Better No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 36 small bars

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One ingredient makes these No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars BETTER than all the rest! They taste just like Reese’s and are highly addictive!


tall stack of no bake chocolate peanut butter bars with hand grabbing top bar

I know. You think I shouldn’t be making such big claims.

But here’s the thing: these are better.

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There’s nothing wrong with the classic No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars recipe that everyone has, with graham cracker crumbs, but with one simple switch you can have even better Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars: crushed vanilla wafer cookies.

This is one recipe that I made long, long ago, and made often, and then kind of forgot about it as I started experimenting more and stopped making recipes more than once or twice. But there are just certain recipes you need in your repertoire.

The best Chocolate Chip Cookies.

The best Double Chocolate Cookies.

The best Classic Banana Bread.

stack of no bake chocolate peanut butter bars with bite taken out of top bar

You shouldn’t have to live your life without them! And to add to my collection of perfect, classic recipes: Better No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars! Make ’em. 🙂

See how easy they are to make!

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Better No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

4 from 7 votes
One ingredient makes these No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars BETTER than all the rest! They taste just like Reese’s and are highly addictive!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Servings 36 small bars
Calories 205cal


  • 25 vanilla wafer cookies about 275g
  • 2 cups powdered icing sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups smooth peanut butter I use light
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup milk or cream


  • In a food processor, add wafer cookies and process until ground. Add powdered sugar, peanut butter, and melted butter and process until smooth.
  • Spread into a 9×13″ pan lined with tin foil. Set in the freezer to firm up while you melt the chocolate.
  • Combine chocolate chips and milk and microwave on high in 30-45 second intervals, stirring each time, just until the chocolate is melted (don’t overdue it!). I did 45 seconds, 30 seconds, 20 seconds and it was perfect.
  • Spread evenly over bars and refrigerate until firm (you can put them in the freezer if you’re in a hurry!). Slice into bars and serve. I recommend storing in the fridge or freezer.


*If you can’t find the vanilla wafer cookies (too bad!), you can substitute the same weight of say a Nilla wafer cookie or graham cracker crumbs if necessary.
*This is an easy recipe to halve if a 9×13″ pan is too large or too much temptation!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 205cal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 121mg | Potassium: 135mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 165IU | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.8mg

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  1. Marsha says

    May I say these were THE BEST peanut butter bars I have ever made! I made them as a Christmas treat for my brother who loves all things peanut butter. The vanilla sugar wafers adds an extra dimension of taste that other recipes don’t have. I even caught my husband who doesn’t even like sweets sneaking a few. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.

  2. Betsy says

    What do you mean by vanilla wafer cookies if Nilla Wafers are a substitute? Do you mean the long thin wafers with the creamy filling?

      • Deena Caunt says

        Could you please tell me the name of the cookie. I am English and I need to look for a picture to see what we have for a sub.

      • Ashley Fehr says

        I don’t know that they have another name — you could substitute any hard vanilla frosting filled cookie, like a Golden Oreo or similar, or even graham crackers or vanilla cookies will do.

      • Lulu M says

        By vanilla wafer cookie are you referring to sugar wafers? Bland tasting waffle-like rectangular exterior with sweet vanilla filling?

  3. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says

    Vanilla wafer cookies are GENIUS, Ashley!! Leave it up to you to make the no bake chocolate peanut butter bars BETTER! These chocolaty, peanut buttery beauties look dangerously delicious! NEED!!! Pinned! Cheers, girlfriend… and thanks for making me drool on my keyboard. 😉

  4. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says

    Peanut butter bars are my favorite! I’ve been making a similar version for years, but I love that you used vanilla wafers! And no-bake treats are much needed because it’s been SO hot here! And, of course, chocolate and pb make everything better! Yum!

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