Peanut Butter Oreo Bars have all the rich taste of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup with a chewy Oreo crust. An easy no-bake dessert that’s perfect for parties.
When it comes to crowd-pleasing Dessert Recipes it’s hard to think of three ingredients better than Oreo, chocolate, and peanut butter. Putting them together is creamy, crunchy perfection. For another easy Oreo dessert to try at your next party take a look at Magic Oreo Layer Bars.
PEANUT BUTTER OREO BARS
Rich and creamy bars, like Peanut Butter Oreo Bars, are perfect for a simple treat, or dessert to bring to a party. Kids and adults alike will love the sweet chocolate, creamy peanut butter, and crunchy Oreo crust. They’re wonderfully sweet with a nice saltiness from the peanut butter. Bar recipes are always great for a crowd because they’re made in big batches. For another no-bake bar recipe try Chocolate Marshmallow Peanut Butter Bars.
If you do bring this dessert to a party, make sure you don’t take it out of the fridge until you have to. The peanut butter filling and chocolate topping are best served chilled. Otherwise they become melty and sticky. If you know they’ll be left out at the party for a while, try keeping them in your freezer beforehand so they start out colder.
You’ll be glad you did, when you try the cool and refreshing chocolate treat. The most difficult part of this whole recipe is finding the patience to wait for them to harden in the fridge before eating them.
HOW TO MAKE THE LAYERS
- Oreo Crumb Crust: add 14 Oreos to your food processor and blend until they’re in fine crumbs. Mix the oreo crumbs with 2 tablespoons of melted butter, and press the mixture into an even layer along the bottom of your baking dish. Freeze for 10 minutes until hardened.
- Peanut Butter Layer: Add 1 cup melted butter, 2 cups of graham cracker crumbs, and 1 cup of peanut butter to the stand mixer. Mix all the ingredients until combined. Add in 2 cups of powdered sugar with the mixer on its lowest speed. Keep mixing until well combined and fluffy. Use a spatula to spread the peanut butter filling over the oreo crust. Once spread out evenly return the pan to the freezer.
- Chocolate Layer: Put a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat. Add in 4 tablespoons of peanut butter and 1 ½ cups of semisweet chocolate chips. Stir the mixture continuously until melted and creamy. Remove the bars from the fridge and pour the chocolate topping over it. Tilt the pan to get the melted chocolate to spread. Return the completed bars to the fridge for 2 hours before serving.
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Other than that, this recipe is so easy it’s a great one to let your kids help out with. The only part you need the stove for is the chocolate topping, so depending on how young your kids are you can just handle that yourself.
If you let your kids help, you do risk some of the Oreos and chocolate chips never making it into the Peanut Butter Oreo Bars. So, just make sure to have some extra on hand. Honestly, snacking on the ingredients is part of the fun of this dessert anyway.
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VARIATIONS ON PEANUT BUTTER OREO BARS
- Graham Cracker Crust: Don’t have Oreos? no worries! Instead of using Oreos in the crust, you can use graham cracker crumbs. Blend them up the same way you would Oreos and combine the crumbs with butter. To keep it chocolate, use chocolate graham crackers.
- Crunchy Peanut Butter: For some extra crunch in your Peanut Butter Oreo Bars, try using your favorite crunchy peanut butter in the filling. If you have creamy peanut butter, you could also mix whole peanuts into the mixture yourself.
- Chocolate Chips: Change up the taste of your chocolate topping depending on what chocolate chips you use. Instead of semisweet chocolate chips try out milk chocolate, dark chocolate, or even white chocolate chips.
- Toppings: For toppings try adding crushed peanuts or coarse sea salt over the top of your Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars. Sprinkle the toppings over the melted chocolate before you put the bars in the fridge.
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HOW TO STORE PEANUT BUTTER OREO BARS
- Serve: To keep your Peanut Butter Oreo Bars from melting, don’t leave them at room temperature for more than an hour or two.
- Store: You can store Oreo Bars in the fridge in an airtight container for 3-4 days.
- Freeze: Freeze these delicious Peanut Butter Bars for up to 4 months. Let them thaw in the fridge overnight before eating them.
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter , melted
- 14 Oreos
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter , melted
- 1 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 1 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 4 tablespoons peanut butter
- Add Oreos to a food processor and process until fine crumbs are formed.
- Mix butter and Oreos and press into 8x8 baking pan evenly and freeze for 10 minutes.
- In a stand mixer add the butter, graham cracker crumbs and peanut butter until creamy, about 1 minute.
- Add in the powdered sugar on the lowest speed setting until well combined and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
- Gently spread the peanut butter filling into the baking dish evenly and return to the freezer.
- In a medium saucepan on medium heat add the peanut butter and chocolate chips.
- Stir constantly until smooth then pour over the peanut butter layer and tilt to spread.
- Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before slicing.