October 25, 2023Review Recipe
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This tasty copycat dessert makes us feel like we are enjoying Disneyland peanut butter squares right at home. It perfectly combines the crunch of graham crackers, creamy peanut butter, and delicious chocolate for a treat that everyone will keep coming back for.
Disneyland Peanut Butter Squares Ingredients
These little bites of heaven are a treat for your taste buds. The smooth and creamy peanut butter is perfectly balanced with the sweetness of the chocolate on top.
Each square is just the right size to satisfy your sweet tooth without feeling overwhelmed.
- 14 whole graham cracker sheets
- 2 cups of creamy peanut butter
- 8 tablespoons of butter, softened
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- 3½ cups of powdered sugar
- 4 tablespoons of shortening
- 4 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips
Substitutions And Additions
CHOCOLATE: You can swap the semi-sweet chocolate chips for other types of chips, such as dark chocolate or milk chocolate, or even use chunks of chocolate broken up. Just remember, if you use milk chocolate, the peanut butter treats might be sweeter.
SHORTENING: If you can’t get shortening, you can use 1 tablespoon of oil in its place and microwave at 50% power rather than full.
PEANUT BUTTER: If you want some extra crunch to your peanut butter chocolate bars along with the graham cracker crunch, you can use crunchy peanut butter as opposed to creamy versions.
How To Make This Disneyland Peanut Butter Squares Recipe
You’ll start with a layer of graham crackers on the bottom of these delectable squares. You’ll top them with decadent layers of chocolate and peanut butter following our instructions below.
STEP ONE: Spray a 9×13-inch glass baking dish with non-stick spray.
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If you don’t have non-stick spray, you can use parchment paper to line the baking tray. Sometimes this can make it easier to lift out the squares once you have cut them too.
STEP TWO: Place two whole graham cracker sheets in a Ziploc bag and crush with a rolling pin, meat mallet, or the bottom of a glass until they are crumbs, then set aside.
STEP THREE: In a medium bowl, mix the peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and salt, then slowly add the powdered sugar, a little at a time. Mix until combined.
STEP FOUR: Add the chocolate chips and shortening to the microwave-safe bowl and heat for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between until the mixture is smooth. Be careful not to overheat.
Don’t leave the shortening out of the recipe. This helps the chocolate chips melt and become that silky, tasty ingredient that makes the Disneyland version so delicious. It also makes it easier to spread the chocolate around.
STEP FIVE: Add the first layer of graham crackers (6 whole sheets) to the baking dish.
STEP SIX: Pour one-third of the chocolate in a thin layer on top of the crackers.
Should you have any problems spreading the chocolate, cut one corner from a Ziploc bag and use it as a piping bag. Add the melted chocolate and squeeze it out of the open corner then move along the baking tray to easily spread it around.
STEP SEVEN: By hand, add fistfuls of the peanut butter mixture on top of the chocolate layer and flatten. Cover as best you can without breaking the crackers below, using up all of the peanut butter mixture.
STEP EIGHT: Layer another one-third of the chocolate on top of the peanut butter and add another layer of crackers (another six sheets) before topping with the rest of the chocolate.
STEP NINE: Sprinkle the crushed graham cracker crumbs on top.
STEP TEN: Leave to cool in the refrigerator for one hour at least before cutting into squares to serve.
How To Serve This Disney Peanut Butter Bars
Enjoy these favorite treats on their own, or turn them into a larger dessert by adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side. These peanut butter desserts will satisfy any peanut butter cravings, and I dare you to try to stop at just one.
Consider pairing these delectable squares with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The warm, rich peanut butter pairs perfectly with the cool and creamy ice cream, making for a heavenly combination.
Whether you’re planning to make them ahead of time or have leftovers to store, here are some helpful tips to keep them fresh and delicious.
MAKE AHEAD: If you want to get a head start on preparing these delightful bars, you can definitely make them ahead of time. After baking and allowing them to cool completely, tightly wrap the bars in plastic wrap or place them in an airtight container.
IN THE FRIDGE: Store these Disneyland peanut butter sandwich bars in the refrigerator once you have cut up the squares so that the chocolate and peanut butter are kept cool. Otherwise, if it is a warm day, you could have a melted mess on your hands if you keep them out at room temperature.
IN THE FREEZER: Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to three months.
These yummy Disneyland peanut butter squares are perfect when you want something sweet and delicious but don’t want to use the oven. Plus, if you are a fan of Disney’s chocolate-covered peanut butter sandwiches that are so popular at the parks, this recipe will be an at-home reminder of a great family vacation.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have graham crumbs in your pantry, use can use 1½ cups for the crushed crumbs in this recipe.
The best way to store these no-bake peanut butter bars is in the fridge. If you leave them at room temperature, they may get too soft.
If you want extra crunch, feel free to use crunchy peanut butter!
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Disneyland Peanut Butter Squares
- 14 whole graham cracker sheets
- 2 cups creamy peanut butter
- 8 tablespoons butter, softened
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 3½ cups powdered sugar
- 4 tablespoons shortening
- 4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Spray a 9×13-inch glass baking dish with non-stick spray.
- Place 2 whole graham cracker sheets in a Ziploc bag and crush them into crumbs with a meat mallet or the bottom of a glass. Set aside.
- Mix the peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and salt. Slowly add the powdered sugar, a little at a time.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, heat chocolate chips with shortening. Heat for 30 seconds at a time, stirring between, until smooth. Be careful not to overcook.
- Lay the first layer of graham crackers (6 whole sheets) in sprayed baking dish.
- Pour about ⅓ of the chocolate into a thin layer over the graham crackers.
- Using your hands, take fistfuls of the peanut butter mixture and flatten it. Lay it on top of the chocolate layer. Cover as best you can without breaking the graham crackers below. You will use all of the peanut butter mixture.
- Layer another ⅓ of the chocolate on top of the peanut butter and then layer again with graham crackers (6 whole sheets) and pour the remaining chocolate on top.
- Sprinkle the crushed graham cracker crumbs on top.
- Let cool in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Cut into squares, big or small.
- If you don’t have non-stick spray, you can use parchment paper to line the baking tray. Sometimes this can make it easier to lift out the squares once you have cut them too.
- Don’t leave the shortening out of the recipe. This helps the chocolate chips melt and become that silky, tasty ingredient that makes the Disneyland version so delicious. It also makes it easier to spread the chocolate around.
- Should you have any problems spreading the chocolate, cut one corner from a Ziploc bag and use it as a piping bag. Add the melted chocolate and squeeze it out of the open corner, then move along the baking tray to easily spread it around.