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Posted by on Dec 17, 2012 in Desserts | 2 comments

No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

Christmas now is so different than Christmas when I was 7. Kids don’t realize how good they have it. I guess that is the beauty of being a kid?  Kids get to bask in all their gifts on Christmas morning without worrying about returning the generosity. I feel pressured to buy gifts for people I’ve known longer than 30 minutes. I’m coming to terms with the fact that I won’t have money in my bank account again until mid January. Baking has become my poor man’s version of still being able to participate in this holiday season…

I went out yesterday with the intention of doing some Christmas shopping. Buuuuuut, there was this really cute top(s) at Anthropology…and this adorable workout jacket in Lululemon….and this adorable scarf in Banana Republic….and this candle that smelled like in the most adorable jar…and this perfume that I’ve been seriously needing (no, seriously – I stink). Long story short, I still haven’t bought the first gift for anybody. Okay? Okay. Stop Judging. I’m going to make people these no bake peanut butter bars instead…

Assuming I don’t eat them all before I can wrap them up and hand them out. These babies are delicious and so easy to make. Don’t tell people that they’re easy to make though. Let them think you spent hours in the kitchen making these treats. It can be our little secret that you don’t even need to turn on your oven. There are 2 simple layers. A crunchy peanut buttery mixture comprises the bottom layer…

And all that goodness is topped with melted chocolate and butterscotch…

They’re easy, delicious and addicting and you can deliver them to your friends and family in a cute Christmas tin while wearing that new Anthropology top and Banana Republic scarf. Win-win. The more I think on it, being an adult at Christmas does have its perks. You can spike your eggnog and play under the mistletoe. 7 year olds can’t do that.


  • 1/2 Cup sugar
  • 1 cup Light karo syrup
  • 1 1/2 Cups peanut butter
  • 6 Cups Special K cereal
  • 6 oz. Butterscotch chips
  • 6 oz. Chocolate chips


Bring sugar and syrup to a boil. Stir in peanut butter. Mix with cereal. Press into baking dish and cool. Melt chocolate and butterscotch and pour on top. Chill and cut into squares.

*Note: Keep out of reach of labs and vizlas.*

I think I can safely say that a new puppy won’t be on Ob’s Christmas list this year. We saw the cutest Vizsla puppy at the dog park this weekend and I got showered in sweet puppy kisses…

And Ob about lost her mind and that sweet puppy about lost its face. She’s a jealous little thing.

She was almost placed on the naughty list. Apparently, we need an Elf on the Shelf to keep her in line. Seriously – have you guys heard of this elf? I want one and I want Dave to make it move every night. Is that asking too much?



  1. OH hell yeah to those sweet fattening deliciousness. I think I found my new craving. PB and chocolate. I am totally making these tonight and I am not sure I will be sharing any!

  2. I hope you like them as much as I do! And you’re right – sharing is totally overrated! 😉
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