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Homemade Reese’s Bars

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These Homemade Reese’s Bars will make you swoon, especially if you love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!  Super easy to make, and the perfect no-bake indulgence. Whip up a batch when it’s too hot to turn on the oven or anytime you have a Reese’s craving. They’re even better than your favorite Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

If you’re addicted to Reese’s, these No Bake Peanut Butter Bars are made for you! With only a handful of ingredients, it won’t take long before you dig in! You won’t want to share, they’re just that delicious!

Homemade Reese's Bars stacked on a roung plate with shelled peanuts

Homemade Reese’s Bars

Do you adore the chocolate peanut butter combination? Are you a Reese’s fan? Two out of three of my children must have pb cups in their stockings and Easter baskets (yes, I still buy my grown kids holiday treats!). And though I’ve only eaten one courtesy bite of a peanut butter sandwich at age 6 (I was not a fan), I cannot resist peanut butter sweets, especially when it’s one of those super simple No Bake Desserts.

Well neither can Danielle, my foodie friend who writes the blog Hugs and Cookies XOXO. I had to whip up her Chocolate Topped Peanut Butter Bars. They did not disappoint!! If you’d like to double the filling, check out my Better Than Reese’s Bars, which is this exact recipe but with twice the peanut butter filling. You decide which recipe is calling your name!

Better Than Reese's Peanut Butter Bars in a white bowl

How to Make No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

I cut up these irresistible chocolate peanut butter bars and took them to two events. I was not surprised that these were the first to fly off my goodie trays. There’s something about Reese’s fans–they cannot get enough of this sublime combination of chocolate and peanut butter.

As a bonus, these Homemade Reese’s Bars are no bake. Who doesn’t love a No Bake Dessert? Just mix melted butter, graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar and peanut butter and pat into a pan. Then top with a simple mixture of melted chocolate and a touch of oil. That’s it! There’s no excuse not to make these for the Reese’s lovers in your life! Thanks, Danielle, for another marvelous recipe!!!

PRO-Tip: Cut your bars with a hot dry knife. The heat will help the knife glide right through the chocolate topping. Check the two methods below in my tips. See my post on How to Cut Perfect Bar Cookies for more tips.

3 Homemade Reese's Bars stacked on a white egg shaped plate

Tips for Making These Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

  • Make sure you use smooth peanut butter as chunky would make these difficult to slice. I use Jif brand.
  • Top with semisweet or milk chocolate. Milk chocolate will taste even more like Reese’s, but semisweet gives a nice contrast to the very sweet peanut butter layer.
  • Use an offset spatula to spread the chocolate layer over the bars.
  • Adding the oil may seem strange, but it gives a glossy look to the topping and makes the chocolate a little more pliable.
  • Slicing chilled bars can be difficult as the chocolate tends to crack. Let the bars sit at room temperature before slicing, and use a hot dry knife to help glide through the chocolate layer.
  • The peanut butter layer can be crumbly when slicing, but even imperfect slices taste amazing. Plus, you can press any crumbs back onto the base of the bars using your offset spatula.
  • PRO-Tip: I like to carefully hold my knife over the flame of my gas burner to warm up the knife. Do this carefully so not to burn yourself or ruin your knife.
  • Alternatively, run your knife under very hot water, then dry the knife blade and slice.
  • PRO- Tip: These bars freeze wonderfully. Just layer with wax or parchment paper in an airtight container.
  • These bars will keep for 3+ months in the freezer and 3-4 days in the fridge when kept in an airtight container. Though, I think they’d still be tasty up to a week in the refrigerator.
Homemade Reese's Bars on a round white plate viewed from above

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3 Homemade Reese's Bars stacked on a white egg shaped plate

Homemade Reese's Bars

A homemade version of the classic Reese's Peanut Butter Cup in bar form. Recipe courtesy of Hugs and Cookies XOXO

Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 16 bars


  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil


  1. Combine butter, graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar and peanut butter in medium bowl.
  2. When well combined, pat into a well greased or non-stick foil lined 8 x 8 inch pan. Refrigerate while preparing topping.
  3. Melt chocolate chips and oil together in microwave, stirring every 30 seconds or so, till smooth.
  4. Spread over top of peanut butter layer. Refrigerate at least an hour before cutting.


Use a hot knife to cut bars to minimize cracking the chocolate layer.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 325Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 195mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 2gSugar: 23gProtein: 5g


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On the second Monday of each month, Danielle and I cook up something from each other’s blog. Every treat I pull from her blog is a show stopper. I never have to worry whether we’ll like it or not. We always do!

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Hugs & Cookies XOXO



This recipe was first shared in January, 2015. The text and photos were updated in 2019.

