A rich layer of chocolate on a thick layer of a peanut butter and graham cracker mixture makes these amazing Buckeye Bars!
Buckeye Bars Recipe
This easy no-bake dessert is the perfect combination of chocolate and peanut butter! With only 5 ingredients these chocolate and peanut butter Buckeye Bars with graham crackers are fast, easy and DELICIOUS!
Also called Buckeye Bars, Flat Buckeyes, Pan Buckeyes and No-Bake Buckeyes these are the easiest version of copycat recipe for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups that I’ve ever had! If you love white chocolate you’ll also have to try our White Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars.
My friend Cheryl from Bible Study pulled three amazing and well-used recipes out of her box to share. Her other go-to family favorite recipes are these Almond Bark Specials, Blueberry Muffins, and these no-bake Chocolate and Peanut Butter Dessert Bars.
This recipe has a graham cracker crumb base and we have another similar recipe for Buckeye Cookie Bars with a Lorna Doone cookie base.
Why This Recipe Works
- When chocolate and peanut butter are mixed together in a no-bake dessert the recipe is worth trying!
- This recipe belongs on every holiday dessert tray – but it’s also great to share all year long.
- Friends are one of the best places to find great recipes. When a friend shared this as one of her family’s top 3 all time best recipes you know it’s good!
What’s Needed To Make Buckeye Cookie Bars
- Butter – real butter is much better for full flavor over margarine.
- Peanut butter – creamy is the only type we use in this recipe.
- Powdered sugar – also known as confectioners sugar.
- Graham cracker crumbs – we like the container that comes ground up, but you can crush full graham crackers if you like.
- Chocolate Chips – we lean towards semi-sweet, but milk chocolate or dark chocolate work too.
How to Cut Copycat Reese’s Peanut Butter Bars
These chocolate and peanut butter bars are really easy to mix up, there’s only one challenge. Cutting these bars is the hardest part.
If you cut them too soon they’re gooey. If you wait for the chocolate to fully harden or freeze it may break in oddly shaped pieces.
So the goal is to cut them about an hour after preparing. The best time to cut is just after the chocolate loses gooeyness and just before it hardens.
Using a bench scraper does making cutting bar cookies easier.
Regardless of how set-up the chocolate is they taste amazing! We may have had a time or two where a good portion of the pan was eaten before having time to set up.
How to Make Buckeye Bars
- Melt butter and mix in peanut butter, confectioners sugar, and graham cracker crumbs.
- Spread in a lightly greased 9×13 pan.
- Melt chocolate chips and pour over peanut butter mixture.
Step By Step Instructions
In a small or medium microwave safe bowl melt butter.
Then stir in peanut butter until smooth and melted.
Add graham cracker crumbs and powdered sugar and stir well.
Spread in the bottom of a 9 x 13″ pan lined with waxed paper.
Melt chocolate chips and pour over the graham cracker mixture.
An hour after letting set up use the waxed paper and remove from the pan. Set on a cutting board and use a board scraper or butter knife to cut.
Store in an air tight container separated by layers of waxed paper in the refrigerator. Enjoy!
More Easy Chocolate and Peanut Butter Desserts
- Devil’s Food Cookies with Peanut Butter Chips
- Easy Christmas Tree Treats
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats
- Christmas Chex Mix
- White Chocolate Candy
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Dream Bars
I’m so grateful for friends that share great recipes. We hope you enjoy these recipes as much as we have!
Printable Chocolate & Peanut Butter Bar Recipe
- 1 cup butter melted
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
- 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Melt butter and mix in peanut butter, confectioners sugar, and graham cracker crumbs.1 cup butter, 1 cup creamy peanut butter, 2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar, 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- Spread in a waxed paper lined 9×13 pan.
- Melt chocolate chips and pour over peanut butter mixture. Gently shake or tap pan until chocolate is smooth. Allow an hour for the chocolate to set up, then cut into pieces.12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
- I melt the chips in a microwave-safe bowl using 30-second increments and stir every 15 seconds once the chips have started to melt.
- Have the peanut butter mixture spread out in the pan and ready so that melted chocolate can be poured immediately.
- 1 or 2 tablespoons of oil can be added to the chocolate to help keep smooth if desired
- Cut into bars about an hour after preparing – before chocolate sets-up and becomes hard
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Originally shared on December 10, 2018 with updates made on January 24, 2024.