Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bars

by aimee @ shugarysweets on March 7, 2014

No need to bake your cookie dough anymore. Make some Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bars with a PB Chocolate frosting and call it done, and no eggs means it’s safe too!

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bars: it's safe to eat, delicious, an easy no bake recipe!

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Eating cookie dough is either something people do naturally, or it’s something that is appalling in their mind.

I know this because I was chatting with the check out lady at the grocery store this week and learned that eating raw cookie dough is not cool in some people’s minds.

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bars: it's safe to eat, delicious, and gorgeous too!

I have heard these arguments before about raw eggs, salmonella. I get it. I hear ya. But it doesn’t stop me. And it never occurred to me to tell my children “no” either. Usually the reason I tell them no is because it’s right before dinner or some other strange time.

But, in line at the checkout with my conveyor belt full of chocolate chips the cashier proceeded to tell me about her son who got violently ill from raw cookie dough. So ill that he was in the hospital for weeks. WEEKS.


Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bars: it's safe to eat, delicious, and gorgeous too!

I had planned on making my usual batch of chocolate chip cookies, eating a few handfuls of cookie dough, then watching TV. Instead I went to my collection of recipes (you know, the stack of printouts of recipes you WANT to make). I found one for Cookie Dough Bars from a blogger named Gingerbread Bagels (she no longer blogs, but I have about a dozen of her recipes printed)!

I decided to give these cookie dough bars a peanut butter twist. I mean, seriously, peanut butter and chocolate chip cookie dough. You all seem to LOVE that combo!

Once I made these and cut them into bites, I realized my good friend Alyssa made them for her blog! I popped over there and saw that her recipe traces back to Gingerbread Bagels too. Great minds think alike!

And yes, these cookie dough bars are SAFE to eat. No raw eggs in these bad boys! The only danger is eating too many!!

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bars: it's safe to eat, delicious, and gorgeous too!

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Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bars

Prep Time: 3 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: 64 pieces


    For the Cookie Dough:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cup mini chocolate chip morsels
  • For the frosting:
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chip morsels


  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat softened butter with brown sugar until fully combined. Add vanilla and peanut butter, beat until fluffy. Add flour and sweetened condensed milk. Beat until everything is blended well. Fold in the mini chocolate chip morsels.
  2. Press into an 8inx8in baking dish.
  3. In a microwave safe, medium sized bowl, add peanut butter and chocolate chips for the frosting. Melt for one minute. Stir and spread over the cookie dough.
  4. Refrigerate for 3 hours (or overnight). Cut into bite sized pieces. Store in a covered container for up to a week.


You can also substitute peanut butter morsels in the cookie dough portion. ENJOY. **recipe from Gingerbread Bagels**

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Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness March 7, 2014 at 7:36 am

I thought my life was complete. Until I saw these.
No bake, 4 steps and peanut butter cookie dough? I <3 you.
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Averie @ Averie Cooks March 7, 2014 at 8:31 am

They look amazing and those cuts. They’re so clean and perfect. Like surgeon’s hands with a razor sharp scalpel. I love it when bars are just SO perfectly cut. It makes them taste better : ) Will be pinning multiple places!
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Karly March 7, 2014 at 8:33 am

So, apparently, the big concern is actually the raw flour, not the raw eggs! I had no idea of that until many, many of my readers let me know this in an egg free cookie dough recipe. So, you know. Brace yo’self. ;)

These look amazing and I would totally risk my life for them.
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Jessica March 7, 2014 at 1:55 pm

Yeah, I used to eat raw cookie dough as a kid, never got sick, but when I grew up and found about the egg/salmonella thing I stopped. When I started seeing all of these eggless cookie dough recipes around I got excited, but then I too saw the raw flour info, so I’m not sure of what to do and have yet to try one of these recipes.


Staci March 14, 2014 at 9:56 am

When you bring flour home freeze it will help kill any weevils in there.


Jeannie Hennig June 4, 2014 at 11:52 am

I have been freezing my flour for years. Started it because I kept getting bugs in it. Now I bring it in from the store and immediately stick it in the freezer. Once you freeze it, you can keep it a container for months or even years and no bugs.


aimee @ shugarysweets June 5, 2014 at 8:20 pm

Since I use a bag of flour within a week or two, I guess I’m not so concerned ;)


aimee @ shugarysweets March 8, 2014 at 7:17 pm

I eat strawberries fresh from the garden, the bugs in flour don’t scare me. LOL!!! I’m such a thrill seeker :)
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Gloria // Simply Gloria June 9, 2014 at 12:09 am

You are hilarious, Aimee! I’m the same way. .. about the bugs AND using that much flour within a week.
I made this yummy treat today so I could leave some out for the milkman tonight. I couldn’t stop eating this to put it in the baking dish. .. so delish!
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 10, 2014 at 9:55 am

Glad to hear you enjoyed the recipe Gloria!!! Hope your milkman enjoyed it too!


Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) March 7, 2014 at 8:38 am

Those bars look absolutely amazing! Now I am super hungry this morning.
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Rachel @ Fairietale Designs March 7, 2014 at 10:11 am

These look amazing! Thanks for the link to Alyssa’s version…PB is a no-no for me so with that, I can enjoy them too!
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Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet March 7, 2014 at 10:17 am

I never used to be one to be mindful of raw cookie dough either until in recent years. Now I always pause and think about it. But these bars, these bars Aimee!! They are brilliant and I need to add them to my stack of printout recipes!
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danielle March 7, 2014 at 10:30 am

Pinning and making – I need these in my life ASAP!


