Peanut Butter Bars


Peanut Butter Bars

Peanut Butter Bars
35 Min

Peanut butter is a favorite food of kids of all ages, so bake up a batch of these yummy peanut butter bars today. Start with a cake mix, add chunky peanut butter and a couple other ingredients then get ready for the applause!

What You'll Need

  • 1 (16.5-ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 (10-ounce) package peanut butter chips
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, eggs, peanut butter, and butter; mix well. Press half the mixture onto bottom of an ungreased 9- x 13-inch baking dish. Bake 10 minutes.
  3. Remove peanut butter base from oven, top with peanut butter chips, and drizzle with sweetened condensed milk. Crumble remaining peanut butter mixture then sprinkle over top. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden.
  4. Allow to cool completely then cut into bars.


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Another great recipe for bars or cookies that starts with a cake mix. I am so happy when I find recipes like this because I find that using a cake mix takes away the hassle of measuring a dozen different ingredients. My family loves peanut butter cookies, so these are now a favorite, too.

Super easy and will definitely make these bars again. The only thing I did not understand was how to "crumble remaining peanut butter mixture" since it was a moist dough so I just dropped the dough in pieces over the chips. I also used a combination of peanut butter and milk chocolate chips so they wouldn't be quite so sweet.

I use many of your recipes. I sub sugar free as much as possible for diabetic hubby. Do you have any idea of how to 'make' sweetened condensed milk that doesn't contain sugar? Thinking of something along the line of Milnot w/ Splenda...maybe. THANKS FOR THE SUPER RECIPES!!

Hi there! Here's a recipe for sugar-free sweetened condensed milk: 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated skim milk 1 1/2 cup nonfat dry milk powder 1/2 cup Splenda In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. Refrigerate for at least an hour, or up to one week in refrigerator. Yields 3 1/2 cups Enjoy!

my grandaughter & I baked these after church today and they are yummy. very easy to make and you can change the recipe using chocolate cake & chips.

Thanks for the tips. I am trying it now. I added 1/4 cup self rising flour and 2 Tablespoons of sugar to make up for the missing 2 ounces of cake mix. I will let you know how it turns out. Also, the batter was not crumbly so I just pinched off small pieces and placed it around the top to cover as much surface as I could.

They turned out great!

I haven't tried this recipe yet, however I thought it was strange that recipe called for a 18.25 oz. mix but others were having a problem because they could only find a 16.5 oz. I had some older cake mixes so went to look to see what the weight was. Sure enough the older ones were 18.25 and the new ones were 16.5. Note the boxes were the same size. I smell a rat! I did not notice that change and I bet they were counting on that too. Woops did I blow someone's cover?

I started adding instant pudding mix to accommodate SOME of the recipes that I have requiring the 18.25 oz mix - thing is, the mayonnaise cakes take the 18.25 - SO, it looking wetter than I thought it should, I added and instant pudding to it - WORKED ) YAY!!!!

Made these for a lunch with friends. They were a giant hit! Easy to make and "oh, soooooo good"!

We'll, I have changed my mind on these. The next day they were moist and delicious. Will make again!

Our little grocery store did not have the 18 oz cake mix so I just used a regular cake mix. Perhaps that is why the dough did not actually crumble? I baked it 25 minutes and the edges were too done and the inside is quite moist. They are good but not great. I double I make them again. My husband likes them more that I do.

A Lot of these recipes call for cake mix 18.25 ounce. I'm finding it very difficult to find this size usually the biggest I find is 16.25.

I rate these 3 stars. I made these for the 1st time yesterday. Even though I baked them for 25-30 min they did not seem to be done. On testing with a toothpick, it came out looking wet, so I put them back in for 6 more minutes. They came out too dry, so only bake these for 25 min, pull out and let sit!! I used a dark chocolate cake mix and used 1/2 peanut butter chips & 1/2 semi-sweet chips. Next time, if there is one, I will only bake for 25 min!!

Very easy and tasted great! Will definitely make these again!


Could somebody tell me if you could use creamy peanut butter instead of chunky? Thanks

yes i use creamy all the time still turns out great

Thanks for your answer H Beet. I took them to a family reunion and I took home an empty dish. I will definately try them with choc. chips too.

I added chocolate chips along with the peanut butter chips and it was a huge success. I brought them to my boyfriend's dorm and they were gone in a day.

Could someone tell me if the texture of the bars are cake like or cookie like? Thanks!

It's a very dense, moist cake texture- not quite to the cookie texture.

Sounds easy and delicious .

These bars are easy to make and are peantbuttery delicious

These sound delicious

Excuse the ignorance as I am new to baking - I don't understand when you say"crumble remaining peanut butter mixture then sprinkle over top" Please help.

In Step 2, you combine cake mix, eggs, peanut butter, and butter; mix well. Press half the mixture onto bottom of an ungreased 9" x 13" baking dish. Since you are only using half, you sprinkle the remaining half over the filling of peanut butter chips and sweetened condensed milk.

Many thanks. I will give it a try over the weekend.

Looks so yummy will definitely try.

I have made these three times. They are delicious. Even ehen i made a made a slight mistake. Everyone loves them. I have used butterscotch chips and semi-sweet chocolate chips. Be careful not to overbake. Once, I drizzled caramel ice cream topping over them. Probably added a few calories.

They look very good. I will bake them for my family.

My family loooooved these! So did the neighbors! I switched out the pb chips for milk chocolate and they were delicious. My eight year old cannot stop eating them....I can't either!!! Thanks for an amazing and easy dessert!

I made these and got rave reviews. They were delicious and easy to make. I chilled the second half of the peanut butter base in the refrgerator for 8-10 minutes and then spooned it onto the chips and condensed cream. It turned out great. Be careful not to overcook. Next time I plan to use butterscotch chips and have two tasty flavors. My adult children said to make them again.

these are the best superbowl or weekend recipes yet!!!

the peanut bars are wonderful, and easy to do.


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