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Desserts

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cookie Bars recipe
photo by:kraft
With flavor just like Grandma's chocolate-peanut butter cookies, these cookie bars start with a cake mix, making prep a breeze.
time
prep:
15 min
total:
5 hr 40 min
servings
total:
32 servings
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What You Need

1
pkg.  (2-layer size) chocolate cake mix
1
pkg.  (3.9 oz.) JELL-O Chocolate Instant Pudding
1/2
cup  butter, melted
1/2
cup  milk
1-1/2
pkg.  (4 oz. each) BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate (6 oz.), chopped, divided
1
cup  PLANTERS Dry Roasted Peanuts, divided
1
cup  PLANTERS Creamy Peanut Butter

Make It

HEAT oven to 350ºF.

LINE 13x9-inch pan with foil; spray with cooking spray. Beat first 4 ingredients with mixer until well blended. (Dough will be thick.) Press half onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake 10 min.

SPRINKLE half each of the chopped chocolate and nuts over crust. Microwave peanut butter in small microwaveable bowl on HIGH 1 min., stirring after 30 sec.; spread over nuts.

ROLL remaining dough into 13x9-inch rectangle between 2 sheets of waxed paper. Peel back top layer of waxed paper; flip dough onto top of dessert. Remove remaining waxed paper. Sprinkle with remaining chocolate and nuts; press gently into dough with spatula.

BAKE 15 min. Cool 1 hour. Refrigerate 4 hours before cutting into bars.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Size Wise
Enjoy your favorite treats on occasion but remember to keep tabs on portions.
Note from the KRAFT Kitchens
We appreciate your comments and changed our method. To create nice even layers, microwave the peanut butter and roll out the top layer of dough as directed. Thank you for all of your helpful suggestions!
Make Ahead
Make these bars a day ahead. Then, just cut them, put them on a serving platter and you're ready to go!
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