Reese’s Peanut Butter Bars

filed under: Bars · Dessert on April 22, 2020

Reese’s Peanut Butter Bars are a dessert that has a peanut butter cookie crust topped with a cream cheese mixture full of chunks of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. For another Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup dessert, try my Peanut Butter Reese’s Cheesecake in a Jar.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Bars

Reese’s Candy Pie grabbed my attention for two reasons–Reese’s candy and pie. Now that is my kind of dessert! I love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, so any recipe that includes a chocolate and peanut butter balance works for me and my sweet tooth! And you don’t have to be intimidated by the pie piece (see what I did there?). This is a pie that anyone can make!

Hand Holding Up a Plate with Reese Peanut Bar on It and Sprinkled with Chopped Reeses

Peanut Butter Bars Recipe

With just a few ingredients that you probably have on hand, you can make this rich and decadent dessert. Plus, you will have the three ingredients you need to make a batch of peanut butter cookies later!

Crust Ingredients (full recipe below)

  • Peanut butter
  • Granulated sugar
  • Egg

Topping

  • Cool whip
  • Cream cheese
  • Miniature Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Fork Cutting into Reeses Peanut Butter Bar on White Plate

Reese’s Peanut Butter Bars Crust

It starts with the peanut butter cookie crust for this dessert. Yes, those are the only three ingredients you need to make my 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies. It also just happens to be perfect as a crust for this Reese’s Candy Pie! So, to make the crust, combine the peanut butter, sugar, and egg in a medium bowl. Pour this into a greased 8×8-inch pan. Bake the crust for 10-15 minutes and let it cool completely before you add the topping.

Overhead Image of Reeses Peanut Butter Bars with Piece on Fork

How to Make These Bars

Seriously, so easy!!

  • While the crust is cooling, blend the cool whip and cream cheese with a hand mixer.
  • Fold in the chopped pieces of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, making sure to reserve a few of the pieces to sprinkle on top.
  • Pour the cream cheese mixture over the cooled peanut butter crust and add a few more of those delicious Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups pieces on top.
  • Chill the candy pie in the refrigerator for a half an hour before serving.

Enjoy!

A Reeses Peanut Butter Bar with a Section Removed and Fork Resting on White Plate

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Reese's Peanut Butter Bars
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Chill
30 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 

Reese's Peanut Butter Bars is a dessert that has a peanut butter cookie crust topped with a cream cheese mixture full of chunks of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Reese's Candy Pie
Servings: 6
Calories: 611 kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke--iambaker.net
Ingredients
PEANUT BUTTER CRUST
  • 1 cup (258g) peanut butter, creamy or crunchy
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
TOPPING
  • 8 ounces cool whip
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese
  • 2 cups (about 20) miniature Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, crushed
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

  2. In a medium bowl, combine the peanut butter, sugar, and egg.

  3. Pour the peanut butter mixture into a greased 8x8-inch pan.

  4. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Allow to cool completely.

  5. Meanwhile, using a hand mixer, blend the cool whip and cream cheese until creamy.

  6. Fold in most of the crushed Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, reserving some for topping.

  7. Pour the cream cheese mixture over the peanut butter cookie crust.

  8. Sprinkle the extra Reese's Peanut Butter Cup pieces over the top.

  9. Let the pie chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes and serve.

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  • Arlene Skokna says:

    I’m guessing I could use real whipped cream? Love 💕 your recipes, use them lots!

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Yes, of course!

  • Diana Miranda says:

    How can I substitute the peanut butter for a lemon base?

  • Natalie says:

    What is cool whip? I’m in the uk so not sure what this is. Thanks

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Whipped cream.

  • Brenda says:

    Awesome recipes

  • Pamela says:

    I see I can use real whipped cream instead of Cool Whip, but how can I make the topping with more actual peanut butter vs. the peanut butter cups…..possibly peanut butter chips??, maybe?
    I haven’t made this awesome recipe as yet, but then the bottom layer crust does it need any flour I take it? Thank you!!….cannot wait to try it Amanda!!!

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      I work with iambaker and am happy to help out with questions!
      Hi, Pamela. If you want to add peanut butter to the cool whip/cream cheese mixture, I would recommend folding it in a little bit at a time until you get your desired taste. If you take out the peanut butter cups completely, you will be missing out on that chocolate flavor. You are correct–no flour in the crust. Let me know how it turns out!

  • Jan lambert says:

    What is cool whip?

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      I work with iambaker and am happy to help out with questions!
      Hi, Jan. Cool Whip is a store-bought brand of whipped cream. I hope this helps!

  • Pamela says:

    Oops!….sorry one more question…..in using real whipped cream instead of Cool Whip, will it be more difficult to fold in the cream cheese into the real whipped cream as opposed to the Cool Whip? Will the whipped cream break down and not stand up to folding in the cream cheese?

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      I work with iambaker and am happy to help out with questions!
      Hi, again! You should have the same results using real whipped cream as a store-bought cool whip.

  • Joan Riccio Winston says:

    I have never disliked one of your recipes, but this just didn’t taste good. I used quality ingredients, no substitutions, but not a good outcome.

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Sorry you didn’t like it Joan! What didn’t you like? It’s Reese’s cheesecake with peanut butter cookie and whipped topping… I’m struggling to understand what could have not tasted good. Thanks.

  • Katie says:

    Very rich and yummy. I added additional whipped topping to help make the cream cheese a little less rich. Easy yummy treat