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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

Today we have a special guest post from Jessica, who blogs at How Sweet It Is. If you don’t follow Jessica’s blog, you better go take a look. She is always cooking and baking something delicious. She also writes over at the Tasty Kitchen blog with me. Today Jessica is sharing one of her favorite recipes, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Bars. I know these will soon be one of my favorites too:)

I could not be more excited to share one of my favorite recipes with you today.   I am thrilled to be a guest on Maria and Josh’s delightful blog – they have been tantalizing my taste buds for well over a year, and I often find myself drooling over Maria’s incredible cookie recipes, keeping a (very long!) mental list of which one will get baked next. My all time favorite are her soft gingersnaps and I urge you to try them as soon as you get in the kitchen!

When it came time to choose a recipe, it wasn’t difficult to pick a favorite. If there is one combination that belongs together, it is easily chocolate and peanut butter. A favorite of mine since childhood, I have debated on combining every chocolate and peanut butter ingredient that has ever crossed my path. And I’m not ashamed to admit that I often top a peanut butter spoon with a sprinkle of chocolate chips. A snack doesn’t get any better than that.

Since Maria is the cookie queen, I wanted to share one of my favorite cookie recipes with you in bar form. Cookie brownies, if you will. When you bake the cookie dough in a baking dish, the recipe yields a thick, chewy and delicious bar. It is nearly impossible to stop at one! I should know… I attempted to store these in the freezer, but instead learned a very important lesson: no matter how frozen baked goods are, they still find their way into my mouth. Can you blame me?

I hope you enjoy these chocolate peanut butter bars as much as I do!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

Yield: 12-16 bars

Cook Time: 25-30 minutes


1 cup butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon course sea salt
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup peanut butter chips


Preheat oven to 325.

Cream butter, peanut butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt and mix until just combined.

Fold in peanut butter chips. Spread dough in a 9 x 13 baking dish sprayed with non-stick spray. Other sizes will work as well - they will just determine the thickness and cooking length of the bars.

Bake at 325 for 25-30 minutes. If bars are not done (due to using a different sized dish), bake for 5-6 minute increments. Let cool completely before slicing.

If you like these Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Bars, you might also like:

Rocky Ledge Bars from Two Peas and Their Pod
Peanut Butter Fudge Brownies from How Sweet It Is
Oh Baby Bars from Eat, Live, Run
Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispie Treats from Brown Eyed Baker

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71 Responses to “Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Bars”

  1. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) — February 2, 2011 @ 3:23 am

    Those look perfect. In every.single.way.

    Can I put an order in for a couple dozen? :)

  2. Jessica @ How Sweet — February 2, 2011 @ 4:34 am

    Thanks so much for inviting me to post Maria! :)

  3. Erica — February 2, 2011 @ 4:41 am

    Love both of your blogs! You make the most amazing sweet treats! <3

  4. Blog is the New Black — February 2, 2011 @ 5:57 am

    Two of my fav bloggers working together! 😉

  5. Heather (heather's dish) — February 2, 2011 @ 6:08 am

    i am now craving these for breakfast…thanks Maria & Jessica! :)

  6. Eliz@The Sweet Life — February 2, 2011 @ 6:46 am

    oh wowie–that spoonful of peanut butter alone is enough to make my mouth water!

  7. Jenny Flake — February 2, 2011 @ 6:48 am

    Yummy!! Now I want cookies!

  8. Brooke @ Baking with Basil — February 2, 2011 @ 6:51 am

    Mmmm!! You girls both rock….love your blogs!

  9. Shannon — February 2, 2011 @ 7:44 am

    That looks SOOOO good. My two favorite flavors – peanut butter and chocolate. What is not to love?!

  10. Kristen — February 2, 2011 @ 7:50 am

    Those look so good – love pb and chocolate!

  11. Lauren at KeepItSweet — February 2, 2011 @ 8:06 am

    I love both of your blogs, what a perfect combo:-) Oh and obviously I love anything with chocolate and peanut butter in it!

  12. EatLiveRun — February 2, 2011 @ 8:11 am

    Drool. Love you both!

