Peanut Butter Cookie Bars are our favorite soft, chewy peanut butter cookies in bar form then slathered in a layer of creamy peanut butter and topped with decadent Butterfinger chocolate frosting!
This Peanut Butter Cookie Bars recipe is what dreams are made of. So yes, dreams do come true. All you have to do is make this Peanut Butter Cookie Bars recipe!
I have inherited a few loves from my dad. Love of speed. Love of hard work. Love of chocolate and peanut butter…together.
I am indebted to my dad for teaching me that even when there are no sweets in the house, you can always plunge a spoon into the peanut butter jar, smash it into a pile of chocolate chips and viola! – customizable chocolate peanut butter decadence. Add coconut. Add whipped cream. Go ahead. Get crazy.
So when I brought these Peanut Butter Cookie Bars with Butterfinger Chocolate Frosting to his house, I kind of knew he would love them. Love them he did. My mom said only to leave a few because they were trying to be “good.” So I filled up a plate with these soft, peanut buttery, chocolaty morsels (to that my mom said, “oh, that’s too much”) and by the time I left, there was only one enticing square remaining. Granted, it was a celebatory day, my dad had just sold his company, so I encouraged him to eat as many as he wanted.
I should have just left the whole pan.
These Peanut Butter Cookie Bars recipe is based off an old family recipe of “favorites.” With a few minor changes, they are now one of my “favorites.” They are incredibly easy to prepare and feed a gazzilion people. Not to mention they they are rich chocolate and peanut butter through and through. The only real changes I made was to swap out crunchy peanut butter in the cookies (adds a little something-something), add some cinnamon and swap out some powdered sugar in the frosting for butterfingers to create chocolate butterfinger frosting. Yes. Butterfinger frosting. I’ll let you salivate over that for a moment…
So let’s recap: soft peanut butter cookie dough baked for 12 -15 minutes then topped with a layer of peanut butter that melts to spreadability as it kisses the warm cookie surface to create the perfect amount of peanut butter nestled in between the peanut butter cookie and the chocolate Butterfinger frosting.
While the cookie is baking, you melt butter and cocoa powder in a saucepan then mix it with crushed butterfingers, powdered sugar and evaporated milk to create Chocolate Butterfinger Frosting. You’re welcome.
Top your peanut butter cookie and peanut butter layer with the Chocolate Butterfinger Frosting and rich, decadent, soft, chewy, peanut buttery, bars won’t be able to stop calling your name. Nay. Screaming your name.
These peanut butter cookie bars are great to feed a crowd because you cut them small because they are so rich. But most importantly – who doesn’t love chocolate and peanut butter – together?
Peanut Butter Cookie Bars with Chocolate Butterfinger Frosting. Making your dreams come true one peanut butter chocolate stuffed bite at at time.
Carlsbad Cravings Original adapted by old family recipe
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