Chubby Hubby Cookie Bars

Chubby Hubby Cookie Bars topped with a chocolate fudge, peanut butter drizzle and chocolate covered pretzels. YUM.
Ben and Jerry are genius ice cream makers. Don’t ya think? 
They are so creative with flavors.

However, I take issue with the names they choose.
While they definitely are memorable and unforgettable, they make you feel bad or bring gross images.

Phish food
Chunky Monkey 
Shweddy Balls

and of course Chubby Hubby.

Chubby Hubby Cookie Bars topped with a chocolate fudge, peanut butter drizzle and chocolate covered pretzels. YUM.
These cookie bars though…they totally will make you chubby if you eat the whole pan.

Hey, I’m not going to lie to you. They would.
 I know.

But, one thing else I know is you can enjoy a few and give them away to make others chubby.

Or, cut into bite sized pieces and stick them in your freezer, so you can spread your chubbiness over the weeks and months ahead….
Just like the ice cream, these are malted milk cookie bars topped with chocolate fudge, peanut butter, and pretzels (chocolate covered)! ENJOY!

Oh, and no offense Honey, but today is my husband’s birthday!


**it was not my intention to imply you are a Chubby Hubby**

Chubby Hubby Cookie Bars

Malted Cookie Bars topped with fudge, peanut butter and Flipz pretzels!


    For the Cookie Base:
  • 3/4 cup butter flavored Crisco
  • 2 Tbsp skim milk
  • 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup malted milk powder (Original, not chocolate)
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • For the Filling:
  • 1 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 12 oz milk chocolate morsels
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 60 chocolate covered pretzel twists (Flipz)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In large mixing bowl, beat crisco, milk and brown sugar until combined. Add egg and beat until fully combined. Slowly beat in malted milk powder, flour, salt and baking soda.
  3. Press cookie dough into a large baking sheet with one inch sides. I used a 15 1/2 x 10inch pan. Bake for 18-20 minutes until browned. Remove from oven.
  4. Meanwhile, in large sauce pan, heat sweetened condensed milk until and butter until warm over med-low heat. Add in milk chocolate and heat until smooth, whisking constantly. Pour into prepared cookie crust.
  5. In microwave safe bowl, melt peanut butter for 30 seconds. Drizzle over fudge filling and immediately press in the chocolate covered pretzels. Refrigerate cookies for 2 hours or overnight. Cut into squares. ENJOY!


**SHORTCUT: use a roll of pre-made cookie dough for the base to make this super simple!

53 Responses to “Chubby Hubby Cookie Bars”

  1. posted Sep 11, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Can I have half of the pan please 😀 they look so good and sinful!

    • posted Sep 11, 2012 at 7:28 pm

      Sorry, already eaten. Don’t believe me? Look at my chubs.

  2. posted Sep 11, 2012 at 10:52 am

    These look amazing, I know they taste DELICIOUS! Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. posted Sep 11, 2012 at 10:59 am

    I like how you think…give them to others to make them chubby or freeze and spread out the chubbiness:-) That is my life goal totally as a dessert lover!!! These bars looks super duper incredible!!! I’m just wondering…were they in your freezer when I was there???? Cause I’m ok with chubbiness when it comes in bars this awesome looking!!!

    • posted Sep 11, 2012 at 7:29 pm

      I did have some in the freezer…kids have been taking them to school and sadly they are gone :(

  4. posted Sep 11, 2012 at 11:05 am

    These sound fabulous! Awesome recipe!

  5. posted Sep 11, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Saw these at Trick or Treat Tuesday and HAD to click. Thanks for sharing, they look amazing. My also-not-chubby husband and teenaged boys will love these.

    • posted Sep 11, 2012 at 7:29 pm

      So glad you clicked over!

  6. posted Sep 11, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Yeah, these would have to be renamed chubby mommy bars because it’s highly likely I’ll eat them myself!

