Peanut Butter Cup Bars

Exactly 9 days post-New Year’s my aforementioned aversion to sweets disappeared like a puff of smoke. The holiday sugar cloud has lifted and I am ready to dive into butter, chocolate, sugar and, of course… peanut butter! These peanut butter cup bars are nothing new to the blogosphere, but I am thrilled to finally have them back in my kitchen. I had my first encounter with these bars waaaaaay back in college. I was at a cookout/bonfire and a girl brought a pan of these. I’ve been a peanut butter fanatic pretty much since I uttered my first words, so needless to say I fell in love with these immediately. As soon as I wiped the peanut butter and chocolate crumbs off my mouth, I asked for the recipe. I got it, and then promptly lost it before I ever got a chance to make them. I have lived without these for way too many years, so I must make amends. And share with you of course.

I was the kid on Halloween that dug through the candy to get to the Reese’s peanut butter cups. They were gold. On Easter, I was always thrilled when the bunny left a Reese’s peanut butter egg or, as I got older and more appreciative of good sweets, a Sarris peanut butter meltaway egg. So imagine how insanely excited I am that these taste just like a giant peanut butter cup. I could get even more authentic with a thicker layer of chocolate, or actually encasing a cup-shaped version in chocolate, but this recipe is super easy and darn-near perfect. If it ain’t broke…

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Peanut Butter Cup Bars

Yield: 16 bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes (active), 30 minutes (inactive)

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

½ cup unsalted butter
1¾ cups powdered sugar
1 cup smooth peanut butter
¾ cup graham cracker crumbs
¼ cup unsalted butter
½ cup milk chocolate chips (or chopped chocolate)

Directions:

1. Line an 8x8-inch square pan with foil, leaving enough to hang over the sides, then butter the foil. Set aside.

2. In a medium saucepan, melt the ½ cup of butter 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. 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 foil overhangs and place on a cutting board. Use a pizza cutter to slice into 16 bars. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

(Recipe adapted from Stylish Cuisine)

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  1. Sean on January 12, 2011 at 12:59 am

    Wow, those look delicious, though if I were to eat them I’d probably dip them in chocolate and possibly have whipped cream on them lol.

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  2. Sean on January 12, 2011 at 12:59 am

    Was my other comment sent to spam?

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    • Michelle on January 12th, 2011 at 9:40 am

      Hi Sean, I just checked and it was, but I approved it so you should see it above now. Thanks!

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  3. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking on January 12, 2011 at 1:01 am

    These are so sinfully delicious looking, Michelle! I could for one right now, matter of fact. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Michelle on January 12, 2011 at 1:15 am

    These sound so easy and look scrum-diddly-uptious! ;) My daughters thank you in advance for sharing this recipe, as we will be giving these a go this coming weekend. :)

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  5. Sues on January 12, 2011 at 1:23 am

    These look WAY too good. Like “get out of my kitchen and stop taunting me” good. Seriously, these wouldn’t last 5 minutes in my house. Amazing!

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  6. Katie on January 12, 2011 at 2:03 am

    Yum! These look fantastic. I adore peanut butter, can’t wait to try these

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  7. Ameya on January 12, 2011 at 3:58 am

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I’m always looking for no-bake recipes at the moment since my oven access is a bit iffy. These bars look absolutely scrumptious :)

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  8. Happy Cook on January 12, 2011 at 4:20 am

    Wow so so delicious lookingm i love the way you have stacked them up.

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  9. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on January 12, 2011 at 4:37 am

    These look amazing and wonderful and like I NEED to make them :)

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  10. Lauren at KeepItSweet on January 12, 2011 at 6:01 am

    I have been wanting to make these! Last night I started REALLY missing sweets. 10 days is a long time of being “healthy”!

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  11. Sherry on January 12, 2011 at 6:35 am

    I made this recipe too, and I was amazed! It tastes exactly like a peanut butter cup! I tried to experiment by using a white chocolate topping, don’t do it. Delicious, but so much harder to work with. If I try this again, I’ll definitely just stick to the chocolate like the recipe says.

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  12. Hezzi-D on January 12, 2011 at 6:39 am

    I don’t like peanut butter myself, but I’ve been debating on trying a similiar recipe for my husband who LOVES peanut butter cups. Yours look so creamy and easy to make too! I may have to make them for him for when my beloved Steelers beat his sorry Ravens this weekend!

