Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Bars — Can’t decide if you want PB or chocolate? Make these easy no-bake fudge bars! Chocolate + PB is sooo irresistible!!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Bars
I love a good two-for-one deal. Especially when that deal involves peanut butter and chocolate. Sometimes it’s impossible to pick which one I want, and with these no-bake fudge bars I don’t have to.
There’s a peanut butter and white chocolate base that’s soft yet dense, rich, and creamy. The top is a layer of chocolate peanut butter fudge, and there’s Rice Krispies added for crispy texture. Both layers actually have Krispies in them, but it’s more pronounced in the top layer.
The recipe for the chocolate layer I originally created to top some brownies that are in my first cookbook, Peanut Butter Comfort. They’re perhaps my favorite brownies ever, tied with these.
Recently I was thumbing through my cookbook and remembered how much I loved the topping, and had to make it. But I didn’t want to turn on my oven and make brownies because we having a hot snap.
The beauty of these no-bake, one-bowl, gluten-free fudge bars is that they’re fast, easy, and people will go nuts over them. I mean, who can resist two thick layers of peanut butter and chocolate peanut butter fudge sandwiched together? I sure can’t.
They’re also a great make-ahead dessert. They’ll literally keep for weeks in your fridge or months in the freezer, which is both good and bad, knowing you’ve got chocolate peanut butter fudge waiting for you.
But I see it as good.
What’s in Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Bars?
This is a unique no-bake dessert in that it’s an easy fudge recipe without condensed milk. You’re welcome.
Here’s what you’ll need to make the no-bake peanut butter fudge base and the chocolate peanut butter fudge topping:
- White chocolate chips
- Creamy peanut butter
- Crispy rice cereal (such as Rice Krispies)
- Semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Unsalted butter
How to Make Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Bars
Partially melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave, then add the peanut butter and return to the microwave. Stir until smooth and creamy, then add in the crispy rice cereal.
Turn the homemade peanut butter fudge into a foil-lined 8×8-inch dish. Freeze until firm.
Meanwhile, make the chocolate peanut butter fudge top layer. The process is the same, only this time you’re using semi-sweet chocolate chips and adding a little butter as well.
Gently smooth the chocolate peanut butter fudge layer over the firm PB fudge layer and freeze until set.
Can I Use Natural Peanut Butter?
No, you want to use Jif, Skippy, or a similar peanut butter brand because natural or homemade peanut butter could separate and may not set up well and/or the bars could turn very oily.
Can I Double This Recipe?
Very easily! You’d need to use a 9×13-inch baking dish if doubling the ingredients.
Tips for Making Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Bars
Be very careful when microwave the white chocolate. It scorches easily and can seize up if you’re not careful. Stir the peanut butter into the white chocolate chips before melting the two together in the microwave. This will protect the white chocolate and hopefully prevent it from scorching.
If the no-bake peanut butter fudge base hasn’t firmed up when you’re ready to spread the chocolate layer on top, return the pan to the freezer for another 5 minutes. You need the base layer of fudge firm enough before you can spread the warm chocolate layer over it.
I store these bars in the fridge because they get a little too soft at room temp. Bars will keep airtight in the fridge for about 1 month and in the freezer for up to 6 months.
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Bars
Can't decide if you want PB or chocolate? Make these easy no-bake chocolate peanut butter fudge bars! Chocolate + PB is sooo irresistible!!
Peanut Butter Base
- 2 cups white chocolate chips (one 10.5 to 11.5-ounce bag)
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter (not natural; use Jif, Skippy or similar)
- 1 cup crispy rice cereal (use gluten-free crispy rice cereal to keep GF)
Chocolate Fudge Top
- 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 1/2 cups crispy rice cereal
- Line an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, spray with cooking spray; set aside.
- In a medium, microwave-safe bowl add the white chocolate chips and heat for 1 minute on high power to soften.
