I’m no baker (I much prefer cooking!), but I’ll join every other quarantined person in the world who’s obsessing over pastries, breads, and desserts as if there’s nothing else to do at home. A couple weeks ago I forced my sister Megan to write a blog post about her favorite sweet treat that just happen to annoyingly be healthy and vegan (I still love them though), and today, my end of the month recipe is the exact opposite! If I’m going to make something not meal-related, it’s going to be quick and easy and preferably cheaper than a whole Ted’s chocolate haupia pie (because that’s my fail safe dessert purchase), and these No Bake Peanut Butter Bars tick every box. I saw the peanut butter bars on Food Network’s YouTube channel and even though they were made by the Pioneer Woman (I can’t stand her or her show), they’re…truly amazing and hassle free. Damnit Ree, she got me again. The bottom of the bars is almost like a peanut butter chocolate chip cookie, while the top is a thick chocolate coating—is there anything better? For my next batch of peanut butter bars, I’m going to pack the cookie layer a little more and maybe even sprinkle wafer bits with the chopped peanuts on top!
Ingredients (for one 9×13 inch pan):
- 2 sticks softened butter (recipe calls for salted, but I used one salted and one unsalted)
- 1 cup chunky peanut butter
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 box Nilla wafers
- 2 oz bags mini chocolate chips
- handful chopped peanuts
- Grease the pan with a little bit of butter (save the wrappers and use them to thinly coat every corner!).
- Add the butter and chunky peanut butter to a stand mixer bowl and combine on a low setting.
- Once butter and peanut butter are mixed, slowly add powdered sugar while mixer is off.
- Crush Nilla wafers in a ziploc bag and pour the crumbs with one bag mini chocolate chips into the mixer.
- While cookie mix is combining, heat 2 cups mini chocolate chips and creamy peanut butter over a double boiler. Let cool.
- Pour stand mixer ingredients in buttered pan and press down into a thin, even layer (make sure chocolate chips and cookie pieces aren’t able to move around easily).
- Once chocolate and peanut butter are cool, pour over cookie bottom and spread evenly.
- Chop handful of peanuts and/or leftover Nilla wafers into small pieces and pour over peanut butter bars.
- Chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour, then cut and serve! (Store in fridge when pau so the bars don’t melt)