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48 comments on “Homemade Reese’s Bars”

  1. Reese’s are my favorite, these bars look divine!

  2. You make the prettiest bars, Liz 🙂 I adore Reese’s and they sound even better in bar form! So delicious!

  3. Yum, and peanut butter makes them good for breakfast too! …Right?:@)

  4. Oh yummy! I would finish them all 🙂

  5. What a great party treats, Liz! Bet they’re a classic favourite!

  6. I am sure you wont be surprised if I say i have never even heard of Reese’s since its not sold here. But i would love to try them. They sound fantastic.

  7. I cannot keep my hands off of peanut butter and chocolate desserts. These look fantastic! No wonder they were the first to go.

  8. These sound delicious! My husband loves reeses and never say no to that. These bars totally won his heart!

  9. Reeses peanut butter cups are my fave. . were my fave as a kid and into adulthood. . I should not be looking at these gorgeous treats right now because I started a cleanse today .. ugh what was I thinking?!

  10. I can’t pass up a peanut butter and chocolate recipe, especially a no bake one! Pinned! 🙂

  11. OMGeeee they are soooo easy to make too! Pinning for later! This looks AWESOME!

  12. Talk about delicious! These look FANTASTIC! I am a sucker for all things peanut butter!

  13. You know that Lizzy!! yours Bars look amazing!!!!!

    (when have time see my sidebar I put my female dog Mouska! and some roses, I love roses!!

  14. I made them like this once and when I got them to this point I turned them over and drizzled chocolate on the other side as well. Mine were much smaller though. That way I can eat more than one. LOL

  15. Divinely decadent & peanut-buttery!! xx

  16. I totally love making a version of these for those last-minute dessert trays! No wonder they fly off the trays 😉 also, for the record, my parents also give me stocking stuffers–ahem–no PB cups though! maybe I should suggest that?

  17. yepp-I’m a pb/choc fan alright! These bars look SO rich and perfect and delicioussss

  18. Chocolate and peanut butter? Count me in!

  19. Oh yeah, Reese’s bars yummos! Love the tag: twosweetiepies 🙂

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

  20. They look really inviting with the combo of chocolate and peanut butter!

  21. Simply damn delicious sweet bites!!!

  22. These look so divine Liz, I love how simple these treats are.

  23. Easy-to-make and the most delicious bars!!

  24. Holly molly! Who wouldn’t be thrilled to devour such scrumptious bars? Chocolate and peanut butter together make a winner combination.

  25. If I made a batch of these bars I wouldn’t leave them alone until they were gone. I don’t think there is a more delicious combination of flavors.

  26. Liz these bars looks divine ! I can’t start my résolutions with these delicious temptations !!

  27. I rarely buy candy bars like this but when I do it often is Reese’s. Love the pb and choco combo. These bars, improved on an already great recipe, looks so amazing – salivating now.

  28. Oh yes, I’ll have a box full. I have 2 large bottles of organic peanut butter, I need to make these soon. Perfect.

  29. Your reese’s bars should be sold, please say you will think about it! 😛

    Choc Chip Uru

  30. YES, I do love Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups! This bar recipe is a keeper! Peanut butter and chocolate together are always a hit!

  31. Did I read that right, Liz? At age 6 you took a bite of a PB sandwich and said no thank you? Well, this Reese’s and anything PB fan is grateful you’ve shared this yummy-in-a-hurry no-bake dessert! =)

  32. Double the peanut butter, double the deliciousness! Excellent choice, Liz!

  33. That is one generous helping of peanut butter. Love it!

  34. OMG those look delicious! I love all things peanut butter.

  35. Muah!!! They are delish!!! ((hugs))

  36. oh yeah cant go wrong with this easy recipe to share all summer long at parties! love it!

  37. nothing beats pb & chocolate! can’t wait to make these for my family

  38. I love these! Never thought about making my own! I am going to try these with almond butter, that is our favorite! 

  39. Easily one of my favorite flavor combos! Such a delicious recipe!

  40. This is simply the best pie for Halloween parties with kids. I made it for my niece and her friends and they went crazy for it. Can’t imagine a better dessert for this time of the year.

  41. This is such an amazing treat! A huge hit at my house! My kids are requesting it again!

  42. The quality of commercial peanut butter bars has been decreasing over the years where it is more sweet than peanutty so we haven’t indulged in some time, but this recipe has our name written all over it! I’m definitely making these for a dinner party next week!

  43. Liz, these homemade Reese’s bars would be so dangerous around me. Reese’s is my favorite candy bar. At least there’s only 2 in a pack! These look absolutely irresistible!

  44. Dear Liz, your homemade Reese’s bar cookies look completely irresistible. Love chocolate, love peanut butter, so, I just know that this is my kind of dessert.
    Thanks for a wonderful recipe and for all your tips, especially the one about cutting perfect slices with a hot, dry knife!

  45. I am indeed swooning! I never met a person who didn’t LOVE chocolate and peanut butter together. These bars are amazing. 🙂 ~Valentina

  46. I’ve been making these for over 30 years and they are definitely a family favorite. Glad holiday baking and candy making time is coming up!!

  47. Not only are these bars cut perfectly that glaze is silky smooth and I bet irresistible.

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