Peanut Butter Bars

Perfect Peanut Butter Bars: Made with Reese’s and peanut butter fudge on a peanut butter cookie crust!

Peanut Butter Cookie Bars- triple layer #peanutbutter bars with Reese's cups and pieces!

So here’s the thing. I know many of you LOVE chocolate and peanut butter together. And while I enjoy it, it’s not my FAVORITE combination. If I’m going to have peanut butter…pile on the peanut flavor!

That’s what I did with this recipe. Not only do you have a base made from peanut butter cookie dough, but I topped the cookie with a creamy peanut butter ganache (for lack of better definition) and covered that with mini Reese’s peanut butter cups and Reese’s pieces.

You’re welcome.

Now, if you haven’t done so already, go get ready for Halloween. It’s tomorrow. And I have no candy yet to hand out because I used it all in recipes this month!!


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Peanut Butter Bars

Perfect Peanut Butter Bars: Made with Reese's and peanut butter fudge on a peanut butter cookie crust!


For the Cookie Layer:

  • 1/2 cup butter flavored Crisco
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda

For the Middle Layer:

  • 1 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 bag (10oz) peanut butter morsels

For the Topping:

  • 1 bag (14oz) Reese's pieces
  • 1 bag (8oz) Reese's MINI peanut butter cups


  1. For the cookie, beat Crisco with peanut butter, milk and brown sugar until creamy. Beat in egg. Add flour, salt and baking soda, mix until thoroughly combined.
  2. Press cookie dough into a lightly greased 15x10 baking sheet. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 18-22 minutes, until browned. Remove.
  3. While baking, heat condensed milk with butter over low heat until warmed. Remove from heat, whisk in peanut butter morsels and stir until melted. Pour over warm cookie layer.
  4. Immediately press candies into top layer. Allow to set, about one hour. Slice and serve!!
  5. **I store cut cookie bars in a ziploc freezer bag for my kid's lunches. The color of the candies may change slightly, but they taste delicious!

Peanut Butter Cookie Bars- triple layer #peanutbutter bars with Reese's cups and pieces!


About Aimee

Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on October 30, 2012

Comments & Reviews

  1. It seems like no peanut butter treats can be complete without a little Reese’s. Thanks for sharing the recipe for these cookie bars

  2. That is an *insane* amount of PB there, girl! I’m loving every second of it, too. Anyone with a nut allergy within a 10-mile radius of me needs to head for the hills, because those jars of peanut butter are going DOWN in this household!

  3. Oh my gosh! You’re amazing. Love how much peanut butter there is in this. My problem with peanut butter goodies sometimes is that the flavor isn’t strong enough. When I want peanut butter, I want peanut butter flavor and not just a subtle hint. This looks like the perfect solution!

  4. Hi, I just ran across your recipe 🙂 It looks absolutely wonderful, but I had questions about the Crisco. Does it have to be used, of could I substitute with butter? Would using butter/margarine change the cookie layer completely?

    1. You can use unsalted butter in place of the Crisco. the texture of the cookie may change, but it will still taste delicious!!!

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