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    • Michelle on January 12th, 2011 at 10:01 am

      GO STEELERS!!!

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  13. Jenni on January 12, 2011 at 6:41 am

    Wow. I should absolutely not make these. I would eat the whole pan.

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  14. Estela @ Weekly Bite on January 12, 2011 at 7:55 am

    I love bars like these! They look incredible!!

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  15. Blog is the New Black on January 12, 2011 at 8:01 am

    I agree- what aversion to sweets? What resolution?! I have all the ingredients on hand… stuck inside on a snow day… bad things could happen!

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  16. Mackenzie@The Caramel Cookie on January 12, 2011 at 8:02 am

    These look delicious! Would they work with organic peanut butter too?

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  17. Arlene on January 12, 2011 at 8:11 am

    bookmarked this one; I’m drooling right now

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  18. Lynn Brown on January 12, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Ok, either I am going to have to quit looking here or just quit making!!! Because I am going to be huge, especially with all this snow, and seeing how I don’t like it so I stay inside like a hermit!!! Thanks for another great recipe!!! Dang it! (In a good way!)

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  19. jaclyn@todayslady on January 12, 2011 at 8:14 am

    Oh my wow! These look incredible! Peanut butter anything is my favorite too. I just had Reece’s ice cream last night and it was heaven. Aaaah! I want to make these!!

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  20. Kim on January 12, 2011 at 8:20 am

    I agree, these are great! Been making them for years, they are in my recipe binder but somehow they don’t get made very often… wonder if I have the ingredients on hand….

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    • Angi on March 19th, 2011 at 12:34 pm

      Are you supposed to break up the graham crackers really well?

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      • Michelle on March 21st, 2011 at 12:09 am

        Hi Angi, Yes, the graham crumbs should be crushed very, very fine.

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        • Angi on March 22nd, 2011 at 1:17 pm

          Thanks the info, can’t wait to try these!

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  21. Caroline on January 12, 2011 at 8:44 am

    All the taste of a peanut butter cup with the simplicity of a bar cookie?! Don’t mess with success! That’s called efficiency!

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  22. Abby on January 12, 2011 at 9:12 am

    I agree with Caroline! These are dangerous becuase not only will they taste fantastic but they are way too easy to make! That means they will be waay too tempting to make all the time!

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  23. Laura on January 12, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Umm, these look AMAZING.

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  24. briarrose on January 12, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Yummy. I love these bars.

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  25. Stephanie @ The Brunette Foodie on January 12, 2011 at 9:30 am

    My mom made these for us when I was growing up. We called them Homemade Tasty Cakes {holla, PA!}. There is something so wonderful about chocolate and peanut butter together that I just cannot resist it.

    Oh, and I swore off sweets too. I’ve baked three times since January 1. Good work on my part.

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    • Michelle on January 12th, 2011 at 10:02 am

      LOL! Love to see Pennsylvania represented :)

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  26. Chelsea on January 12, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Wow, these look so amazing! We are huge peanut butter cup lovers in this house, too, and for some reason I have yet to try making me I own… I think I’ll have to now!

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  27. Rhondi on January 12, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Reese’s are my favorite too! This is definitely going in my recipe file. Delish!

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  28. Maria on January 12, 2011 at 10:07 am

    These bars look heavenly! I am a sucker for PB treats!

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  29. Susan on January 12, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Wow – these look perfect! So elegant and rich – I must try them, and I’m not even a huge fan of peanut butter anymore!

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  30. Lori on January 12, 2011 at 10:34 am

    I love your site and I love peanut butter cups! I was the same as you as a kid…all I wanted in my easter basket was peanut butter cups (and M&Ms). Can’t wait to try this recipe with my favorite dark chocolate.

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  31. Darla @ Bakingdom on January 12, 2011 at 10:41 am

    I’ve been super excited about this post since you tweeted about it yesterday! I love these, but have never attempted making them myself…looks like I’ll have to soon! They look so great!

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  32. Toby on January 12, 2011 at 11:00 am

    YUM!.. and locked in the house from the winter storm..I cant get my PB cup fix.. Now I can make my own:)

    Thanks for sharing!

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  33. Gabby@FoodChowDown on January 12, 2011 at 11:01 am

    wow those look amazing. I think I would serve them as bite size treats like dibs

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  34. Shawnda on January 12, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    I too would be tempted to maybe put a *little* more chocolate on them! But you’re right, if it ain’t broke…

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  35. Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat on January 12, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Yum! I may try these with a milk chocolate and semi sweet layer. Just because I can.

