Review: Pioneer Woman no-bake peanut butter bars

My mom and step-dad recently returned from a RV trip. They had been gone for what seemed like forever–really was only two weeks, and I missed them. I wanted them to have a stress-free meal without having to go shopping and all after the long journey back. As I’m preparing the dinner, my mom sends a text asking if she can bring dessert…Dessert! Ack! I forgot!

To avoid any more stress on her I scurry to my pantry to see what I have. I find peanut butter and chocolate and grab the laptop, looking for a fun and easy new recipe. Low and behold, one of my favorite ladies ever Ree Drummond of Pioneer Woman had shared her recipe for No-bake Peanut Butter Bars that morning on tv! It was meant to be.

I prepared the ingredients according to her instructions and what a treat! Not for the faint of heart mind you, but it was scrumptious, still is (i’m having a few nibbles while I type this, HA!) The recipe is super simple, doesn’t take any time to prepare, and with both the hubs and my step-dad loving peanut butter and chocolate it was the perfect book-end to our dinner.

You will need:

  • 2 cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 2 sticks Butter, Softened, Plus More For Greasing The Pan
  • 1 cup Chunky Peanut Butter
  • 2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 box (12-ounces) Vanilla Wafers
  • 1 bag (12 Ounces) Semi-sweet MINI Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Peanuts

For the topping: Using a double boiler or a microwave, melt the chocolate chips and creamy peanut butter. Allow to cool for a couple of minutes while you make the bars.

For the bars: Grease a 9-by-13-inch pan with some butter. Using a stand or electric hand mixer, mix together the butter and chunky peanut butter until smooth. Stir in the powdered sugar a cup at a time.

Add the vanilla wafers to a food processor and process until they are in crumbs. Then add the crumbs and mini chocolate chips to the peanut butter mixture and mix until just combined. Spread it evenly into the buttered pan and set aside.

Pour the topping over the base. Spread it out evenly and sprinkle over the chopped peanuts. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, then cut into 20 bars.

Keep refrigerated, as the bars and chocolate will soften at room temperature.

Photo courtesy of Pioneer Woman
You will need:
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1- 12 oz box vanilla wafer cookies

In a microwave safe bowl combine peanut butter and chocolate chips, microwave for 30-60 seconds, or until mixture has melted. Stir to combine. Crush up the wafer using a rolling pin and add to chocolatey mixture. Pour your divine concoction into a non-stick dish and place into your refrigerator for at least one hour before serving.

Best part of this recipe: the wafer cookies stay crunchy for at least three days…maybe more but they’ve now been consumed, hehe.



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