yummy recipe for my files. We hosted an open house Sunday for friends and neighbors and I must give you credit again for making me shine. My dining table was full of savories and sweets, four of which I recently downloaded from Home is Where the Boat Is. My guest were delighted with your recipes for Coconut Orange Snowballs, Cha-Cha Chicken Salad, Baked Brie with Cranberries (I cut a pine tree shape for the top) and Pecan Bourbon Balls. As I am writing this my husband said next year you must invite Mary and her husband here for a visit.

  3. kyra
    December 18, 2018 at 11:04 am

    I have made these in the past and they are delicious and super easy to make. I usually cut mine really small as they are very rich. They look great in a mixed tray of holiday treats!

  4. Theresa Keller
    December 18, 2018 at 11:22 am

    oh YUM! thank you Mary

  5. December 18, 2018 at 11:57 am

    Mary, Who doesn’t love peanut butter and chocolate, what a wonderful treat! They are adorable the way you have presented them, love the sprinkles and party picks! Jerrie

  6. December 18, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Another winner Mary! I love when you share a holiday recipe! Merry Christmas!!

  7. Ann
    December 18, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    Delish and beautiful! Thank you for all your Christmas inspiration and creativity you share throughout the year Mary! 🎄

  8. Shirley Graham
    December 18, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    Thanks – you gave me a smile to see the little reindeer etc stuck in the bars! Holidays are hard & I appreciate your colorful items so much!

  9. December 18, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Mary, I haven’t had these peanut butter bars in ages. They are SO good and how clever to decorate them for the holidays with colorful Christmas sprinkles! I’m stopping over to see your Reindeer Corn, I missed it. Love the combination of salty and sweet!

  10. December 18, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    I made those bars years ago, Mary, and I appreciate the reminder. I do believe my late mother-in-law shared the recipe with me. The addition of the sprinkles, and the darling picks make the bars look oh so festive! Thank you so much for sharing with us. xx

  11. December 18, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    Thanks for reminding me about these delicious treats! I have everything to make them except those cute picks :))

  12. Cyndi Raines
    December 18, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    Oh my gosh! We were just given a tray with a variety of Christmas goodies and these were on it! I gobbled them up! LOVED THEM! I was going to ask for the recipe and just like Christmas magic, you provided it! Lol Thank you! Also, I made your wonderful Reindeer Corn Snack mix and it was a hit! I’ll be making another batch this weekend! Fa la la la la🎶🎄Merry Christmas Mary!

  13. December 19, 2018 at 5:41 am

    Yep, and since peanut butter has protein… Good for breakfast too! Just sayin:@)

  14. Rita C.
    December 19, 2018 at 7:34 am

    Perfect! Pinned!

  15. December 19, 2018 at 7:46 am

    These ARE DEFINITELY going on my treat tray for Christmas Eve party! Thank you!!! ❤️🎄🌰

  16. December 19, 2018 at 9:17 am

    Mary, I think I will make these tomorrow along with my fudge! I have to stop all of this eating after Christmas, and it will not be fun! Have a Merry Wednesday❤️

  17. December 19, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    I wish I had read this before I went to the store, I am baking with CC tomorrow and this would have been so perfect! But maybe I’ll get the boys to help me over the weekend, this is a super winner Mary, easy and delicious!! I love your suggestion of cutting them into triangles, thank you!
    Jenna

  18. Cheryl Burgess
    December 19, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    I’ll be making these this weekend. Thanks for a yummy looking recipe!

  19. Kathy Ose
    December 20, 2018 at 9:30 am

    I wish you were on Instagram..

  20. Jean Smith
    January 17, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    I have been getting post for a lot years last one I received was in Dec I am checked to see what is causing this I miss getting your emails you are talented love your post THANK YOU JEAN SMITH

    • January 17, 2019 at 4:37 pm

      Hi Jean, I still see your status as an email subscriber when I search for your email. Check your spam folder to see if your Yahoo mail is sending it there for some reason. Or it may be that you inadvertently blocked the emails from WordPress.com?
      Go here:
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