Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars with Cinnamon

I don’t usually go in for the no-bake desserts. But I do usually go in for peanut butter. By the truckload spoonful. This is a variation of a classic peanut butter and chocolate no-bake bar recipe that is wildly popular and extremely simple. In my iteration, I’ve stirred in cinnamon (because I think it’s really peanut butter’s best friend – step aside, grape jelly) and honey. These flavors help the dessert taste slightly more grown up. 

The true test to find out whether or not you have actually attained adulthood is to see if you can wait the recommended half-hour for the dish to cool and the chocolate to firm. By this measure, I’m marrying a man-child. He waited for me to finish telling him that he needed to let the dessert chill for thirty minutes. Once the words were out of my mouth, the spatula was in the chocolate and he had served himself a big, messy portion: 

Of course, the flavor is the same whether or not the presentation is perfect, but be patient all the same. Speaking of patience, this is definitely a recipe that I recommend using a Kitchenaid standing mixer to prepare, if you have one. I have only had a Kitchenaid for less than a year (it was my Christmas present), but it really is a game changer. Peanut butter based desserts can be awfully difficult to stir with a hand mixer. The honey and other sticky ingredients don’t help the cause much, either. 

So I suppose my pitch is to encourage you to buy a Kitchenaid so that you can make more peanut butter desserts faster? By the way, I’m not in marketing. But just try this recipe, it’s really good, I promise. 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars with Cinnamon
Makes 12 small bars or 9 large bars

You will need:

  • 1 2/3 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup + 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon 
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 
  • 1/2 tsp. canola oil
  • In a large bowl, mix together graham cracker crumbs and softened butter. 
  • Fold in 1 cup peanut butter, powdered sugar, honey, salt, cinnamon and vanilla extract. 
  • Mix to combine thoroughly, five minutes or so. 
  • Line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper and spread peanut butter mixture evenly, pressing down as needed: 
  • Pour chocolate chips and canola oil into a small microwave-safe bowl.
  • Microwave for 25 seconds and stir. Repeat if needed for another 15 seconds. 
  • Spread chocolate mixture evenly over peanut butter mixture.
  • Let cool for thirty minutes and enjoy the fruits of your patience. The “fruits” here would mean peanut butter bars firm enough to play Jenga with: 

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Comments 3

  1. Ellie

    Mmmmmm it's making me wanna drool!!! It looks delish and I can't blame you man child for doing that haha~you're really funny, and I like your writing 🙂 I'm here for the first time. Have a great day!

    19 September, 2013
  2. Jamie Claire

    Thank you so much for your kind words! That just makes my day. Your blog is lovely and your daughter is adorable!! So glad to meet you 🙂

    20 September, 2013
  3. marina miouprincess

    omg,this looks so mouthwatering! I haven't got any graham crackers otherwise I would be making these RIGHT NOW! they just went on my list,can't wait to try these bars!!!

    25 January, 2014

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