- Remove bowl from microwave, add 1 cup peanut butter (use Jif, Skippy, or similar because natural or homemade peanut butter could separate and may not set up well and/or the bars could turn very oily), and heat on high power to melt, about 1 minute or as necessary in your microwave; white chocolate scorches easily so keep a careful eye on it. Stir until mixture is smooth and combined.
- Add 1 cup crispy rice cereal and stir to combine.
- Turn mixture out in prepared pan in an even, flat layer, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula. Place pan in freezer to chill.
- In a medium, microwave-safe bowl (you can use the same one, just wipe out with a paper towel), add the semi-sweet chocolate chips and heat for 1 minute on high power to soften.
- Remove bowl from microwave, add 1 1/2 cups peanut butter, butter, and heat on high power to melt, about 1 minute. Stir until mixture is smooth and combined.
- Add 1 1/2 cups crisp rice cereal, and stir to combine.
- Remove pan from freezer (make sure the first layer has set up somewhat before adding the chocolate, if not, return pan to freezer for 5 more minutes) and carefully turn chocolate mixture out into prepared pan in an even, flat layer, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula.
- Place pan in freezer to chill. Allow bars to chill for 60 to 90 minutes, or until set, before serving.
- If bars have gotten too firm to slice, let them sit at room temp for 10 minutes.
Make the Peanut Butter Base:
Make the Chocolate Fudge Top:
- I store these bars in the fridge because they get a little too soft at room temp. Bars will keep airtight in the fridge for about 1 month and in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 803Total Fat: 58gSaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 30gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 419mgCarbohydrates: 64gFiber: 6gSugar: 43gProtein: 20g
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Originally published on October 8, 2o14 and republished on June 11, 2020 with updated text.
Absolutely tasty! Made multiple times. Household requests often.
I really enjoyed this recipe, which has minimal steps and could not be easier to make. The end result is a sweet treat that everyone will love. Thank you so much!
My husband is a nurse and I’ve been baking for the nurses on his shift. I recently made these and Soft and Chewy Lemon Cookies. They were both HUGE hits. They disappeared in record time!
These look amazing! Plus that sweetened condensed substitute sounds amazing!
These are nice, but barely have any chocolate flavour in comparison to the peanut butter. I used less pb because I ran out, and I used dark chocolate, so by all accounts, I should’ve had a strong chocolate hit, or at least a balance of both. They DO have a nice texture, nice crunch of the Rice Krispies, and nice peanut butter taste- they’re just not very chocolate-y. Also, I used natural peanut butter, because that’s what I had, and it turned out perfectly fine. I did avoid adding any excess oil, though, just in case.I would make this again, but I’d make a double batch of either layer, depending on my mood, rather than the two together.
Would like to try this recipe out, thanks for sharing.
I understand that natural peanut butter won’t work, but am curious if PB2 could be subbed for the peanut butter. Certainly would be worth a try I think!
Others have made it with both and with decent results I think if you read through some comments.
These look so good. I am wondering, if I need a bigger batch, could I double this in a 9×13?
Doubling and baking in a 9×13 would probably be just fine.
These sound so good and Id love to make them especially since its too hot to cook! Although, I cant stand white chocolate. Is there anything I could substitute it for that would complement the peanut butter layer?
Not really but you really cannot taste it. It’s used as a binder and not for flavor. I think you’re safe!
Gotcha. Thanks for the reply. ?
These look utterly amazing! Is there a particular reason to not use natural peanut butter, though?
Natural PB is oily, thinner, and can separate and isn’t my first choice for baking.
SOOO good. Just made these today. I think they are more “candy” than “cookie bar” and cut them into 24 pieces.
I didn’t have quite a full bag of white chocolate chips so I rounded it off with butterscotch chips and it didn’t hurt a thing. ;) (it couldn’t be because I have an addiction to white chocolate and broke into the bag … nah …).
I think, though, that your heart is leading you away from cookies and desserts and more toward main dishes, judging from your recent posts.
