4 No Bake Treats

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Four delicious, easy, and no-baking required Christmas treats. These no bake treats are perfect for holiday parties or gifts!

Below is an individual recipe for each of the no bake treats. Click HERE to pin these delicious no bake treats to your dessert or holiday board!

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NO BAKE PEANUT BUTTER BARS

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Peanut Butter Bars

5 from 1 vote
These are the easiest and tastiest Peanut Butter Bars -- they start with a thick and sweet peanut butter base and get finished with a smooth chocolate topping! These bars are only 7 ingredients and don't require any baking.
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Peanut Butter Bars

5 from 1 vote
These are the easiest and tastiest Peanut Butter Bars -- they start with a thick and sweet peanut butter base and get finished with a smooth chocolate topping! These bars are only 7 ingredients and don't require any baking.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 1 9x9 pan
Author Chelsea

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 8 full sheets graham cracker crumbs (~1 cup (118g))
  • 2 cups (215g) powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (270g) creamy peanut butter (+ 2 tablespoons) (Note 1)
  • 1 cup (170g) 170g milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips (Note 2)

Instructions

  • PREP: Line an 8×8-inch pan (thicker bars) or 9×9-inch pan (thinner bars) with parchment paper or foil. Set aside. Melt butter in microwave and then set aside to cool to room temperature. (Hot butter is going to melt the sugar and make these bars overly greasy.) Crumble graham crackers into a blender or food processor and blend to get crumbs. Otherwise, add crackers to a gallon plastic bag, seal it without air, and crush crackers to crumbs with a frying pan, rolling pin, or meat mallet. (Note 3)
  • MIX: Add melted (but cooled) butter, salt, graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar, vanilla, and 1 cup peanut butter to a large bowl. Use hand mixers or a wooden spoon to mix until you have a thick dough. Press this dough into an even layer in the base of the prepared pan. Place in the fridge while preparing the topping.
  • TOPPING: Meanwhile, add the chocolate chips and the remaining 2 tablespoons peanut butter to a microwave safe bowl. Microwave in bursts of 15 seconds, stirring in between each burst for 10 seconds until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Pour the melted chocolate over the peanut butter bars and tap the pan on the table a few times to get the chocolate in an even layer.
  • LET SET: Chill in the fridge until bars are firm, about 1-1/2 hours. Allow to sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes before cutting. Cut into the bars with a hot sharp knife (run the knife under hot water, dry it off, and then immediately cut the bars).
  • STORAGE: Cover leftover bars tightly and refrigerate for 5-7 days. To freeze: wrap each bar individually in plastic wrap and then store the wrapped bars in a large plastic bag or freezer safe container. Thaw bars overnight in the fridge. Freeze for up to 3 months.

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Recipe Notes

Note 1: Peanut Butter: Any creamy and thick peanut butter will work; we love Skippy® Creamy Peanut Butter best. We don't recommend a natural peanut butter that needs stirring, it will make the bars overly greasy.
Note 2: Chocolate: If you like sweet desserts and enjoy sweet chocolate-peanut butter candy (like Reese's), use milk chocolate as the topping. Otherwise, use semi-sweet or dark chocolate for a less sweet treat. Stick to whatever flavor of chocolate you like best or a combination of a couple of kinds. We like milk and semi-sweet chocolate mixed (half and half) or plain milk chocolate best! The better the quality chocolate chips, the better the flavor of these bars will be.
Note 3: Crushing Graham Crackers: To ensure there aren’t large chunks of graham cracker in the bars, which will affect texture, blend the graham crackers until they are crumbs. Add any large pieces that didn’t blend completely back into the blender and blend again.

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THIN MINT BITES

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Thin Mint Bites

5 from 1 vote
Think oreo truffles with a delicious minty twist!
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Thin Mint Bites

5 from 1 vote
Think oreo truffles with a delicious minty twist!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 22 bites
Author Chelsea

Ingredients

  • 16-18 regular oreos
  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 bag Andes Creme De Menthe Baking Chips

