Skip to main content

REESE'S Peanut Butter Nanaimo Bars Recipe


30 Min.
Skill Level:
24 bars

Fall in love with REESE'S Peanut Butter Nanaimo Bars Recipe. Try this mouthwatering easy treat for your next family gathering!

Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
30 minutes
Cool Time
3 minutes


Prevent your screen from going dark while you bake.


  • Base:
  • 1/2 cup
    butter (125 mL)
  • 1/4 cup
    granulated sugar (50 mL)
  • 1/3 cup
    HERSHEY'S Cocoa (75 mL)
  • 1
    egg, beaten
  • 1 3/4 cups
    graham cracker crumbs (425 mL)
  • 1 cup
    sweetened coconut flakes (250 mL)
  • Filling:
  • 1/2 cup
    softened butter (125 mL)
  • 1 cup
    icing sugar (250 mL)
  • 2 tbsps
    custard powder (30 mL)
  • Glaze:
  • 1/2 cup
    HERSHEY'S CHIPITS Dark Chocolate Chips or HERSHEY'S CHIPITS Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (125 mL)
  • 1/2 cup
    HERSHEY'S CHIPITS REESE'S Peanut Butter Chips (125 mL)
  • 2 tbsps
    butter (30 mL)


Equipment Needed 
stovetop Stovetop
square baking dish 8-inch (20 cm) Square Baking Dish
measuring cups Measuring Cups
large pot Large Pot
whisk Whisk
heatproof bowl Heatproof Bowl
refrigerator Refrigerator

Base: Line an 8-inch (1.5 L) square baking dish with foil or parchment. Melt butter in a large, heavy pot set over medium-low heat. Add sugar and cocoa; cook, stirring until sugar is melted and mixture is smooth. Add egg; cook, whisking constantly, for 1 minute or until hot throughout. Remove from heat; stir in crumbs and coconut. Press into prepared pan.


Using a double boiler or a bowl set over a pot of simmering water when melting the chips will ensure that they melt evenly every time.

Creating an overhang with the foil will allow the bars to be removed easily from the pan for slicing.


Filling: Melt peanut butter chips in a heatproof bowl set over simmering water; cool slightly for about 3 minutes. Beat melted chips with butter until smooth. Add icing sugar and custard powder; beat on high for 3 minutes or until very fluffy. Spread evenly over the base. Chill until set.


To set the dessert faster during preparation, place in the freezer for up to 20 minutes between layers.


Glaze: Meanwhile, melt chocolate chips with peanut butter chips and butter. Cool slightly; spread evenly over second layer. Chill just until set. Remove chilled dessert from the pan; slice into bars. Serve at room temperature.