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Easy No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Squares

No-Bake Chocolate Squares with Peanut Butter Ganache

YIELD 36 squares


  • 200 g/7 oz butter
  • 1/2 cup (50 g/1.8 oz) cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup (150 g/5.3 oz) granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk (or 1/2 cup if you leave it at room temperature for long)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract , optional
  • 400 g/14 oz cookies (vanilla, Oreo, Lotus, etc, or a combination), crushed into coarse crumbs (4 cups crushed cookies)

Peanut Butter Ganache:

  • 100 g/3.5 oz coarsely chopped milk chocolate
  • 1/2 cup (120 g/4 oz) smooth peanut butter


  1. In a medium saucepan place butter, cocoa powder, sugar, milk, and vanilla if using, and bring just to a boil over moderate heat. Reduce heat to low, and mix until melted and completely smooth. Remove from heat, add the crushed cookies, and mix well to combine.
  2. Transfer mixture to a 8x8-inch pan lined with parchment paper, and spread evenly.
  3. Make the peanut butter ganache: Place milk chocolate and peanut butter in a heat-proof bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals, mixing in between, until melted and smooth. Spread evenly over the chocolate-cookie mixture.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until set, then cut into 36 squares. They keep well in the fridge for several days.