Thanks for trying these Kris and glad they turned out like a candy bar for you :) And eating your way through a little extra of the white chocolate from the bag and subbing with butterscotch? Never hurt anyone :)
After 6 years of mostly sweets, I think me and my readers could use some ‘food’. I love baking but my readers are telling me they love to ‘eat’, you know, like dinners so trying to mix in a hearty dose of real food amidst the sugar!
I’m in the process of making these, the base is in the freezer right now. But when I melted the white chocolate, and then out of the peanut butter and put it back in the microwave for a minute like it says the white chocolate seized up, it seems like I was able to salvage it even though the mixture was still a bit lumpy. It seems like 2 minutes microwaving the white chocolate might have been overkill, thoughts?
though now that I think about it, I didn’t stir the peanut butter into the white chocolate before microwaving for a second time, perhaps that was the problem. Either way hoping that they turn out because they look delicious.
I didn’t stir the peanut butter into the white chocolate before microwaving for a second time, perhaps that was the problem = YES that was the problem because if you’re just heating the white choc by itself, with nothing to ‘buffer’ it, it could scorch/seize in 2 minutes, absolutely.
With white chocolate, and microwaves, bowl types/sizes/materials, etc. it’s always best to start slowly (less is more!) with the heat and adjust as necessary to get things to melt in your own kitchen.
Sounds like you’re on track though!
omiGOSHHHHHHHHH. So fudgy and rich and perfect! i could eat 10 of these!!
Definitely pinning this for a future sweet treat. I love the white chocolate addition to the peanut butter – and of course the Rice Krispie element. I’m pretty basic when it comes to peanut butter and chocolate. One spoonful of peanut butter in one hand a piece of chocolate in the other, then eat a bite from each hand until gone – repeat.
In so many ways, basic is good when it comes to the major food groups, you know, chocolate & PB! So I can totally relate to this “One spoonful of peanut butter in one hand a piece of chocolate in the other, then eat a bite from each hand until gone – repeat.” You will love these bars then! Just the basics so you can really just savor them!
I love chocolate and you have shown in picture is chocolate lovers dream. Recipe without baking easier and better. Thanks!
I am just drooling here looking at these peanut butter fudge bars! As a serious peanut butter lover these bars are definitely a must make recipe for me. Pinned!
Thanks for pinning!
Averie, why must you always post recipes with ingredients I already have in the house? I made these for a gettogether today and I had none to take home after. Good think I sampled one beforehand! Perhaps a recipe next time with some obscure ingredient? Have a wonderful weekend and I hope the heat doesn’t persist:)
Wow that’s awesome that you made them basically the same day I posted them and they…disappeared without so much as one to even take home! Glad you got that sample beforehand in, too :)
Next time I’ll make a double batch:)
These look deeeeeelicious. I mean, you can’t go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter but then there’s a crunch? YASS!
Super lovely meeting you the other night, btw :) xoxo
One of my favorite combinations ever! Love the crunch factor here too :)
These look AH MAZING Averie!! Good work lady!
Pinned and stumbled :)
No one should ever have to choose between peanut butter and chocolate!
Best COMBO EVER!
Definitely adding this to the menu. :)
I am drooling over my keyboard now
Oooooooh! These are the perfect, perfect, perfect thing for me to make for our church potluck this weekend! Score.
all of your bar recipe look amazing, but I am a sucker for all things chocolate and peanut butter
OMG ~ how much do I lOVE these bars. Pinned & sharing on FB too!
Thanks for the social media lovin’! You’re the best! xoxo :)
Ooh, this sounds easy AND yummy. My cookie stash is getting low …
Yum! These would never last long in the fridge OR freeze for me… I’d eat them all too quickly!
Mmm, I will never stop loving chocolate and peanut butter together!! These bars look super duper delicious. Pinned!
Thanks for pinning!
