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These no bake chocolate peanut butter caramel bars are super easy to make and perfect when you want an ooey gooey summer treat!


I’ve been craving ooey-gooey sweets lately — you know, melty caramely chocolaty stuff. Usually, when I think of ooey-gooey desserts, cakes, cookies and anything baked comes to mind. But since it’s the middle of summer, I’m trying to avoid turning on the oven — it’s just way too hot out for that!

Still, I really wanted a treat, and so did the kids. We’ve been putting a lot of time and effort into training this little cutie all week, and I think we all needed a little indulgence. Isn’t she sweet? She’s also super smart, and she’s a fast learner, but she’s into everything. And, her fur brother is still avoiding her, so she needs some extra attention at night.

But who’s complaining?


Anyway, back to dessert. You’ve probably had no bake chocolate peanut butter bars before. They’re pretty common. I’ve been making them since the older kiddos were small, and my oldest still  loves them. I posted a chocolate version when I first started blogging and some peanut butter eggs around Easter

So I thought I would try a caramel version this time.

It’s really the same basic recipe except that you add a caramel layer. I took the easy way out with these and used jarred caramel sauce — because I wanted to keep these as simple as possible. But you could definitely use homemade caramel if you want.

I also added some crushed graham crackers to the top — just for a little extra contrast and crunch.


The caramel layer is soft and slightly runny and very gooey, which is perfect I think! 


How to Make No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Bars

4.50 from 2 votes

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Bars

By: Dee
No-bake chocolate peanut butter bars with an added layer of caramel
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 20


  • For the filling
  • 1 cup smooth all natural peanut butter
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 cups crushed graham crackers
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • for the frosting
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 ½ cups semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • for the caramel layer
  • 1 cup jarred caramel sauce
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  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and peanut butter with an electric mixer until smooth
  • Stir in 1 cup of powdered sugar, and mix well
  • Add the second cup of powdered sugar and the graham cracker crumbs, and mix until fully combined (you may need to use your hands for this part since mixture is thick)
  • Add the chocolate chips, and press mixture into greased 13X9-inch baking dish
  • Pour the caramel sauce over the peanut butter layer, and refrigerate until firm
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, melt the second cup of peanut butter and chocolate chips on low heat (you can do this on the stove or in the microwave for about 30 seconds)
  • Stir in the vanilla extract
  • Pour frosting over the caramel layer, smooth out with spatula, and top with extra crushed graham crackers, if desired
  • Store in refrigerator until ready to serve


Calories: 487kcal, Carbohydrates: 48g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 30g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 25mg, Sodium: 340mg, Potassium: 333mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 25g, Vitamin A: 305IU, Calcium: 43mg, Iron: 2.5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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I took these pictures right after I made the bars, so they’re a little wet looking. They firm up in the fridge, and the consistency is fine. I would definitely recommend keeping them in the fridge, though.

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Bars

We loved these no bake chocolate peanut butter caramel bars, and I don’t think they’ll last long at all. And, they were exactly what I needed!



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  1. LaDonna Bitters says:

    So Yummy! I’ve been having some trouble with my chocolate seizing up lately so my first attempt at the frosting was a bust but I had little bit left over from another recipe so I was able to get these frosted & they are REALLY GOOD. Thanks.4 stars

  2. LISA says:

    This recipe sounds wonderful. I wrote it down and have a question. The filling calls for 1 cup peanut butter. The directions for the filling have you beat butter and peanut butter….then add a second cup peanut butter after the powdered sugar. So, does the filling actually get 2 cups peanut butter and the topping uses an additional 1 cup? Or does the topping not use peanut butter (although the directions do say to melt it with the chocolate chips)? Thanks!

    1. Dee says:

      It should say to add a second cup of powdered sugar and mix well. I updated the directions so they’re correct now. This is what I get for typing things up late at night! Thanks for your question! 🙂

  3. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Dee,
    Your little friend is just adorable! Your bars look amazing and I would really love one right now. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you are having a great day and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen5 stars

  4. Cathy Trochelman says:

    That gooey caramel HAS me! YUM!

  5. Jen @ The Weary Chef says:

    these caramel bars have me drooling! I love no bake desserts! 😀 YUM!

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks, Jen. No bake desserts are awesome!

  6. Krista says:

    Ooey and Gooey is my kind of dessert!

  7. Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen says:

    Your puppy is too cute for words! And, these bars….wow! I’m in love!

  8. carrie @ frugal foodie mama says:

    These bars looks amazing! LOVE the caramel! And congrats on the newest member of your family. 🙂

  9. Amy Stafford says:

    Your puppy is so cute!! These bars look like the perfect sweet treat to keep up the energy level to train a puppy.

    1. Dee says:

      Aww, thanks! I think we’ll be going through a lot of these bars. 🙂

  10. Becky Hardin | The Cookie Rookie says:

    Oh yes please!!! I will take one!!! That caramel looks amazing.

    1. Dee says:

      What’s funny is that I’m not a huge caramel fan, but in this case, I think the caramel makes the dessert complete