Gifts from the Kitchen, Chocolate Peanut Butter Overload Bars

I made these extra decadent cookie bars for my Son-in-law, NG {Nicest Guy}… something sweet and special to thank him for letting me “borrow” DD & CC for a whole week

NG and Charlie Brown were leading the bachelor life in the city while us girls had a week at the beach

NG is so much fun to cook for, he is so appreciative, and his eyes light up especially for sweet treats

This is basically another version of a 7 layer bar, my favorite kind of cookies to make

Cake mix, peanut butter, peanut butter cup minis, peanut butter chips, semi sweet morsels, sweetened condensed milk…hence the overload in the recipe title  😉

The base or crust of this bar recipe is made with boxed cake mix combined with creamy peanut butter, 1 egg and canola oil

The dough will look dry and will be crumbly

Once you put it in the baking dish and pat it into an even layer, it will come together

Now for the fun part, adding the toppings!

Drizzle the milk slowly over all, letting it seep into all the nooks and crannies

Ready for the oven

Now for the hard part, letting it cool…

this recipe was adapted from The Gunny Sack

Chocolate Peanut Butter Overload Bars

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24


  • 1 cake mix such as white, yellow or butter pecan
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter creamy or crunchy
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Minis
  • 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • salted peanuts for topping optional


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9″ x 13″ baking dish with cooking spray, then line with a sheet of parchment paper. Lightly spray top of paper.
  • Combine cake mix, peanut butter, canola oil and the egg in a mixing bowl or stand mixer.
  • Press the mixture together on the parchment in the dish, forming an even layer on the bottom of the baking dish.
  • Top the crust with peanut butter chips, chocolate chips and peanut butter cup minis, and peanuts {optional}. Pour sweetened condensed milk over everything.
  • Bake at 350°F for about 25-35 minutes.
  • Let cool completely in dish. Lift baked dough out of dish by holding edges of parchment paper. Cut into bars or squares. The size of the cut bars will determine how many this will make, but they are very rich, so opt for a smaller
Keyword beachy dessert, chocolate peanut butter cookies, easy chocolate cookie bars, easy cookie bars

Quick, give these away!

This type of cookie is so easy to make, and just about anything goes…click on the titles below for more versions

Alabama Comeback Bars   have a crescent roll dough crust

Birthday Bars  have a potato chip crust

Chocolate Cashew Pecan Bars have a crescent roll dough crust

Christmas Candy Squares have a crushed pretzel crust

Easter Egg Hunt Carrot Cake Cookies  have a carrot cake mix crust

5 Minute Trick or Treat Bars  have a graham cracker crust

White Chocolate Butterscotch Cake Bars have a Butter Pecan cake mix crust

Remember this recipe for leftover Halloween candy!

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34 Responses to “Gifts from the Kitchen, Chocolate Peanut Butter Overload Bars”
  1. Jodi says:

    Yum. So sweet of you to do for him. And how sweet of him to let you have the girls for a week. I’m sure it was appreciated as you go through this difficult time. Hugs.

  2. Jenna, I know NG loved these yummy cookies…they look amazing! Having your girls with you for a week was a blessing. Sending hugs❤️

  3. Oh my word! Decadent!!

    Are you doing ok?

  4. anne says:

    I have a family reunion this weekend. These would be a great additional item to take. Thanks!

  5. Cyndi Raines says:

    Wow, overload is right, haha! Sounds delish, but please add some pecans to mine, lol, have to have some nuts,too! 😀

  6. Cyndi Raines says:

    Ooops, just re-read the recipe and see salted peanuts as a topping. That sounds pretty tasty too! 😉

  7. says:

    This has me drooling this morning! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  8. Sharon Mann says:

    Oh my Jenna – yummy!!

  9. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    I love peanut butter and chocolate! These cookie bars look and sound so yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  10. Lynn says:

    Yep, that will take care of the sweet tooth:@)

  11. This looks about as decadent as they come — which means WOW! I’m going to remember that crust and the condensed milk — it could easily come together as an emergency dessert.

  12. Oh my gosh! These look absolutely incredible! My dad does love his sweets, and I’m sure he would be happy to get a container of these. I am making these for sure. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  13. Mary says:

    Oh my…overload is right! I know your SIL had to love these bars Jenna. It’s so much more fun to cook for someone that has a sweet tooth! Thinking of you. ♥

  14. rawsonjl says:

    Oh my those do look amazing! I have a peanut butter/chocolate loving family and I am sitting here wondering why we’ve never thought to mix up our 7 layer bar toppings like this! YUM! Pinned.

  15. Miz Helen says:

    Your post is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week and it will be pinned to our features board. Hope you have a lovely day and thanks so much for sharing your post with us!
    Miz Helen

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