No Bake- Peanut Butter Bars


No Bake Peanut Butter Bars are my ALL time favorite recipe! This dessert brings back so many memories for me. I know, how does a dessert bring back memories? 

PeanutButter Bars-Hollywood Squares

The first memory and most important is my Grandma, she made this recipe for us every Christmas! There were a few staples that we had to have every year from Grandma; Peanut Butter bars a.k.a Hollywood squares, cheesecake, jello with cream cheese and orange glaze Pillsbury biscuits.

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The second memory is my school day lunches. My school system made and served this all time recipe once every week. It was the favorite dessert of all the kids. If you would ask anyone from Cuyahoga Falls what the favorite dessert was and they all would say Hollywood Squares.


No Bake Peanut Butter Bars
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  1. 1/2 cup melted butter
  2. 2 cups peanut butter
  3. 2 1/2 cups powered sugar
  4. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  5. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  6. 1 cup graham crackers(crumbs)
  7. 1 bag chocolate chip morsels
  1. Beat all ingredients until well blended(except chocolate chips)
  2. Press in bottom of a 9 x 13 baking pan.
  3. Melt 1 bag chocolate chip morsels and spread over peanut butter layer.
  4. Chill, cut into squares.
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 I love ALL things peanut butter, add a little chocolate and I am in heaven. I don’t know who is a bigger fan of Hollywood Squares, me or my sister? I make my sister her own entire batch of Hollywood Squares for Christmas.


What about you, what is that one dessert that you can’t live without?



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10 Responses to No Bake- Peanut Butter Bars

  1. I’ve been looking for this recipe for years…I went to Barberton High, and we had these on a regular basis there too. I made them tonight for my kids and my brother. Everyone loved them, and my brother said they turned out even better than the ones from our BHS days. I made one change (based on another version I found online)…I mixed some melted peanut butter into the chocolate chips for the topping…it makes it spread really easily and it still firmed up nicely once chilled. Thanks for the memories!

    • Sarah, I like the idea of adding some peanut butter to the chocolate layer! I will have to try that when I make them next week.

    • Mary, that is so cool! I will always make these every year since they are my favorite, my sisters and my nephew’s favorite. My grandmother made them every year for Christmas, so I had to continue the tradition. I graduated in 86. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. Have a Merry Christmas!

  2. Hello DeDe! I stumbled across your Hollywood Square post on Pinterest. I was intrigued to see your blog and your story about the Hollywood Square. As a Cuyahoga Falls grad (class of 1993) I also have very clear and happy memories of this delightful treat. Thank you for sharing and I will be sure to make them for nostalgia’s sake.

  3. I love all the ingredients! This needs to be on my plate soon!
    Thank you for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza – hope to see you there again this week with more of your deliciousness 🙂

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