I love these!!! It’s great that they hold so long in the refrigerator/freezer, too!
These really are insane! Great recipe Averie!
I think I could eat these and die happy! I mean, seriously– there’s nothing lacking here!! It’s a perfect dessert :)
Wow, peanut and white chocolate as the base?! Amazing, Averie! And it sounds even better topped with fudge. What a delicious treat!
I love that you combined peanut butter and chocolate into these bars!! So, so good. These look incredible! And you cut them absolutely perfectly–> granted, you always do this, but I’m still in awe of your skills :)
Girl it’s not that hard. I line all my pans with foil, pull out the slab and put it onto a cutting board, and then slice it up! Thank you though!!
You know when you see something and need to make it immediately?? This.
YAY! Well I’m glad it got your attention!
I think you need to post a hotline number for your fans who love you and your site to the point of ridiculousness! I made about 7-8 recipes last month. In this month I’ve already made three. So on Tuesday I made your m&m/oreo bars (again!). Today I made the pumpkin bundt cake with ganache. And also these bars.
I saw this post probably soon after you posted it (you had gotten only a few comments on it then thats how I know.) All it took was a glance at the pics and the ingredient list to know I had to make these. (Plus it’s so freakin’ hot here still! I live about 1.5hrs away from La Jolla and there’s not even any beach breeze here) I loved licking the bowl after the white chocolate mixture was created. :D
Averie, I don’t think there’s any hope for me. Your site is the hardest thing for me to pass up on. I’m passed obsession! Ha! I have out of town inlaws coming in…I’ll let you know if they liked the stuff I made.
Thank you as always. My main thing I still have to make by the end of 2014 is your french silk pie. If I make that it’ll bring fulfillment to me.
Lots of hugs. I hope the weather is better there. ~Iram
Iram you’re the best! I love ALL the things you made and that you made these bars within hours of me posting the recipe! I posted at an odd time for me, 315pm because I was going out for dinner and knew I wouldn’t want to post afterward, so I got the post up before I left. Glad that you loved licking the bowl! :)
pumpkin bundt cake with ganache = one of my fave cakes of all time and hope you loved it!
And the French Silk Pie really is pretty easy! These bars take just as long as that! Two layers, two mixtures. That pie filling is easy! You just turn on the mixer and let those eggs blend in, and that’s it! :)
It’s probably best that the grocery store is closed because I really really really want to go get white chocolate chips right now. And peanut butter. And rice krispies.
I can’t believe you don’t have those items on hand knowing your love of both white choc AND pb!
Let’s just say my pantry is never without those 3 things, many times over. LOL
I am imagining what these taste like. If my imagination is correct, these are extremely delicious.
Your imagination is SPOT ON! Loved these things!
Oh man this looks so decadent and yummy! I love the crunch from the krispies!!
It was totally perfect!
Incredible! My two favourite things! These look truly wonderful!
Woah!!! I seriously want a stack of these awesome bars! Chocolate and peanut butter is always a good idea…and even better when it is no bake!!!
No-bake cereal bars….as a mom, I know you can totally appreciate the ease with this type of thing :)
The crispy rice bits?! They’re callin’ to me!!!
Two-in-one is the best kind of dessert. I love that these are no-bake. What is up with the heat?? It’s 90s here!!
I KNOW. So hot. It isn’t AS hot this week but seriously the past 3-4, every time I think okay, it’s 76F and what it should be, it’ll spike back up to the low 90s for a few days. And I’m at the coast! Can only imagine how bad it is inland!
