No-Bake White Chocolate Almond Butter Squares

White Chocolate Almond Butter Squares are a simple no-bake dessert that gets raves every time! | theviewfromgreatisland.com

The nice things about these little bars is that you can make them up in a flash, no oven involved.  The classic peanut butter and regular chocolate version is made the same way, so mix and match as you  please.  These would be great topped with bittersweet chocolate.   I had some almond butter on hand, and I love the look of melted white chocolate, so these were born.

I lined my pan with waxed paper so I could lift the whole thing out after it was set for easy cutting.  You don’t have to.

The only tricky part to these is melting the white chocolate for the topping.  White chocolate is much more temperamental than regular chocolate. There’s a lot of controversy about this in the food world.  Some say you can’t use the microwave, only a double boiler, others say you can’t use chips because they don’t melt well. (They’re formulated to hold their shape when baked)
I used chips and the microwave—here’s how:  Put the chips in glass bowl or measuring cup and microwave on half power for just 30 seconds.  Take out and stir, if they’re not completely melted, put them back in for 15 seconds, and keep repeating until completely melted.  The chips are made to keep their shape, so they won’t look like they’re melting, but when you stir them they will.

This is a good one for kids and teens, they can whip it up after school using only the microwave for the butter and chocolate.  You can do it by hand, but it’s even easier in the food processor.

White Chocolate Almond Butter Squares

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted
  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs (grind your own with 8 full crackers, or use the boxed kind)
  • 1 16 oz package of confectioner's sugar
  • 1 12 oz bag of white chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a food processor put the crumbs, sugar and almond butter. Pour in the melted butter and process till smooth.
  2. Spread it out in a 9x13 pan.
  3. Melt the white chocolate and spread it out over the nut butter layer. Work quickly because the chocolate starts to set up right away.
  4. Let it set for an hour before cutting it into squares.
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These make good little gifts for the holidays, the chocolate is firm so they’ll stack and pack well.

Notes:  I halved the recipe and used an 8×8 pan.
Grinding your own graham cracker crumbs is easy and well worth it, the texture is finer and they’re fresher.  Just use the mini processor.  You can smash the crackers in a baggie as well, but the processing produces a better result.
Nestle white chocolate melted easier for me than Ghirardelli.
No need to refrigerate these, they set up fine at room temperature.  I refrigerated mine and they became too hard to cut easily.  If you do refrigerate, cut them first.

25 Comments

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    Caz
    April 9, 2015 at 4:00 am

    I just want to know if anyone has made this, and if so, how they turned out??

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    Sue
    August 22, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Should be fine — let me know how they turn out!

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    Paula
    November 22, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Can you recommend a substitute for graham crackers? They are not available in Austria. Would McVities Digestive work?

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    Magnolia Verandah
    November 17, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Yum yum – must make them to take to a friends house on the weekend.

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    Britne @ Shabbott's Habits
    November 16, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Oh these look amazing! Almond butter is one of my favorite ingredients. Have you ever tried any other ingredient to bind the bottom layer together? I was just thinking how I might cut down on the butter.

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    yummychunklet
    November 15, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Bookmarked! White chocolate and almonds are my favorite combo!

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    Bourbon&Pearls
    November 15, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Oh Sue, I’ve just made the cranberry jelly with two peppers, seeds and all – oh boy it’s amazing, thanks!

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    Inside a British Mum's Kitchen
    November 15, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    these delicious looking squares look like they should be in a fancy bakery – love the ingredients – white choc is a fav of ours! super recipe – thanks :)
    Mary x

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    Joanne
    November 15, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    I’m a nut butter equal opportunist so bring on the almond butter desserts! These look so dense and delicious!

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    Yasmeen
    November 15, 2011 at 4:46 am

    How sinful are these! They look chewy and delicious. So helpful of you to provide tips at the bottom of the post about which brands work best for the recipe. What a wonderful resource!

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    Eat Well: This American Bite
    November 15, 2011 at 1:03 am

    Your writing and your photography are both so elegant. Thank you for sharing!

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    Sue/the view from great island
    November 15, 2011 at 1:01 am

    A Trifle Rushed and Sally—thanks, I hope you do make them, they’re fun and easy. For me, the really dangerous version will be the dark chocolate.

    Heather—The first chocolate I tried was the ghirardelli and I guess I left it a few seconds too long in the microwave it became a big stiff mass. The Nestle worked fine, though.

    Rachel, thanks for stopping by, I also love the regular version, it’s a classic.

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    Sue/the view from great island
    November 15, 2011 at 12:54 am

    A Bigger Closet—Sometimes I feel like I’m just a puppet on a string with them, what a scam!

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    Sue/the view from great island
    November 15, 2011 at 12:51 am

    Rose—you can’t gain weight, you’re a professional model ;)

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    Sue/the view from great island
    November 15, 2011 at 12:50 am

    Bonnie—thanks for visiting…I love the pan, it’s just small enough that I don’t feel too guilty making delicious things in it. I love the color, too.

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    Sue/the view from great island
    November 15, 2011 at 12:49 am

    Mary and Sabrina—-thanks! I’m trying, but taking the photos is more work than the cooking!

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    Rachel @ Bakerita
    November 14, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    I’m a total fan of the regular version and have never considered switching it up!
    I’ll definitely be trying these out, sounds delicious.

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    Sally
    November 14, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    I love how easy this recipe is. These look deliciously dangerous!

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    Heather @ girlichef.com
    November 14, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    I luvs me some almond butter…and these look fabulous. I’m gonna admit, I always cringe a bit when I see the melting of white chocolate in a recipe as I’ve had some bad experiences (and I swear, I’m careful…). I’d try it for these, though!! Yummmmm..

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    A Trifle Rushed
    November 14, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Sue, these look so delicious, I’ll be trying them very soon. Thanks

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    A Bigger Closet
    November 14, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Yum! What a great idea to make these for gifts, if they last long enough to make it out of the house. ;)

    PS – Turns out JC put several of the items – including the glimmer tee – back up to full price after they posted the sale last night. Ugh, right?

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    Rose
    November 14, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    I’m going to start gaining if I keep making these yummy desserts! :D

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    Sabrina-eat.drink.and be merry.
    November 14, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    i love these flavors! and I love how easy it is!!! I agree with Mary..your photos are beautiful!!!!

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    From the Kitchen
    November 14, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    This contains a few of my favorite things. I have that same green pan which should insure success!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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    Mary
    November 14, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    These look wonderful. I ama fan of white chocolate and I know I’d love these. Your photos get better and better:-). Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

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