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  36. Gabby (Quest for Delicious) on January 12, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    I definitely dug around for peanut butter cups in my halloween candy too. These looks so good!

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  37. Cookin' Canuck on January 12, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    One of my best friends is a chocolate/peanut butter fiend. I must make these for her (and keep several for myself).

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  38. Robyn on January 12, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    love these – like buckeyes, but without all the annoying rolling and dipping!

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  39. Erin on January 12, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    These sound heavenly!! How do you think they would be with finely crushed pretzel crumbs instead of graham cracker crumbs? I need to take something to Bunco this weekend and this totally fits the bill, except that I don’t keep graham crackers around. Might not have the PB cup taste, but sweet/salty rarely lets me down :)

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    • Michelle on January 12th, 2011 at 1:04 pm

      Hi Erin, I think you could definitely do pretzels – great idea! Just make sure you pretty much pulverize them and there aren’t any big pieces. Let me know how it turns out – sounds delicious!

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      • Erin on January 25th, 2011 at 2:10 pm

        I made them for some friends last weekend with finely crushed pretzels instead- SOOOO good! We all couldn’t stop eating them! Thanks for the awesome recipe- I will be keeping it for sure!

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        • Shelly on March 22nd, 2011 at 2:16 pm

          Oooh, this will fix my not-salty-enough problem. I will try it!

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        • Bri on July 3rd, 2011 at 12:36 am

          Heck Yeah! Pretzels sound amazing in this!

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  40. Tamara on January 12, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Just made this & it’s chilling in the fridge now. The boys will be sooo happy when they get home from school!!

    Love, love, love your blog!! It’s my first stop online – even before Facebook!! :^)

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    • Michelle on January 12th, 2011 at 4:03 pm

      I make it in before Facebook? A true compliment, indeed! :)

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  41. Steph@stephsbitebybite on January 12, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    These remind me of a treat I used to get in elementary school at recess. They were called gold bars and the were out of this world. So glad you’re ready again for sugar, butter, and chocolate!

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  42. Cornelius the Pig on January 12, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    haha i know what you mean about the post-holiday aversion to sweets… but i definitely have to give these a try. not sure if my finally-clean-for-a-few-days-in-a-row kitchen would agree, but i’m ready to bake again!

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  43. Vicki @ Wilde in the Kitchen on January 12, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    I first came across these at a superbowl party and went on to eat half the pan! They are so addicting! Thanks for your recipe!

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  44. Debbie on January 12, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    I bookmarked this without even reading the post yet! When my low-sugar diet stops, these will be first on the list!

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  45. Shelly on January 12, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    I wonder how these freeze? I need to mail some treats, and these sound perfect! Of course I’ll need to double the recipe to keep some for myself. We are big chocolate-peanut butter fans in our house.

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    • Michelle on January 12th, 2011 at 4:03 pm

      Hi Shelly, I think these would freeze just fine. Enjoy! :)

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  46. Stephanie S on January 12, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Yum! Can’t wait to try these. And great shout-out for the Sarris’ PB meltaway. Makes me miss home n’at!

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    • Michelle on January 12th, 2011 at 4:04 pm

      Yinz from da ‘burgh n’at?

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  47. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction on January 12, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Wow… These look incredible! Yum :)

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  48. stephchows on January 12, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    oh man oh man, I need to look away, this is wayyy too tempting!!

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  49. Bren on January 12, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Does anyone know if they sell graham cracker crumbs? Or do we have to buy graham crackers and turn them to crumbs ourselves?
    Gosh I hope that doesn’t sound too stupid.

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    • Michelle on January 12th, 2011 at 4:05 pm

      Hi Bren, Not stupid at all! They do sell boxes of graham cracker crumbs – I have seen it in the baking aisle near the pre-made graham and Oreo pie crusts. Enjoy!

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  50. foodlvr on January 12, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    These look amazing. I still have the aversion to sweets. Still on the diet too. I have plateaued at 110. Can’t get past it. Anyway, when I drop the remaining weight I will make these, eat 2 and leave the rest for the family.

    I printed it. It is going in the pile of stuff I want to make once I lose the weight.

    Thanks for all the inspiration.

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