No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars Recipe

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For dessert or snacking, these crunchy, peanut butter bars from Mrs. W. Franklin of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta are sure to please. But plan ahead—they need to chill.
Recommended: Top 10 Dessert Bars
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup cornflakes
  • ICING:
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 159 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 101mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a heavy saucepan, heat brown sugar and corn syrup over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Stir in peanut butter and vanilla; mix well. Fold in cereals. Spread into a greased 11-in. x 7-in. pan. Combine icing ingredients in another saucepan; cook and stir over medium heat for 8 minutes or until sugar is dissolved and icing has thickened slightly. Pour over bars; spread evenly. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before cutting. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars in Country Woman January/February 2000, p26

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