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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. Lora @cakeduchess — February 2, 2011 @ 5:28 pm

    Jessica’s blog is wonderful and so are these bars! Yum! Great to see you here on Maria’s beautiful blog Jessica:)

  2. Katrina — February 2, 2011 @ 5:29 pm

    These look too goo. Midnight snack time…

  3. Justeen @ Blissful Baking — February 2, 2011 @ 5:44 pm

    Mmm I’m loving the chocolate and peanut butter combo even more than usual lately! These cookie bars looks absolutely amazing!

  4. Jen @ keepitsimplefoods — February 2, 2011 @ 7:22 pm

    That’s what I call team work! 😉

  5. Oh yay, one of my favorite combinations! You know I top a spoonful of peanut butter with a chunk of chocolate too :-)

  6. Allison [Haute Box] — February 2, 2011 @ 8:20 pm

    Chocolate + PB…you know me so well :) I am a FAN!

  7. Gina Stillman — February 2, 2011 @ 8:33 pm

    Perfection 😉

  8. g — February 2, 2011 @ 8:43 pm

    these look amazing! will make them for sure :)

  9. Erik — February 2, 2011 @ 9:59 pm

    Does anyone not like chocolate and peanut butter? It’s one of the all time best combinations ever!!!!

  10. Melissa — February 2, 2011 @ 10:13 pm

    Hi Jessica! These look delish. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Captain Micah — February 3, 2011 @ 9:14 am

    I found the recipe from you yesterday and made them right away. Conveniently, I needed to bake something to take to some gals in church, and this perfectly fit the bill! They only got half the pan…the rest are in my kitchen right now. I won’t eat them for breakfast! I won’t eat them for breakfast! If I say it enough, it will be true, right?

    They were delicious!

    • twopeas replied: — February 3rd, 2011 @ 1:52 pm

      I think they would make a wonderful breakfast..ha!

  12. welbilt bread machine — February 3, 2011 @ 10:13 am

    Mmm. Looks great, I’m going to forward this recipe to my wife to see if she gets the hint :)

  13. Marci — February 3, 2011 @ 2:05 pm

    Printed this one. Love both your blogs!

    • twopeas replied: — February 3rd, 2011 @ 2:51 pm

      Thanks Marci!

  14. Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker — February 3, 2011 @ 8:48 pm

    This looks so, so good! Of course I love anything chocolate and peanut butter. And of course all things Pittsburgh, which means Jessica’s blog! :)

  15. Melissa — February 7, 2011 @ 11:57 am

    I made these for our company as one of the Super Bowl desserts..
    Can you say GONE! My husband is not a “peanut butter in baked goods” guy..
    He said this is a “do again”.. Trust me.. that’s a good thing! 😉
    Keep the great ideas coming! I love it!
    (I used a glass 9×13 and baked the shortest time. Perfection!)

    • twopeas replied: — February 7th, 2011 @ 1:44 pm

      Glad they were a success!

  16. Darla @ Bakingdom — February 11, 2011 @ 5:40 am

    They look wonderful…peanut butter and chocolate are always a hit with my family. Thanks!

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  18. Shalyn — February 14, 2011 @ 11:28 am

    Delicious! I brought these to work for Valentine’s Day since they combine my two favorite things – chocolate & peanut butter. I love the little crunchy bits of course sea salt in them.

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  21. Jamie — May 26, 2011 @ 5:02 am

    These are baking and smell wonderful! Instead of the 1 cup of peanut butter chips, I added blistered, salted peanuts…can’t wait to try them!

    • Two Peas replied: — May 26th, 2011 @ 1:40 pm

      Adding peanuts is a great idea! Enjoy!

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  23. Sandra — November 9, 2011 @ 10:08 pm

    I am NOT a baker but these turned out shockingly good. I was so surprised. I WILL make them again. Wow!! Thank you!

  24. Lesley — May 5, 2012 @ 3:49 pm

    I just made these – very, very yummy! Thanks!

    • Two Peas replied: — May 6th, 2012 @ 12:29 am

      I love those bars too!

  25. Cat — May 25, 2013 @ 12:12 pm

    I tried making these, I love the recipe. The taste was amazing (I mixed in salted peanuts and dark choc chips with the peanut butter cups). But my bars didn’t come out squidgy enough. I think I overcooked them. I was wondering, how do you know when they are cooked enough but still going to be soft? It’s the one thing I can’t seem to figure out with brownies/bars, and it’s driving me crazy!

    • Two Peas replied: — May 25th, 2013 @ 2:34 pm

      Did you insert a toothpick into the center? You don’t want the toothpick to be gooey, but have a few crumbs on it. The edges should be golden brown and they should start to pull away from the pan a bit. I hope that helps!

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