Rachel @ Baked by Rachel March 7, 2014 at 10:58 am

Oh my!!! I wish I could have some!
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Shannon March 7, 2014 at 12:11 pm

Not kidding…I’m little drooling over here.


Tanya Schroeder March 7, 2014 at 12:57 pm

Geez, that is scary! Although I am terrible about eating raw dough and yeah, I sort let my kids do too. Well forget that, now I’ll just make these bars instead!
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Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection March 7, 2014 at 1:23 pm

These are seriously making my mouth water! I might just make a double batch of cookie dough so I can make these, and then keep some cookie dough in the fridge for when the craving hits. :)
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Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar March 7, 2014 at 3:20 pm

I ain’t scared – bring on the cookie dough! :) These bars sound great! And I actually read Gingerbread Bagels before she stopped blogging too – crazy!
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Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts March 7, 2014 at 4:51 pm

Ahhhhhhh, I need this in my life in such a major way!!!


Kayle (The Cooking Actress) March 7, 2014 at 5:00 pm

YEPP. No need to bake cookies when there are such DELICIOUS
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Kayle (The Cooking Actress) March 7, 2014 at 5:01 pm

*uses for cookie dough!!! These bars look craaaazy dangerous!

(sorry about the split comment, I accidentally hit the enter key on the last one! lol)
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Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction March 7, 2014 at 5:07 pm

I just had a similar conversation with a friend who grew up in a house where eating cookie dough was strictly forbidden! I need to pass this recipe on to her!
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Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust March 7, 2014 at 9:18 pm

So awesome!!! Weeks??? OMG. I better start doing eggless more often!
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whatjessicabakednext March 8, 2014 at 9:27 am

These are honestly my idea of heaven! Delish and a great combination of flavours :)
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Jocelyn @BruCrew Life March 8, 2014 at 10:28 am

Cookie dough gets eaten so much at our house too. Love these fun no bake bars…I actually have a new version made after seeing your instagram a few weeks ago. But Karly is right…so many comments about raw flour. I had no idea it was a big deal…but it still doesn’t stop me from eating it :-)
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Kayla March 8, 2014 at 12:30 pm

This looks amazing! I love cookie dough, and I never thought to pair it with peanut butter! This is perfect!
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Abbie @ Needs Salt March 8, 2014 at 1:28 pm

Woot! Eggless cookie dough for the win. These bars look like the perfect combination of decadent and gorgeous. Pretty!
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Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life March 8, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Yikes is right! This recipe is perfect for the cookie dough cravings – LOVE the peanut butter addition. I just know the whole pan would be gone like *that* Thanks for sharing, Aimee, this one is a winner!
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Jennie @themessybakerblog March 10, 2014 at 9:15 am

Raw dough in edible form… Sign me up! These look amazing. Pinned.
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Mir March 10, 2014 at 6:58 pm

Guess I picked the wrong week to avoid peanut butter and chocolate! This is genius. I haven’t been able to eat cookie dough with a clear conscience in forever, and now I can again! Yay!

Thanks for coming up with this. Cookie dough bars. Amazing.
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Melanie March 12, 2014 at 2:22 pm

These look nothing short of AMAZING. And dangerous. Because I fear I won’t want to share with my family…
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Emily @ Life on Food March 13, 2014 at 6:58 pm

Seriously drooling right now! I would love some of these right now.
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Renee @ Awesome on $20 March 22, 2014 at 3:57 pm

Everybody knows that cookie dough is probably better than baked cookies anyway. I’m so glad we can now eat it without anybody saying we’re crazy. These look fantastic.
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embee March 27, 2014 at 3:23 pm

OMG I hope when I die and go to heaven we can eat all these glorious desserts and not get fat or lose all our teeth !!!


Jenn May 2, 2014 at 11:28 am

These are great! I toasted the flour after reading the comments about raw flour. I also used half whole wheat flour because, you know, healthy. But I wanted to add that as I was afraid they might not set (I have an inability to make fudge–we call it “mom’s making ice cream topping” because that’s always how it turns out!) so I doubled the recipe but only added one can of condensed milk. They came out just fine! Thanks for a yummy idea.


Angela August 27, 2014 at 8:00 pm

I made this a few days ago. Delicious recipe! I added extra peanut butter to the dough and Reese pieces.


Tash October 8, 2014 at 2:54 pm

I swear these are the most perfect cubes of cookie dough I have ever seen! And made with peanut butter too?! Heaven! Pinned ;)


Heather in Upland November 21, 2014 at 12:05 pm

Hm. These LOOK good. But I never eat more than a few bites of raw cookie dough. There’s something about the raw flour that turns me off. I have a recipe for copycat peanut butter cups that uses graham cracker crumbs as the main ingredient. They’re surprisingly not very grainy – the butter, peanut butter, and powdered sugar really smooth it out. I wonder if I could alter this cookie dough recipe with graham cracker crumbs instead. Hm. Challenge accepted!


aimee @ shugarysweets November 21, 2014 at 3:06 pm

Good luck and let me know how it turns out!!


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