Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

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Soft and chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars!  These cookie bars are made extra thick in a 9×9 pan and are loaded with creamy peanut butter and packed full of chocolate chips!

peanut butter cookie bars with chocolate chips

Chocolate & Peanut Butter: A Dynamic Duo

Is there even a better flavor combination than chocolate and peanut butter?  I’m not sure that there is, and any recipe that combines these two flavors is a winner in my book.

So, it probably won’t surprise you that these peanut butter chocolate chip cookie bars are among my latest baking obsessions.  Recently I’ve been going through peanut butter like mad (fortunately I’d stocked up on jars over the holidays when I made dozens and dozens of peanut butter blossoms and a pan of peanut butter lasagna!), and the craze has continued as I’ve been making a batch of peanut butter chocolate chip cookie bars once a week.

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Tips & Recommendations

They’re soft and chewy, made with a dash of cornstarch and creamy peanut butter (I don’t recommend using natural peanut butter).  These cookie bars can be made with milk, semisweet, or dark chocolate chips (or even white chocolate chips, it just depends on your chocolate preferences, I always prefer semisweet chocolate).

While I love a great chocolate chip cookie, these peanut butter chocolate chip cookie bars might be even better, and not just because they add peanut butter into the mix.

peanut butter cookie bars dough in a bowl

How to Make Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Making the dough is as simple as making classic cookie dough, but the actual production requires half the effort because there’s no need to scoop the cookie dough into even-sized balls, wait to cook pan after pan of cookie dough, and repeat over and over until all of the cookie dough is gone.

Also, unlike with so many of my favorite cookie recipes, there’s absolutely no chilling required to make these cookie bars.  Just spread the batter into the pan and you’re good to go!

This recipe can be made in a 13×9 pan if you prefer, but I like to bake it in my smaller 9×9 pan instead for extra thick and chewy peanut butter chocolate chip cookie bars (like I said… big peanut butter & chocolate fan over here, so the bigger and fatter the squares the better!).

Keep in mind that if you do opt for the larger pan you will need to shave five minutes or so off of the cook time, as the thinner bars will bake much faster than their deep dish counterparts.

Stack of peanut butter cookie bars on a plate

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 16 bars
Author Samantha
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Soft and chewy peanut butter chocolate chip cookie bars! These cookie bars are made extra thick in a 9×9 pan and are loaded with creamy peanut butter and packed full of chocolate chips!


  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 ½ cups light brown sugar tightly packed
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 large egg + 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 cups chocolate chips semisweet or milk chocolate would work great

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  • Preheat oven to 350°F and line a 9×9 pan with parchment paper (or lightly grease and flour the pan).
  • Using an electric mixer, cream together butter, peanut butter, and sugars until well combined.
  • Add egg, egg yolk, and vanilla extract and stir well.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt until well combined.
  • Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture until completely combined.
  • Add milk and stir again until mixture is well incorporated.
  • Fold in chocolate chips.
  • Transfer batter to prepared 9×9 pan and use a spatula to spread it evenly into pan.
  • Bake on 350F for 35 minutes or until edges are just beginning to turn golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with few moist crumbs.
  • Allow to cool before cutting and serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 497, Carbohydrates: 61g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 25g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Cholesterol: 44mg, Sodium: 138mg, Potassium: 177mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 42g, Vitamin A: 425IU, Vitamin C: 0.2mg, Calcium: 66mg, Iron: 1.8mg
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Samantha is the creator behind the dessert blog “Sugar Spun Run”, a website she began as an excuse to appease her insatiable sweet tooth. Here she shares original, from-scratch desserts, usually of the chocolate variety. If she’s not in her kitchen (more likely than not coated in a fine dusting of powdered sugar), you’ll probably find her hanging out with her husband and their two dogs, Penny and (Princess) Leia.

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  1. This recipe did not work out for me. I bake nearly every day and I know that it isn’t my oven. I baked them in a 13×9 pan and after 45 minutes, the middle was still raw and the edges nearly burned. I’m not sure what went wrong, but I feel like a whole cup of butter and of peanut butter may just be too much moisture. I’d suggest one stick of butter.

  2. Wonderful. I was a bit worried when I realized that the big bag of chocolate chips lurking in the back of the pantry was mini-morsels, but they worked fine.

    Just what does the cornstarch add to the batter? I can’t recall seeing it in a cookie recipe before5 stars

    1. Glad you enjoyed them Mary! The cornstarch mixed with the flour creates a tender and delicious cookie bar!

    1. Oh no! Sorry to hear that Meghan. This recipe is usually a hit with readers. Is there anything specific that we can help with?

  3. Made it vegan – split the recipe in half. Subbed the eggs out with Bob’s Red Mill egg replacer. Used Melt organic “butter” sticks. Only had “natural” peanut butter on hand thought it might be a little too oily but it isn’t. Bumped up the corn starch a bit and I’m heavy handed on the vanilla. All in all it came out great! Oh used a 11 3/4 by 7 1/2 glass baking dish @ 350 for 35 minutes in a convection oven.5 stars

  4. I made this recipe in a 9×13” pan and it turned out fabulous! I’ve also used this recipe for chunky almond butter and milk chocolate chip bars. My oven tends to run a little cool, so I left them in for 37 minutes. This recipe also lends itself well to whole wheat pastry flour. Super versatile recipe!5 stars

  5. I followed the recipe and at the 35 min mark I checked on it and the entire inside is still raw. I tried adding more time and decreased the temp. Didn’t turn out. Really sad3 stars

    1. I am sorry the recipe didn’t work out for you Dena. Have you checked your oven temperature? I once had an oven that was baking nearly 60 degrees cooler than set.

