Crispy Peanut Butter Bars

Yep, I’m back with another oven-free recipe. You do need to turn on the stove but only for all of 10 minutes max.

I found this recipe at one of my favorite sites: Serious Eats. Their recipes are, from my experience, well-tested and reproducible.

Crispy Peanut Butter Bars

I made these for a little impromptu dinner party I had. One of my friends came over because she is contributing to the little video Nate is making to show at the wedding. I can’t wait to see the finished product…it’s going to be amazing :)

Anyway, these are seriously awesome, and incredibly rich. I sent my friend and her husband home with extras to take to their 4th of July party and they were thrilled. Mostly because we were too full from dinner to really enjoy them that night.

Crispy Peanut Butter Bars

They’re kind of somewhere in between a rice krispie treat and a buckeye ball. You have to keep them refrigerated but they stay soft straight out of the fridge and they stick together really well.

Speaking of sticking together, here’s a little something my soon to be mother-in-law shared with me. I knew I liked elephants for a reason! You have to watch til the very end…sooooo cute!!!:

Crispy Peanut Butter Bars

No-Bake Crispy Corn Flake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

From Serious Eats

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makes 16 (2 inch)squares

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/3 cup light brown sugar
Pinch salt
4 cups corn flakes, lightly crushed
1/3 cup salted peanuts, chopped and divided
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

Line 8- by 8-inch baking pan with foil. In medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add peanut butter, corn syrup, brown sugar, and salt and continue to cook, stirring, until melted and smooth.

Stir in corn flakes, 1/4 cup peanuts, and vanilla until just combined. Spoon into prepared pan and smooth top.

In heatproof bowl over pan of barely simmering water (or in microwave), heat chocolate until just melted. Spread over top. Sprinkle with remaining chopped peanuts.

Chill until firm, about 2 hours. Remove from pan and cut into 2-inch squares.


  1. Awww, my daughter will love this :-). I have a big jar of peanut butter resting on the kitchen cabinet this is one good way of using them! Thanks for the recipe!

  2. I like the fact that this a no bake treat in this heat and humidity. Sounds yummy

  3. Wow! Those look so decadent and delicious. Obviously full of flavour.

  4. Anything no-bake that involves chocolate and peanut butter is seriously dangerous stuff. It should come with a surgeon general’s warning for being too easy to have whenever you crave it! I have no doubt I’d adore these, though. And proceed to devour the whole batch.

  5. These look awesome, and indeed rich! I bet they are a perfect treat! :)

  6. What an adorable video with the baby elephant finally making it over the mud bath… too cute! Love the idea of no-bake right about now ;-) (I suspect we may be getting similar sweltering temperatures) – our whole family would love these treats… peanut butter, chocolate, salty peanuts on top…mmmm…. I am definitely saving this recipe!

  7. I have an absolute ‘thing’ for cornflakes in recipes! So this is going on the must make list. No bake is also v v handy for summer.

  8. These no-bake peanut butter bars look amazing. I love how dark the chocolate topping is. I’ve just had my dinner and am looking around for something sweet and I would love these! xx

  9. Ooh la la, I just made these and they are the perfect treat after a long day!! Thank you for sharing the recipe, will definitely make again… And again… And again!

  10. Oh, I don’t think I’ve made these since college!!! I LOVE them so…I don’t think I feel safe with a whole batch in my kitchen. I think I’ll just have to make a batch for my oldest…and he can take them home and leave me just a few. YES, that’s the plan. PS…mine were never so beautiful!

    • Oh really? I had never heard of them! I’m sure your son will be very appreciative…and yes it was hard not to eat the whole pan :)

  11. As soon as I saw the title of ur post I knew I was in love….
    No Bake…. what else can I ask in deliciousness like this…

  12. Mmm look at all of that peanut butter! Yum! Love the no-bake aspect.

  13. Hi Amy, first time visitor here. Love your blog by the way – and this recipe especially has been book-marked for future potlucks :)

  14. Gotta love no bake treats, especially when it has been sooo hot! Looks great! :)

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