  7. posted Sep 11, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Happy Birthday to the not chubby Hubby! These bars sound fantastic, love the perfectly placed chocolate covered pretzel on top although that would be the first thing I’d eat! Just like a kid licking the frosting off a cupcake first. Can’t wait to give them a try, Pinned.

  8. posted Sep 11, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    B&Js Phish food was my favorite when I was little. But as my tastebuds grew up, Chunky Monkey was a new favorite. Oh and Brownie Batter. Love!

    So happy you made these into bars. Wow! They look so good Aimee. Chocolate covered pretzels are my favorite too. Love everything about today’s recipe. :)

    • posted Sep 11, 2012 at 7:30 pm

      Thanks Sally!! I’ve been waiting for someone to say, “Chubby Hubby is good but I lovvveeee Shweddy balls.” Hasn’t happened yet.

  9. posted Sep 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    I will make these. I love malted milk. Also, I was feeling inadequate last week because I wasn’t into the fall foods yet, so I’m glad you posted this.

  10. posted Sep 11, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Mmmm…what a wonderful treat! Shared on my FB page.


  11. posted Sep 11, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Wow wow wow. These look mahvelous, dahling. I love Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavors, but can you believe I’ve never had Chubby Hubby? (I’m an Everything But The… fan myself). And I love your disclaimer for your not-so-chubby Hubby :) Happy Birthday, Mr. Shugary Sweets! I’m sure these were a delicious treat to celebrate his big day!

    • posted Sep 11, 2012 at 7:30 pm

      Mr. Shugary Sweets says Thank You!

  12. posted Sep 11, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Everything about this recipe is so appealing and I love the inspiration from the ice cream. Peanut butter, pretzels and chocolate should probably always mingle. Always. :)

  13. posted Sep 11, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Um, these cookie bars just stole my heart. Must make!

  14. posted Sep 11, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Hahahahaha, your comment about the hubs not being chubby made me laugh out loud! Happy birthday to him. :)

    • posted Sep 11, 2012 at 7:31 pm

      Thanks. I hope he laughed too….

  15. posted Sep 11, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    These bars are genius!! I love everything here.

  16. posted Sep 11, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    I love your last line and disclaimer about not implying…. :)

    And that chocolate filling. Oh, it’s so smooth and perfect & awesome looking & then w/ the PB delicately place, beautiful!

    • posted Sep 12, 2012 at 11:36 am

      Thank you Averie!

  17. posted Sep 11, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    It never fails to wow me when I think about the metabolic superpowers of husbands/significant others of bakers, myself included. Love this idea/recipe! Any suggestions for a gal who does not currently have access to malted milk powder and is dying to try these bars?

  18. posted Sep 12, 2012 at 1:51 am

    My hubby would love these! Too much; he’d make me eat them all to get rid of them. Happy birthday to him!!!

  19. posted Sep 12, 2012 at 1:55 am

    chubby hubbies get in my belly!!! these look so so good, aimee!! i want to make a pan of these right now!

    • posted Sep 12, 2012 at 11:36 am

      DO IT!!!

  20. posted Sep 12, 2012 at 11:19 am

    yum! These look amazing. Definitely for a chubby hubby! Share them on my link-up party of you can and happy birthday to your hubby :-)

  21. posted Sep 12, 2012 at 11:55 am

    My favorite ice cream of all time! These look equally incredible.

  22. posted Sep 12, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    These look like they are to die for! Yum!

  23. posted Sep 12, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Oh wow. What a brilliant idea!

  24. posted Sep 15, 2012 at 2:38 am

    Yum! These look delish and I love the name too! Have a lovely weekend! Angie xo

  25. Mel
    posted Sep 15, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Oh yum! My mouth waters!

  26. posted Sep 15, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    These are stunning! I can only imagine how they taste! Am pinning for later and will be following you from now on!