Instructions

  • Line a mini muffin tin with mini muffin cups. Set aside.
  • No need to separate the oreos - you'll use the cookie and the creme.
  • In a blender or food processor, process the oreos (start with 16 and pulse 2 extra if the mixture is too wet) until you get a fine crumb consistency. Pour into a bowl.
  • Add in the softened cream cheese and mix, using hand mixers, until a thick and wet dough has been created. This takes a bit of patience. Just keep stirring, you'll get there! 
  • Pinch off little balls of the dough and roll into small circles. You should have about 22 circles total. Flatten the circles to be the width of the mini muffin tin cavity.
  • In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt 1/2 cup of Andes chocolate chips for 30 seconds. Remove from the microwave and stir for 30 seconds and then return for 15 more seconds if they aren't all the way melted.
  • Pour enough chocolate to barely coat the bottom of the muffin cup. Press the oreo cream cheese "dough" into the chocolate.
  • Pour more chocolate to cover the oreo "dough" completely. 
  • Let harden at room temperature and store any leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container.

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NO BAKE CHEWY TURTLE BARS

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No Bake Turtle Bars

5 from 1 vote
Your favorite "turtle" flavors -- chocolate, pecans, and gooey caramel in one easy-to-make bar!
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No Bake Turtle Bars

5 from 1 vote
Your favorite "turtle" flavors -- chocolate, pecans, and gooey caramel in one easy-to-make bar!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 1 8 x 8 pan
Author Chelsea

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped
  • 1 and 3/4 cups + 1/3 cup milk chocolate chips, separated
  • 1 bag (4.51 ounces) soft caramels (I recommend Werther's)
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons heavy cream (no substitutes)
  • Optional topping: sea salt

Instructions

  • Line an 8 x 8 pan with parchment paper OR tin foil and set aside.
  • To optionally toast the nuts (TONS of flavor and highly recommended, follow steps 3-5 . Otherwise skip to step 6)
  • Place a large frying pan on the stove top and turn to medium high heat.
  • As soon as the pan has warmed up, spread the nuts evenly in the pan. (No need to add any oil or cooking spray because the nuts already have enough oil to be able to be roasted)
  • Stir often until the nuts begin to smell fragrant. Remove from heat and the pan (don't leave them in the pan or they will continue to cook) and set aside. Watch the nuts carefully because they can go from perfect to burned very quickly.
  • Meanwhile, melt 1 and 3/4 cup chocolate chips in the microwave. Place in a microwave safe bowl and microwave in bursts of 15 seconds, stirring in between each burst for 10 seconds until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
  • Pour the melted chocolate in the bottom of the prepared pan and smooth. Tap the pan a few times on the counter to rid air bubbles and help smooth the chocolate.
  • Spread the pecans in an even layer over the melted chocolate.
  • In another microwave safe bowl, combine the unwrapped soft caramels and heavy cream. Microwave in bursts of 20 seconds, stirring in between each burst for 10 seconds until the caramels and melted and smooth. Spread the caramel over the pecans.
  • Melt the remaining 1/3 cup milk chocolate chips in the microwave. Pour the melted chocolate into a small plastic bag and cut off the tip. Pipe the melted chocolate over the caramel layer in stripes.
  • If desired top with sea salt.
  • Allow the bars to harden at room temperature.

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COOKIE BUTTER MELTAWAYS

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Cookie Butter Meltaways

5 from 1 vote
Creamy, melt-in-your-mouth cookie butter (biscoff) bites
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Cookie Butter Meltaways

5 from 1 vote
Creamy, melt-in-your-mouth cookie butter (biscoff) bites
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 24 mini cookie butter bites
Author Chelsea

Ingredients

  • 1 cup White Chocolate Chips (high quality chips)
  • 1/2 cup Milk Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 cup Cookie Butter or Biscoff Spread
  • 1 tablespoon Shortening
  • Optional: additional 1/3 cup white chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Prepare a miniature muffin tin by lining it with paper muffin tin liners. Set aside.
  • Combine all of the ingredients in a large microwave safe bowl and microwave in bursts of 25 seconds stirring in between each burst for 15 seconds until the mixture is completely melted.
  • Stir until ingredients are completely smooth and then spoon evenly into prepared miniature muffin tin.
  • If desired, melt the additional 1/3 cup white chocolate chips in the microwave (in bursts of 20 seconds, stirring in between each burst) and then transfer to a plastic bag. Snip off the tip with scissors and "pipe" a design on top of the (still melty) cookie butter cups.
  • Allow to harden in the fridge or at room temperature.

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  1. 5 stars
    So easy! And so delicious! Wonderful to make in the summer when I do not like to turn on the stove Thank you!

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