Chubby Hubby Cookie Bars

Chubby Hubby Cookie Bars topped with a chocolate fudge, peanut butter drizzle and chocolate covered pretzels. YUM.
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


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! The malted milk powder gives these cookie bars a delicious CHEWY texture!

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Chubby Hubby Cookie Bars topped with a chocolate fudge, peanut butter drizzle and chocolate covered pretzels. YUM.

About Aimee

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Posted on September 11, 2012

Comments & Reviews

  1. I wanted to make a unique cookie for a cookie exchange party. These were not only easy, but they are delicious! The perfect blend of sweet and salty, chewy and crunchy.

  2. 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!

  3. 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! 🙂

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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?

    1. 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!

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

  6. 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

  7. 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!!!

  8. 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. 🙂

    1. 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!). 🙂

    2. 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!

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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 🙂


  12. 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?

  13. 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!

  14. 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. 🙂

  15. 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!

  16. 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.


  17. 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. 🙂

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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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!!!

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