No Bake Peanut Butter bars

This is one of our first really hot days, near 90 degrees. Gracie is not a huge fan of the heat. It wipes her out a bit so that she rests a little more. And with a nine months old lab puppy, that is never a bad thing. She has come a long way in the three months we have had here and continues to go through training. She works on that and I need to work on being more patient.never my strong point.

Today’s treat is a no bake one, and you can vary what you put in. I used the vanilla/chocolate Oreo combo.

, but you can use Graham crackers, Ritz crackers, any flavor of Oreos, nutter butters, etc. As long as you crush them up and get 2 cups worth, do whatever you want. I also used margarine this time. It doesn’t take as long to soften up and the bars are a little softer as well. And I used semisweet chocolate chips on top.

One note – my friend Helen’s mom, used Graham crackers for these bars and they were amazing. No one can make these like Mrs Cianciosi could.


  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 cups peanut butter
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 cups Oreo or Graham cracker, crushed (I used a food processor, but you can use a rolling pin).
  • 1 tsp vanilla


Mix butter and peanut butter. Fold in cookie crumbs. Slowly fold in powdered sugar. Add vanilla. Press into 8×8 pan for thick bars, 9×13 for thinner bars. Chill


  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 tbs shortening or butter

Melt chips and butter/shortenjng in 45 second increments until you can stir smooth. Pour on top of bars and spread. Chill.

Someone is wondering if I am going to share this pb treat.

You can cut bars before chocolate sets if you want, so topping does not break.

As you can see, I struggle cutting theough hardened chocolate 😃

Store in covered container in fridge.


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