This classic recipe for Reese’s Peanut Butter Bars is a delicious treat made without graham cracker crumbs. The peanut butter filling can be shaped into peanut butter balls or peanut butter eggs before dipping into melted chocolate.
Reese’s bars are one of our family-favorite treats to make at Christmas time.
I remember making these with my sister when we were kids.
Since I was headed to visit my family this weekend, I thought I would whip up a batch to take with me to surprise them.
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Key to Success #1 – Use Regular Peanut Butter
One of the secrets to this recipe is using a good, old-fashioned peanut butter brand like Jif, Skippy, or Peter Pan.
Natural peanut butter does not work well in this recipe.
Key to Success #2 – Use high-quality Semi-Sweet Chocolate
The other secret is in the chocolate chips. I always use high-quality semi-sweet chocolate, like Ghirardelli or Nestle Toll House. You could also use milk chocolate chips if you prefer.
I think it’s easiest to make the Reese’s into bars but you could use the same recipe and shape them into balls or eggs before dipping into melted chocolate.
When we were kids, we used to make them into bars so that’s always going to be the classic for me.
We used to just do two layers – the peanut butter filling with a layer of chocolate on top.
The last few times I’ve made this recipe, I added the layer of chocolate to the bottom to make the bars easier to stack and store.
Key to Success #3 – Line Pan with Parchment for Easy Removal
When I make the bars, I line my pan with parchment paper and leave plenty hanging over the sides.
Do you prefer your Reese’s peanut butter bars with graham cracker crumbs or without?
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For peanut butter filling
- 1 1/2 cups peanut butter
- 2 sticks margarine
- 1 lb powdered sugar (3 1/2 cups)
For chocolate topping
- 4 cups chocolate chips, divided
- 4 Tbsp margarine, divided
- Melt in microwave 2 cups chocolate chip with 2 Tbsp margarine. Stir well then spread into 9X13 pan. Chill 15 minutes.
- Melt together in microwave peanut butter and 2 sticks margarine. Add powdered sugar and mix well. Spread on top of chocolate layer. Chill 15 minutes.
- Melt in microwave 2 cups chocolate chip with 2 Tbsp margarine. Stir well then spread on top of peanut butter layer. Chill until firm.
Use high-quality peanut butter brand like Jif or Skippy. Natural peanut butters do not work well for this recipe. Peanut butter filling can be shaped into balls or eggs before dipping in melted chocolate.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g