Peanut Butter Bars

Every family has Christmas traditions. Those little things that make the season special. This is one that I have shared for several years with my “other” family. My 4 “kids” (well, now 5 since the oldest just got married 2 days ago😊) have decided it’s not Christmas without these yummy Peanut Butter Bars!


Years ago, a co-worker gave me this recipe. They are so good and taste just like a peanut butter cup – the recipe makes a 9 x 13 inch pan so there are plenty to share. 

Here’s what you’ll need…

Peanut Butter Bars

  • 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons margarine, divided
  • 2 cups peanut butter
  • 1 lb powdered sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 cups chocolate chips (I use a 12 ounce bag)

Melt 1/2 cup margarine in a large saucepan. Remove from heat and add peanut butter. Mix well. Add powdered sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla. Mix well and pat into a 9 x 13 inch pan. Place in refrigerator to cool.

While peanut butter mixture is cooling, melt chocolate chips with 3 tablespoons margarine over low heat. Spread over cooled peanut butter mixture. Let cool completely before cutting into squares. 

Just a couple of tips…

Everything will blend better if the peanut butter melts into the margarine like this – your saucepan should be warm enough to do this after you’ve melted the margarine.


I use my small rolling pin to to smooth out the peanut butter mixture in the pan. It works well to pack down the mixture since it tends to be a little crumbly. 


Our tradition is to have these for dessert after celebrating our Christmas. It’s getting a bit harder to get us all together – especially this year since the oldest is on her honeymoon. And my oldest “son” is now a Marine and away for training. But I made them anyway because, after all, it’s tradition!!

What are your favorite family Christmas traditions?

Thanks for stopping by,


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