If you made these no-bake peanut butter bars and brought them to the potluck…..

…..and I was there….and I ate one.

We would instantly become BFF”s.


I would sit right next to you with my peanut butter bar dessert plate and talk for hours.

I’d ask you for the recipe and point out my slice and bake cookies on the dessert table still covered with red Saran Wrap left over from Christmas and we would talk about how hot it has been here and how everything should be no-bake when it’s almost 100 degrees outside and how I have this very odd sunburn on one arm in the shape of a space ship where I forgot the sunscreen at the pool yesterday.


Good thing it’s going to be cooler this weekend.

Good thing I’m almost out of red saran wrap.

Good thing I have the no-bake recipe just for you…..

….BFF.  🙂


No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

recipe from bhg


1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup light-color corn syrup

2 cups creamy peanut butter

3 cups cornflakes

3 cups crisp rice cereal

3/4 cup butter

4 cups powdered sugar

2 4-serving-size vanilla instant pudding and pie- filling mix

1/4 cup milk

1 12 oz. package of semi-sweet chocolate pieces

1/2 cup butter


Step 1:  Line a 15 x 10 x 1 pan with foil.  Make sure the foil covers the bottom of the pan and reaches up over the edge of the pan.

This is so you can lift it out when it’s ready to cut.

Step 2:  Combine sugar and corn syrup in a medium sauce pan on the stove.

Stir until boiling around the edges.

Heat and stir for one more minute.  Remove from heat.

Stir in peanut butter until melted.  Stir in cornflakes and crisp rice cereal until coated.

Press into the bottom of the pan.

Step 3:  Next, make the pudding layer.  In a medium sauce pan, melt the 3/4 cup butter.  Add in powdered sugar, pudding mixes and milk.

Spread pudding mixture over cereal layer and set aside.

Step 4:  For frosting, in a small saucepan combine semi-sweet chocolate pieces and 1/2 cup butter.

Stir over low-heat until melted.

Spread frosting over pudding layer.

Cover and chill for one hour or until set.

Step 5:  To serve, lift foil out of pan, place on a cutting board and cut bars.

Makes 64 bars.

And now it’s your turn!  

I’m hosting a recipe party with the super creative and talented

Melissa from The Happier Homemaker

Jessica from Mom 4 Real

Roeshel from DIY Showoff

It’s like a virtual potluck….

….and we would love for you to share YOUR summer recipes!

Summer Inspiration at BLOG NAME

Just a few party rules:

1. Please link up any project, old or new, that relates to the party theme: Summer Recipes.

Any links not related to the theme will be deleted.

2. Please include the party button or text link on your post

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  1. Image for Susan Susan

    Anything with Peanut Butter and I'm all for it! These look wonderful and I know kids would love to help...hmmm, grandson is here visiting, XOXO

  2. Image for Joyce Joyce

    Oh my! Did you say no-bake and peanut butter! I am in with this winner of a recipe! Thank you for hosting this party, looking forward to seeing all the yummies! Happy Hugs- Jemma

  3. Image for Mike (CraftyDad) Mike (CraftyDad)

    Holy Sweetness! I love these things. Gotta gather my ingredients and whip up a batch. The rest of my family is 'no-peanut-butter' people. (Crazy aren't they???) So these might be ALL mine. We'll see. BTW: I'm giving away some free books today on my blog. I invite you and your community to stop over and enter their chance to win a great resource. For pre-teens and teenagers, the book is also perfect for grown-ups, so don't be shy! Have a wonderful, peanut-y weekend. : - )

  4. Image for Jena @ Involving Color and Home Jena @ Involving Color and Home

    Oh my, thank you for sharing this! No bake + peanut butter + chocolate = bliss. I'm excited to go visit all of the other links!

