No-Bake Crispy Peanut Butter Squares

Updated April 28, 2017
This image courtesy of Mark T. Shapiro

Editor's Note: No-bake desserts are some of the easiest ways to satisfy your sweet tooth, especially in the summer. These delicious No-Bake Crispy Peanut Butter Squares deliver that peanut butter taste without turning on the oven! These make a great snack for the kids and hold up well in their lunchbox, or you can bring them to a party for a dessert that doesn't miss. Just be prepared for everyone who tries them to ask you for your recipe! Are you already thinking about the winter holidays? As this dessert is so easy to make, you'll want to whip up this peanut butter dessert recipe and include it in your tray of holiday treats to share with family, friends, and neighbors.

Makes16 squares

Cooking MethodNo Bake



Total Timehalf-day

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

Recipe CourseDessert, Snack


Taste and TextureChewy, Creamy, Nutty, Sweet


  • 1 cup (250 mL) smooth peanut butter
  • ¼ cup (50 mL) butter or margarine
  • ½ cup (125 mL) packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup (125 mL) corn syrup
  • 1 tsp (5 mL)  vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 cups (500 mL) corn flakes cereal
  • 1 cup (250 mL) crispy rice cereal
  • 8-inch (2 L) square baking pan, lightly greased


  1. In a saucepan, over low heat, stir together peanut butter, butter, brown sugar and corn syrup until blended and smooth. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and salt.

  2. In a large bowl, mix together cereals. Add peanut butter mixture and mix well.

  3. Press evenly into prepared pan. Chill for 6 hours or until firm. Cut into squares.



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This was quite a hit at a family potluck. Just make sure you've labeled your dish so no one with peanut allergies goes near it. Otherwise, it's a good choice for kids. No dish or utensils needed!

I could eat these all day long. They're so tasty, and they're so easy to make too!


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