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!!

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

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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!

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

  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!

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

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46 comments on “Peanut Butter Bars”

  1. These are AWESOME
    Look sooooooooooooooo delicious
    I really wish i could eat one or two (or three) of these right now !:)

  2. Yummy! Did you take that first picture using a Macro Lens? I am just learning about those. I hope you will share these at my Holiday Cookie Exchange: http://www.tumbleweedcontessa.com/blog/2012-cookie-exchange-cookies-and-memories/

  3. Such a perfect treat!
    I would love to have you share this (or any other recipes of yours) at Wednesday Extravaganza – my Foodie link party, and maybe win a lifetime feature on my Wall of Fame! Here is the link:
    http://www.hungrylittlegirl.com/1/post/2012/10/october-31st-2012.html

    I can’t wait to see you there!

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

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. Oh man, those look SO good! I love reese’s cups and reese’s pieces!

  8. Ratha

    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?

  9. Marla

    This looks amazing. Can’t wit to try it. Quick questions, what are peanut butter morsels?

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  12. Ummmmmmm. NEED THESE. Totally gonna try them this week! Forget the diet 😉 

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