A delicious no-bake peanut butter and chocolate dessert, these Peanut Butter Bliss Bars are a bake sale staple and always a welcome treat!
PB Chocolate Squares Recipe
Is there any better dessert combination than chocolate and peanut butter?
(Shh, be quiet salted caramel… this post isn’t about you…)
I worked at a deli in university that sold peanut butter chocolate squares like these and charged some obscene amount for them – and despite the fact that the clientele was almost exclusively poor students, they sold out daily.
They were not merely a “square version” of a Reese’s PB Cup. These Peanut Butter Chocolate Squares were a richer, more satisfying dessert – and super easy to replicate at home (and for way cheaper than you buy them in a bakery).
This no-bake dessert recipe is also super easy for kids to help with and I’ve made it more than a couple times with my daycare kids to take home as a birthday treat for their parents.
We’ve had a lot of fun playing with this recipe – adding nuts, sprinkles, caramel bits, sea salt, and trying out different nut butters and chocolate types (like this White Chocolate School Bar that I made for my friend Stacey’s site).
Every version we’ve attempted has been delicious, but I keep coming back to the classic.
This Peanut Butter Bliss Bar is awesome for an afternoon pick-me-up, for a no-bake playdate dessert, or just a fun after school treat. I’d even be happy to see them at a cookie exchange.
(Obviously, they aren’t a good choice anytime that allergies may be a concern, but there are plenty of opportunities for nut-friendly families to enjoy them.)
These bars also freeze well, so you can make a batch and freeze half for when you need a peanut butter chocolate fix.
Check out our quick recipe video to see just how easy these Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars are to make, and then don’t forget to scroll down to grab your free recipe printable:
Ingredients for Peanut Butter Bliss Bars
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 2 cups graham crumbs
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 Tablespoon coconut oil or shortening, optional
- 1 teaspoon sea salt, optional
Tip: swap out the nut butter, chocolate type, or add in your favorite toppings for a customized dessert square.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Casserole dish
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Food processor
- Offset spatual
- Small microwave-safe bowl
How to Make Peanut Butter Chocolate School Bars
Line or grease a 9×9 casserole pan and set aside.
In a medium-sized bowl, combine the butter, crumbs, sugar and peanut butter and stir to combine.
(Or you can alternatively mix in a food processor.)
Press into the casserole pan into an even layer.
In a microwave-safe bowl, place the chocolate chips and heat in 25 second bursts. Stir in between each heating until fully melted.
Pour the melted chocolate over the peanut butter layer and smooth out with an offset spatula.
Place in the refrigerator to set for 2 hours or overnight.
Cut into 9 squares and serve or package.
Grab your free printable for our peanut butter chocolate squares recipe:
These no-bake peanut butter chocolate dessert squares are a delicious treat for true PB & Chocolate lovers – they make a great playdate treat or after school snack and are easy enough for kids to help make.