And when I was making these, I was totally thinking of your Dessert Mashups :)
Your condo doesn’t have air?? Ohmygosh Averie — that must be miserable!! I mean, I know San Diego is supposed to be pretty mild most of the time, but my grandparents live down there and boy oh boy… It can get up there SO quickly. You must own a million fans! But if the product of a hot home is these two-for-one choc + PB fudge bars… I’d take a heat wave any day of the year. ;)
It’s a building from the 60s (so many of them here are!) and nothing was outfitted with central air back then and so even though the unit has been rehabbed recently, they never put in a/c! Don’t ask me why. I like hot, but the low 90s INSIDE is even a little hot for me :)
That’s awful!! That should’ve been the first thing on their list… Especially for a food blogger who needs to use the oven year-round! ;)
Peanut butter fudge is my favorite type of fudge. LOVE your twist on it, Averie!
these look ridiculously over the top in the best way! omg!
Looks perfect! I love adding rice crispies to desserts. This is right up my alley, with the chocolate, peanut butter, and it being no bake!
These really threw me a curve ball–I had decided to make the cake on p 70 (thanks-great suggestion) and the bread from your last post (same oven temp for both with close baking times)….and now I’m wavering again after seeing this post! I’d love to sink my teeth into one of these right now–I could use some PB and chocolate with a little crunch. These look so easy too–just a few ingredients and some chill time!
Well LMK what you did end up making! Sounds like you had it all figured out…almost :)
You really can’t go wrong with any and if you did make all 3, or 2 of the 3, no matter what combo you went with, it’s a very nice variety of different things, both in terms of flavors, textures, etc…and you’ve got everything from PB to pumpkin to cinnamon-sugar flavors all covered!
Those bars are looking amazing, yum!
Why did you say to turn on the oven? I don’t see where anything is baked. Also, butter is in the ingredients for the chocolate layer, but I don’t see where it’s used in the directions. Do you need butter?
I noticed the same thing . . . a bit confusing
yea, i’m confused by this too…can you clarify please avery?
I don’t know what the confusion is about. If it’s about the butter, please see step 7 in the directions. If the confusion is about the story I told, I used this topping on BAKED brownies I made for my first cookbook. However, rather than BAKING brownies in the heat, I made a no-bake base, and then used this no-bake topping so I didn’t have to turn on my oven in the heat.
You’re right about step 7 with the butter, Averie, but when I read step 1, it says to preheat oven to 350 degrees … I figured you were having the same kind of day I have had where you’re trying to accomplish too many things at once. :)
Got it, fixed. Thank you! Yes, most some days I get 250 emails++ per day from readers, 50% of whom have a baking question. Forgive the oversight!
OOhh I love that you added the rice krispies to provide that crunch instead of using nuts…I could eat these no matter what the weather…these are perfect for wrapping up and taking with you to a football game because they look pretty sturdy and seem like they would survive being “smuggled” in!!!
They are an EXCELLENT smuggle-able treat. They survived extremely well in my daughter’s lunchbox/backpack and you know how badly kids beat things up! They can make a fluffy muffin look like a pancake in no time :)
And yes, the crunch, the texture (sans nuts!)…oh so good! Loveddddd these!
These look like winners, it’s the little krispie bits that do it for me :)
Me too, Sue! That CRUNCH…oh it was sooo good! I don’t normally hoard my own treats but these, I clung onto :)
OMG! I just want to sink my teeth into these bars!! I love that they are no-bake yet so decadent! Now I just wish you lived closer! :)
Pinned of course!
Thanks for pinning and wish I did too! You have a bigger family than me and I’d LOVE to donate all this stuff to you :)
Chocolate and peanut butter BELONG together and these bars prove it! I can’t believe how hot it is even in San Diego! We’ve been DYING up here in Sacramento – freakin’ 97 degrees all week. Supposed to cool down on Friday but I’m not holding my breath… :) Pinned!
SAME! Every time I think it’s going to stay in the mid 70s, it spikes back up to the low 90s. And I’m at the coast! Inland has got to be brutal. And it’s been like this now for most of Sept and Oct. Such an unusually hot fall!
Thanks for pinning!
Gorgeous…! I can NEVER decide between peanut butter and chocolate! But they wouldn’t keep for weeks in my fridge, I’d eat the all waaay before that!