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Reese’s Peanut Butter Bars

Reese's Peanut Butter Bars by Rumbly in my TumblyListen, we’ve all done it.  Sometime, around the beginning of March, we’re at Target.  We have a cart full of crap we don’t really need but had to buy, two kids in the cart, latte in hand, and we pass by the Easter Candy aisle.  “I don’t need any of that…” we tell ourselves.  “Oh, what the hell, I’ll just breeze by really quickly and look, but I won’t touch.”

Reese's Peanut Butter Bars by Rumbly in my Tumbly

Our 4 year old cries out “Jelly Beans!” and before you know it, your cart is full of Butterfinger eggs, speckled peanut butter M&M’s, and the dreaded Reese’s Peanut Butter eggs.

Reese's Peanut Butter Bars by Rumbly in my Tumbly

I say dreaded because just one of those babies pretty much equals an entire work out.  Just one of those luscious, delectable little eggs will ruin a whole day of hard work and calorie counting.  But we buy them anyway.  “I’ll just set them out in my little Easter candy dish” we lie to ourselves.  “I won’t eat them…. They’re only for guests.”

Reese's Peanut Butter Bars by Rumbly in my Tumbly

I don’t need to tell you how the story ends, because we all know it ends with us eating the entire bag of Reese’s peanut butter eggs in a matter of days.  And by “days,” I mean two days.  Two days = two pounds.  Kind of like dive Chinese food- it feels so good while you’re eating it, but the second you’re done, you have instant regret.  But you’ll always have the memories of the way those peanut butter eggs tasted when they hit your tongue.

Reese's Peanut Butter Bars by Rumbly in my Tumbly

The reason I go into this in such detail is this:  Take how good you think those eggs are, and times them by, I don’t know, a million.  That’s how good these bars are.  They taste EXACTLY like a Reese’s, but something about them being homemade just makes them better.

No bake, no mess, no fuss.  I had these cooling in the fridge less than 10 minutes after I started making them. I only dirtied one bowl. (I mean, I washed it once in between, but still.)  Don’t keep them in your house, unless you want to end up with another Easter Candy situation.  No, take them in to work, or send them to work with your husband.  You will go from over-eater to HERO.

Enjoy!

Ingredients:
2 cups finely ground graham cracker crumbs
2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup melted butter
1 cup + 4 tablespoons peanut butter
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine the graham crackers, 1 cup of peanut butter, and powdered sugar.

Reese's Peanut Butter Bars by Rumbly in my Tumbly

Add the melted butter.  Yum.

Reese's Peanut Butter Bars by Rumbly in my Tumbly

Mix well.

Reese's Peanut Butter Bars by Rumbly in my Tumbly

Spread evenly in the bottom of an ungreased 9×13 inch pan.

Reese's Peanut Butter Bars by Rumbly in my Tumbly

In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips and 4 tablespoons of peanut butter. I did this by microwaving for 30 seconds at a time, and then mixing, and then another 30 seconds, mixing, and then another 15 seconds, and it was perfectly smooth and melted.  Alternatively, you could use a double broiler.

Reese's Peanut Butter Bars by Rumbly in my Tumbly

Spread the chocolate over top of the peanut butter mixture evenly.

Reese's Peanut Butter Bars by Rumbly in my Tumbly

 

Refrigerate for about 30 minutes, and then cut the bars evenly.  You want to do your first cut at this point so that the chocolate top doesn’t break apart from the peanut butter part when you finally cut them evenly. 🙂

Reese's Peanut Butter Bars by Rumbly in my Tumbly

Store in the fridge in an airtight container and enjoy!

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41 thoughts on “Reese’s Peanut Butter Bars

  1. These look totally fantastic — especially because I am hopelessly addicted to those Reese’s Easter eggs! They’re just so delicious. I don’t think I could be left alone with these . . . but perhaps I’ll make them, you know, “for guests.” 🙂

  2. I loved these. I’ve others before, but I thought that the consistency of the peanut butter part was firmer and and not too dry or too moist.

    Thanks

  3. I just made these this morning. I’ve never come this close to getting a real “reese cup” taste in my baking adventures. This was so easy, sets up in 30 minutes just like you said, cut perfectly and popped out of the pan with ease. Thank you for such a quick and delicious recipe!

  4. Thanks for this recipe! I had a similar recipe for peanut butter balls that used graham cracker crumbs and lost it. Going to make these tonight!

  5. Today is my official first day of retirement. I made them this morning and they are so easy and extremely good!!! Can’t keep this up while being retired or I will be as big as the side of the house!!

    1. Crystal, Did you try these with almond butter? I was thinking of trying them with Sunbutter. Just wondering how they turned out!

  6. We live in England where Reeses goodies are expensive and hard to find. However, I have a jar of Reeses peanut butter so will be trying this recipe this afternoon. I’ll be earning brownie points with my husband as he’s a huge fan of Reeses. Thank you

  7. Hi. I live in uk and have no idea what graham crackers are. Over here we use digestive biscuits for a cheesecake base. Can i use these as a substitute for the graham crackers?

  8. I’ve made this many times and I substitute he graham crackers for vanilla wafer cookies, nila cookies, and I even thought pretzels (although I’m not a fan so I’ve never done it). You’re really only limited by your imagination.

  9. Made these for Mother’s Day today-oh my gosh, they are SO like Reese’s pieces! I know everyone will love them-I had to try them of course, and they’re great-thanks for posting the recipe!

  10. Can these be frozen? If so how well do they hold up? I need to freeze for about 2 weeks, not much free time and I am making for an event.

  11. Jennifer, I’ve not frozen these, so I can’t tell you how well they would freeze and thaw. If you try it, please come back and tell us how it worked out. They will stay nicely in the fridge for 3-4 days if you want to make them a bit in advance.

  12. Better than Reeses, esp. since there is more PB and chocolate!
    Maybe I’ll use some powdered WheyLow or erythritol to cut a few calories and ease my guilt. (esp. since some days the workout will barely cover a bean sprout, let alone something fun). Thanks for sharing!

    PS to the commenter who suggested crushed pretzels: Thumbs up – big fan of sweet and salty! Maybe half pretzels and half grahams so it isn’t too salty with the peanut butter.

  13. My boyfriends birthday is today and he doesn’t do cakes or cupcakes or even ice cream cake…his favorite thing is Reese’s! You saved me because this is the best Cake replacement I can find!! Thanx so much and of course they turned out delicious😉

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