  5. Image for Cynthia Cynthia

    This recipe will be a huge hit with my husband, he loves peanut butter and chocolate! No bake is great for the summer for me. I just read your interview with Anita. I never tire of your story and looking at the beauty of your home! Come over for a visit! Cynthia

  6. Image for Gina E Gina E

    You make me laugh Every. Single. Day. I can't think of ANYTHING more fun than sitting down next to you at a pot luck and gabbing away! Hugs.

  7. Image for Sherry Sherry

    Thanks Darling! Happy as can be that Summer is here. Wish I could bump into you at a get together and chat for hours and share our secret recipes!!!

  8. Image for Therese @ Fresh Idea Studio Therese @ Fresh Idea Studio

    Peanut butter I can do! That look scrumptious Karianne! And though I'm no good in the kitchen I think I could handle that. Pinning to favorite recipes {I should be able to make without ruining;}. Thanks for the sweet fix and an inspiring party. Enjoy your Father's Day weekend! Cheers, Therese

  9. Image for Becky Becky

    Karianne ~ These look wonderful and even better ~ they can be made gluten free, dairy free and nut free so easily! Am going to make these for our Father's Day barbeque :) PS. I think we could be BFFs with or without no bake recipes ;)

  10. Image for Erin Erin

    Karianne, thanks for the birthday present of all these yummy summer recipes. Especially the peanut butter bars! I'm forcing my family to take me to the coast (45 min drive) for dinner in my stylish leg boot put on my by a nasty orthopedic dr. on Wednesday because, get this, they have an ELEVATOR to the deck overlooking the water. So when I sit on said deck, with my wine and my foot propped, I will toast you and the chocolate peanut butter bars waiting at home which will serve as my birthday cake.

  11. Image for karen karen

    I should have listened to that little voice that said "don't look", but I ignored it and looked! Now I have to Pin this, then I have to make them. I might even have to eat them. I am going to Las Vegas in a week and a half and putting on a teeny swimsuit. Bad timing!!! Of course I have to look at what people linked up too. Darn this blogging thing!

  12. Image for Marsha Marsha

    We would be such good friends if we got to sit together at the pot luck. I would laugh at your slice and bake cookies with the red plastic wrap. I would be amazed by your crazy sunburn and tell you how I sunburned only one half of my face at a college football ball game one time and how I tried to overcome the situation for the next few days by adding too much blush on the other side. Yes. We would be good friends and share our random thoughts and stories. I'm going to make the peanut butter bars tonight. It's too hot to bake in Alabama! Marsha

  13. Image for Dawn@joyfulscribblings Dawn@joyfulscribblings

    Your bars look delicious. I'll be adding these to my pinterest dessert board. I know what I'll be doing tomorrow. Checking out all of the recipes posted. My corn dip is easy and a great summer dip with chips. Thanks for the opportunity to share it.

  14. Image for bj bj

    I bought all the ingredients today to make these in the morning for our Father's Day cookout. I hope they all throw rose petals and kisses at me when they taste it. And, if they do...I will send you kisses and ....well...rose petals. :))) xoxo

  15. Image for Barb Barb

    I just posted the other day about serendipity. And that's just what seeing this recipe was ... serendipity. My husband is all about peanut butter ... and it's Father's Day ... and we have company for the weekend. So thanks for the unexpected good fortune! I'll need to post at some point soon ~ after dessert ~ about my new diet. Happy day! Barb

  16. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    Those bars look scrumptious!!!!...There is nothing like the combination of Peanut Butter and Chocolate!!

  17. Image for Carole Carole

    Lovely work, KariAnne! Would you be happy to link it in to the current Food on Friday which is collecting snacks and treats? This is the link . I do hope to see you there. There are already quite a lot of links for you to check out. Cheers

  18. Image for Jackie Jackie

    Oh I did it. I made these for my husband as part of his Father's Day dinner and oh my....wicked good! He said not to make them any more because he can"t stop eating them! : ) It makes A LOT so be prepared! Very yummyliscious! Highly recommend!

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