  6. My cookies came out soft in the middle I cooked them forever and didn’t come out like a cookie at all so sad what could have happened? I followed the recipe exact and even used a scale.

  7. What should the bars look like on the inside? I am not positive they cooked all the way. I followed the exact directions and pan size. Still taste good and I love soft cookie types. Even added a few minutes cooking time didn’t want edges and top to get too dark. Any suggestions.5 stars

    1. They’ll be very soft and chewy on the inside. You can see this in the photos in the post, that they’re very chewy, not cakey at all. Enjoy Theresa!

  8. This is a great flavor combination but I agree with other commenters – they really need to be made in a bigger pan! And believe me I have nothing against a thick chewy cookie bar – it’s just crazy overkill for a 9×9. I dumped the unbaked dough out into a 9×13 and that’s better, but if I try it again, I’ll try to just halve the recipe or look for a less fussy alternative, sorry to say.

    1. Wow why can’t people just make their own variations if they are not happy….It is her recipe not yours Monica. If you aren’t happy with it just make your own recipe. Sick of seeing people do this to others. Especially when they completely change someones recipe and rudely post it. People are just not very nice anymore. They get more pleasure out of insulting people. I can’t wait to try this with my granddaughter next weekend…looks great (especially the thickness) it’s a cookie bar like a brownie not a flat cookie….5 stars

  9. Is it one 1/2 cup of brown sugar or is it 1 and 1/2 cup? You only wrote 1/2 cup (regular) sugar so I’m thinking it’s 1 and 1/2 cups but since you didn’t pluralize the cup like you did for the 2 3/4 cups of flour I’m confused. I may be way over thinking this as well. Thanks for clarification. 

    1. It’s 1 and 1/2 cups. I’ve updated the cups to make it more clear! Thank you for asking Peg. Enjoy the bars!

  10. I made mine in a 13 X 9 metal pan because I wanted to have more pieces. They still came out nice and thick and are delicious!!  This is such an easy recipe…used part light and dark brown sugar only because I had to without running to the store for more light brown. They were perfect. This is an excellent recipe Holly!!  With my homemade peach pie and these for dessert, we’re going to have an awesome Fathers Day dinner!!  Many thanks!

    1. I have only made the recipe as written, so can’t say for sure, but it may make them slightly chewier. Let us know if you try it Ruth!

  11. I tried the recipe and a 9×9 inch pan is too small because the dough was too thick.  I had to bake
    for about 45 minutes for the dough to cook, which resulted in it being too brown on the top.  I would suggest a 13×9 inch pan so the dough will cook all the way through.  Also the recipe does not say whether a glass or aluminum pan should be used.  

    1. Belinda, they just need more time in the oven. It’s possible it may be the temperature of your oven, or if you used a glass dish, it will likely take longer to bake. You can bake these in a 9×13 pan if you don’t want them to be so thick. This should take around 25-28 minutes for them to fully bake.

  12. I tried this recipe and they didn’t turn out right. The dough was way too thick and they wouldn’t cook through either. Not sure if one of my ingredients was bad or old or what but I’ll have to try it again.

    1. I’m sorry to hear the recipe didn’t turn out for you. I can’t say for sure why. It’s been tested and has turned out for me, so I hope that next time it works for you Sarah.

  13. These pictures make me want to jump into my computer and take a big bite! I’m serious, a little veganizing and I would make these in a heartbeat.5 stars

  14. Like you, I love making cookie bars so I don’t have to chill the dough or form balls of dough! Cookie bars are truly the MVP. LOL Peanut butter totally belongs with chocolate. 5 stars

  15. Hooray – another way to get chocolat4e chips into peanut butter! Seriously, isn’t that one of the best combinations?

  16. I’m with you, chocolate and peanut butter are the best! This looks super easy to make, will definitely be giving this a go!5 stars

  17. These look like they would TOTALLY hit the spot right now! Love the tip for making them in a smaller pan for that extra thick, chewy bar texture!

  18. I so agree – peanut butter and chocolate together is a winner every time! Love a cookie bar too – no scooping, you get that treat faster! :)

  19. Peanut butter and chocolate is a match made in heaven! I LOVE how thick these bars are! So many bar recipes can be on the thin side, and these are just so gorgeous and impressive!5 stars

  20. Nope. There doesn’t need to be anything else invented after peanut butter and chocolate and these bars look amazing. I want to eat that bowl of cookie dough!5 stars

  21. These sound SOOOO decadent! But in all the right ways. I could SERIOUSLY eat a whole pan of these. #SorryNotSorry

  22. Oh my goodness these look amazing! I love a good cookie bar and it’s been forever since I’ve made any! Your recipe looks delish! Can’t wait to try these out!5 stars

  23. Okay, I could eat that whole pan! Peanut butter with chocolate is a weakness of mine. I’m not much of a baker but these look fairly easy for a non-baker like me. I will definitely be giving these a try!5 stars

  24. OMG Samantha! These sound and look absolutely fabulous! My daughters birthday is coming up and I bet she’d LOVE these! 5 stars

  25. Ummm…hello?  You’re my new best friend.  These are genius.  I love that they don’t require chilling before baking.  Sometimes when you have that PB and Chocolate need, you can’t wait for silly things like chilling.5 stars

      1. I unfortunately had the same experience as others have commented. Dough seems to be way too thick for the pan. I cooked for 55 minutes and dough was still raw inside and I gave up.3 stars

  26. I love the sound of this so much. Peanut butter, chocolate chips and bars.. That’s all my favorites in one.. Sounds incredible.5 stars