No bake peanut butter marshmallow bars are an easy dessert that you can whip up quickly and without any hassle. They’re perfect for dessert, an afternoon snack, or an after school treat for your kids.
If your children are big enough to see the top of the counter, either standing on the floor or on a stool, they can help you make them. They’ll be so proud of the delicious treat that the whole family will enjoy!
Easy Peanut Butter Marshmallow Squares
Whether you make this delicious treat into bars or squares, the flavor is melt-in-your-mouth delicious!
Every single thing about making these delicious treats is easy. First of all, you only need a few ingredients. The prep time is short because you can use your microwave. Or if you prefer, you can use the stovetop. Either way is easy.
What takes the longest is letting it set. In fact, it seems longer than it actually is because you’re going to want to gobble one up right away. This is one of those recipes that I love to make because I’m totally crazy about peanut butter.
As I mentioned, you only need a few ingredients. You probably have some of them in your pantry and fridge, so they are also budget friendly.
Here is what you’ll need:
- Softened butter
- Creamy peanut butter
- Peanut halves
- Butterscotch chips
- Mini marshmallows
For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.
If you have crunchy peanut butter, you can use that as well. I prefer to use creamy peanut butter and add the peanuts to get the ratio I like.
We always have some sort of peanut butter at our house. In fact, there’s a good chance that we have creamy, crunchy, and homemade peanut butter.
You can also use chocolate chips instead of butterscotch. Or you can use peanut butter chips. If you have time, make a variety. This is one of those times when more is better.
Prepare the Tools and Ingredients
Before I get started, I like to get all of the tools and ingredients ready. That makes it easier to breeze through this peanut butter bars recipe.
Sometimes I measure everything in advance. Do whatever you’re most comfortable doing to get ready to make the recipe.
Spray the interior of an 8” x 8” or 7” x 11” pan with your favorite nonstick cooking spray. I used the rectangular pan instead of a square one because that was what I had closest to me.
If you’re making these no bake peanut butter marshmallow bars for a larger crowd, you can double the recipe. And use a 9” x 13” baking pan to accommodate the larger batch.
How to Make No Bake Peanut Butter Marshmallow Bars
Now combine the butter and peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl.
Stir until the 2 ingredients are blended. Add the butterscotch chips and stir.
Place the bowl in the microwave for 1 minute.
Remove the bowl and stir the mixture.
Chances are, the butterscotch chips won’t be melted, so return the bowl to the microwave for 30 more seconds and then stir again.
Continue to repeat the process until the butterscotch chips have melted, and all of the ingredients are well mixed. It should only take about 3 or 4 minutes total time.
Now set the mixture aside to cool for about 5 minutes. You don’t want the marshmallows to melt when you add them.
After the mixture has cooled to the point of being warm to touch but not hot, add the marshmallows and peanuts. Stir the mixture until everything is coated.
Spread the mixture into the greased pan and smooth the top until it is as even as you can get it.
It will have a bumpy texture from the marshmallows and peanuts, and that’s fine.
Stick the pan in the refrigerator and walk away for about an hour or two. I know it’s hard, but this step is very important.
After the mixture has set, it’s ready to be cut into bars. Enjoy!
More Delicious Recipes with Peanut Butter
If you enjoy peanut butter as much as I do, you’ll enjoy some of these delicious peanut butter recipes. They’re all easy and delicious, so give them a try!
Peanut Butter Mug Cake – I love the fact that this is made without flour, which makes it gluten free!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Moose Munch – This treat is perfect for TV night, game night, or just plain old snack time. And it’s addictive!
2 Ingredient Peanut Butter Fudge – You can’t get any easier than this recipe! And it’s absolutely out of this world delicious!
Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bars – I started out making this as a breakfast food. But it’s so good we enjoy it for dessert!
Peanut Butter Cookies – Here’s another flourless recipe that results in lots of melt-in-your-mouth goodness!
Peanut Butter Pound Cake – What’s better than a plain peanut butter pound cake? This peanut butter pound cake with peanut butter glaze from Call Me PMc. So good you’ll want seconds!
Peanut Butter Fudge Bars – Peanut butter and chocolate come together in the most delicious way!
Peanut Butter Cocoa Krispie Treats – How many ways can you say, “Yum”? That’s what you’ll have to figure out when you taste these treats!
What to Do with No Bake Leftover Peanut Butter Marshmallow Bars
If you have any of these delicious bars left, place them in an airtight container and put them in the freezer. I like to use freezer bags that I can label with the date. These yummy treats will be good for up to 3 months.
When you’re ready to eat them, remove them from the freezer and allow them to thaw for about an hour. Then they’ll be as good as the day you made them!
- 2 tablespoons softened butter
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup peanut halves
- 1/2 package of butterscotch chips (5-6 ounces)
- 8 ounces of mini marshmallows
- Spray the interior of an 8” x 8” or 7” x 11” baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set it aside.
- Combine the butter and peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl. Stir until mixed.
- After they are blended, add the butterscotch chips and stir and put the bowl in the microwave for 1 minute. Stir. Continue to microwave in 30 second increments until all of the butterscotch chips have melted, stirring in between each session.
- Allow the mixture to cool for about 5 minutes.
- Pour the marshmallows and peanuts into the mixture and stir.
- Spread the mixture into the greased pan. Smooth the top until it is even.
- Refrigerate for 1-2 hours. Cut into bars and serve.
Nutrition InformationYield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 277Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 5mgSodium 164mgCarbohydrates 27gFiber 2gSugar 17gProtein 7g
The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.