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Peanut Butter Squares are the classic school lunchroom treat from your childhood. This no-bake dessert has a thick layer of peanut butter topped with a layer of chocolate. 🍫
Today I have a no-bake recipe for you that was one of my mom’s favorite childhood treats. She says Peanut Butter Squares were served in the lunchroom cafeteria several times a week, and she absolutely loved them. Sometimes instead of buying a lunch, she’d use her lunch money to just buy these peanut butter bars instead.
She’d never let me get away with that!
My grandma taught kindergarten at that same school so every now and then she got some to take home to my mom. And then…my grandma got the lunch ladies to give her the recipe. That’s what we’re sharing with you today.
When I first tried these no bake bars, they reminded me of the peanut butter balls that my family makes every Christmas season. Peanut butter balls require careful and tedious work, dipping each separate ball into a pool of melted chocolate.
The result is a sugary peanut butter ball coated with milk chocolate that melts in your hand if you hold it too long. It amazed me how easy it was to make these Peanut Butter Squares. They are similar to the peanut butter balls that I love so much and are so much easier to make.
This recipe is easy, but let me give you a few hints to help things go smoothly. And I’ll warn you…they may be a little messy, but they are 100% worth it.
By letting the chocolate set only for a short time, you’ll get a nice clean cut. If the chocolate completely hardens, you might end up with some broken chocolate. This is still completely edible, but just not quite as perfectly pretty.
Lock these bars up somewhere safe. I’m telling you….they’re addicting. And I’d love to hear if you have a favorite school lunchroom food that you remember enjoying!
If you love Reese’s peanut butter cups as much as we do, try one of these recipes: