Friday, September 2, 2022

No Bake Peanut Butter Crispy Bars

No-bake bars with a peanut butter base, topped with a mixture of chocolate and crispy rice cereal. Photographed on a brown mat.

As Seattle wraps up the summer and we head into fall, the weather is making one more push of warmth, but with shorter days and cooler nights, the impact isn’t at all the same. It’s still nice to make a no-bake treat from time to time. I had planned to make these a couple of days ago, but then I realized I had everything but the peanut butter. How on earth did I run low on peanut butter? I have now restocked with two big containers of peanut butter!

No bake cookies usually ask you to melt ingredients on the stove, which is not what I want to do on a warm day. Luckily, all of the melting required for these bars can be done in the microwave, which isn’t bad. You don’t necessarily have to use a mixer for the peanut butter layer, but it does make the mixture come together quickly and easily. It seems weird for me to make something and not use the mixer!

These start with the peanut butter layer, then refrigerate, then top with the chocolate/crispy cereal layer, and refrigerate some more. These aren’t great if you’re looking for instant gratification, because without the refrigeration you’d have a bit of a mess. Well chilled, these are soft for the peanut butter layer with a good chocolate crunch on top. It’s hard to go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate, and these bars are no exception.

No Bake Peanut Butter Crispy Bars

½ cup butter, melted
1-1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup powdered sugar

1 cup chocolate chips
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1 teaspoon vegetable shortening
¾ cup crispy rice cereal
Line an 8” square pan with foil and spray the foil with nonstick cooking spray.

In a large mixer bowl, combine the melted butter, graham cracker crumbs, peanut butter, and powdered sugar. Mix on low until the mixture comes together. Press into the prepared pan and refrigerate for 1 hour.

In a medium microwave-safe bowl, combine the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and vegetable shortening. Microwave, stirring every 30 seconds, until the mixture is smooth. Add the crispy rice cereal to the chocolate mixture and stir to combine. Spread evenly over the chilled peanut butter layer.

Refrigerate until set, about 2 hours. Once set, remove from the pan and peel away the foil. Cut into bars.

Recipe from The Midnight Baker

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