  27. posted Sep 17, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I pinned the recipe, and yes, my hubby will LOVE these! Thanks! Your newest follower from

  28. Annette
    posted Sep 19, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Wow!! I made these last night and brought them into work today. MAJOR success. I bring in a lot of baked goods and one person told me this is the clear winner. I just discovered your blog this week. I plan to go back and read from the beginning when I have time. Thank you for an awesome recipe.

  29. Anonymous
    posted Sep 19, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    Is 375 the right oven temp? I almost burned the cookie crust! Thankfully I checked them at 13 minutes. Made them tonight for a potluck tomorrow. Hope everyone loves them. :)

    • posted Sep 20, 2012 at 9:52 pm

      I apologize for the anonymous comment yesterday. I was in a hurry and didn’t sign in. I wasn’t sure about the bars at first – we tried them too soon. I tasted one after letting them set up over night and they were amazing! I sent them to my husband’s work today and they were a big hit! I’ll be making them again I’m sure!
      Love your blog and have made several of your recipes (and they’ve all been great!). :)

    • posted Sep 20, 2012 at 11:22 pm

      Sorry I didn’t reply to the anonymous! Crazy 24 hours around here! Anyways, 375 is right. They do appear crunchy, but once you put that filling on top it softens them right back up. If you start with the crust TOO soft, it won’t hold the topping.

      So glad you enjoyed them, and thanks for coming back!

  30. Anonymous
    posted Oct 11, 2012 at 2:37 am

    Can you substitute real butter for the crisco in the base? We try to stay away from the stuff. And what size are the pretzels? I think they are probably the little ones, like those nestle flips, but couldn’t quite tell. Thanks!! Can’t wait it make these – they look soooo good!!!

    • posted Oct 11, 2012 at 11:45 am

      Yes you can use butter. And you’re correct, they are the Nestle Flipz. ENJOY.

    • Anonymous
      posted Oct 12, 2012 at 12:46 am

      Thank you so much!! I can’t wait to make these this weekend!!

  31. posted Oct 25, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    I have the feeling even if I take your advice and cut them in small bites and put them in the freezer they won’t last too long and my kitchen will definitely get cold since I’ll probably open the freezer every 10 minutes.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe, just linked to it in my 100 chocolate recipe round-up

  32. posted Nov 3, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    curious where I would go to purchase malted milk powder… i MUST make these!

    • posted Nov 4, 2012 at 6:22 pm

      I get it in the hot chocolate section of my grocery store. I buy the Carnation brand (Ovaltine would be a chocolate version).

  33. posted Jan 31, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Is there any substitute for the malted milk powder?

  34. Karen M
    posted May 31, 2013 at 11:54 am

    I want to make these for my hubby, however half of my family has a peanut butter allergy. Will almond butter work? Will it still have a fabulous taste or would you suggest something else?

    • Laura
      posted Jul 18, 2013 at 12:23 am

      Yes, almond butter works in this. My 5 year old hates PB, so we substitute a lot. It works a little better with the type that has sugar in it like PB usually does. I made it with our normal stuff(ginormous unsweetened jar from Costco,) and it was okay, but missing something. Then tried a bit of left over sweetened stuff my dd took to day camp and it was amazing!

  35. sylvia
    posted Aug 27, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    These look so good….can I substitute butter for the shortening, and what is malted milk powder? I’m in Canada and have not seen that item in the stores.

  36. Deb
    posted Apr 13, 2014 at 12:21 am

    I’ve noticed several others asking about any substitutions for the malted milk powder, but don’t seem to see any replies – it would be most appreciated! :)

    • posted Apr 13, 2014 at 9:12 am

      You could use Ovaltine, Nesquik or hot cocoa mix too (wouldn’t have the same malted milk taste, but would be delicious and chocolaty).

  37. Janet
    posted Nov 10, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    I’m a novice cook, so this might be a silly question, but do you grease the pan? Also, can you use a 13 x 9″ pan? Thank you!

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