  13. Susan — February 2, 2011 @ 8:29 am

    Oh yum. Great guest post!

  14. Eliana — February 2, 2011 @ 8:36 am

    You are so right! I am totally going to love these (and make them this weekend). They look amazing.

  15. alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — February 2, 2011 @ 8:54 am

    These look amazing Maria! Hope you are doing well

  16. Courtney — February 2, 2011 @ 8:59 am

    With a recipe like this I’m going to have to confront my peanut allergy and tell him who’s boss! In my dreams that is.. so yummy!

  17. Chelsey (Cookteen) — February 2, 2011 @ 9:00 am

    WOW! You never seem to disappoint with the mouth watering photos :) And I stopped attempting to freeze baked goods, I ate them no matter what! Hehe

  18. susan — February 2, 2011 @ 9:07 am

    that’s always a great combo! yum!

  19. Along with the buffalo wings and nachos and all the savory treats, there should be room for something sweet this weekend. This will fit the bill perfectly! Thanks for sharing, Maria and Josh!

  20. Sues — February 2, 2011 @ 9:23 am

    I love Jessica and these bars look out of this world! As her recipes most always do :)

  21. Tracey — February 2, 2011 @ 9:31 am

    Yum, love both of your blogs and these cookie bars sound delicious. You can’t go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate :)

  22. megan — February 2, 2011 @ 9:31 am

    Two of my favorite blogs converge – I love it! And these bars look amazing, not that I’d expect anything different from Jessica :)

  23. jeannette — February 2, 2011 @ 9:37 am

    I finally got to read the post, power is finally back on. And these look SO good!! Bookmarking them for sure!!

  24. life and kitchen — February 2, 2011 @ 9:46 am

    These bars look great! In a sinful kind of way. I’ll definitely have to go check out what else Jessica has made!

  25. Fuji Mama — February 2, 2011 @ 9:47 am

    It’s hard to beat the combo of chocolate and peanut butter! These look fabulous!

  26. Jennifer (Savor) — February 2, 2011 @ 10:03 am

    Yay Jessica!!

  27. Ashley — February 2, 2011 @ 10:17 am These look delish! I love Jessica!!!

  28. Kelsey — February 2, 2011 @ 10:25 am


  29. holly — February 2, 2011 @ 10:56 am

    decadent deliciousness at its finest! it’s why i heart you jess :)

  30. Amanda — February 2, 2011 @ 10:58 am

    Seriously yum! Love chocolate + peanut butter :)

  31. Joanne — February 2, 2011 @ 12:20 pm

    Yay yay yay! I love Jessica’s blog…always gives me a laugh in the morning…and then gets my stomach ready and willing to eat! Nothing is better than the combination of chocolate and peanut butter. These sound fantastic!

  32. Amy at TheSceneFromMe — February 2, 2011 @ 12:36 pm

    Jessica no doubt always has great recipes! These bars look rich and delicious!

  33. Tracy — February 2, 2011 @ 12:37 pm

    Yum! I’m a huge fan of Jessica’s blog! :-)

  34. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — February 2, 2011 @ 1:33 pm

    These cookies look absolutely amazing! I always love Jessica’s recipes :)

  35. CookiePie — February 2, 2011 @ 1:44 pm

    YUM – those look great, and so easy! I think I have all the ingredients in my pantry already… hmmm….

  36. Cookin' Canuck — February 2, 2011 @ 2:22 pm

    Jessica, these bars look fantastic! I am a big fan of chocolate and peanut butter mixes.

  37. megan — February 2, 2011 @ 2:55 pm

    I love Jessica and her blog is one of my favorites. These cookie bars look excellent!

  38. Jen@mytinyoven — February 2, 2011 @ 3:57 pm

    These cookie bars look soooooo good! can’t wait to get home and whip up a batch! thanks you guys!

  39. Shaina — February 2, 2011 @ 4:02 pm

    Oh my. Peanut butter and chocolate heaven.

  40. Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish) — February 2, 2011 @ 4:38 pm

    I love peanut butter and chocolate together. I adore bar cookies, so easy to make. :) Thanks, Jessica!

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