Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bars

Prep 15 mins
Cook 25 mins
Add'l 1 hr
Total 1 hr 40 mins

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bars - a layer of peanut butter cookie, then a thick layer of cookie dough and topped with chocolate ganache!

Jorge and I played hooky and took Ellie and Lyla to the aquarium. We were in and out in 40 minutes because the girls RAN through the entire thing and had zero interest in pretty fish or sharks.

So pro tip – don’t take your 20 month old twins to an aquarium expecting a nice luxurious stroll looking at pretty fish. Ain’t gonna happen. No way.

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bars - a layer of peanut butter cookie, then a thick layer of cookie dough and topped with chocolate ganache!

We wound up right back at home where we started — except $50 poorer — and had some friends over for a big play date in the backyard.

We had a billion bubbles going, our new slide (that the girls LOVE) and these Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bars. It might not have been our plan, but it turned out to be a pretty great afternoon anyways.

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bars - a layer of peanut butter cookie, then a thick layer of cookie dough and topped with chocolate ganache!

These Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bars start off with a thick layer of my favorite peanut butter cookies. Then a big giant layer of eggless cookie dough. And it’s all topped off with a gorgeous chocolate ganache.

Seriously, these bars are outrageous in the best kind of way. If you are the kind of person that finds yourself eating half of the cookie dough out of the bowl while making cookies, these are absolutely made for you!

Yield: 20 servings

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bars

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bars stacked on a white cake stand

These three-layer cookie dough bars are made with soft peanut butter cookies, fudgy eggless cookie dough, and a rich chocolate ganache.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes


  • Peanut Butter Cookie Layer
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Cookie Dough Layer
  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Chocolate Glaze
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 4 teaspoons corn syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted


  1. Peanut Butter Cookie Layer: Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the peanut butter, butter and both sugars, until light and fluffy. Add in the egg and vanilla.
  4. Gradually add in the flour mixture on low speed. Stir until dough forms. Press dough into an even layer in the prepared baking dish.
  5. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until the edges are browned, and remove from oven. Let cool completely.
  6. Cookie Dough Layer: In a large bowl, beat butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla, milk, flour and salt until smooth. Fold in chocolate chips.
  7. Smooth into an even layer on top of the cooled peanut butter cookie layer.
  8. Chocolate Glaze: In a small sauce pan, combine butter, milk, corn syrup, and vanilla extract and heat over medium heat until butter is melted. Decrease the heat to low, add the chocolate, and whisk until chocolate melts.
  9. Remove from heat, add the powdered sugar, and whisk until smooth. Let chocolate glaze sit for 5 minutes until it has cooled slightly and started to thicken just a little bit. Then slowly pour on top in an even layer.
  10. Let bars cool in the fridge for 1 hour before serving. Slice and serve cool or let come to room temperature (I prefer them at room temperature).

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 428Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 293mgCarbohydrates: 79gFiber: 2gSugar: 53gProtein: 6g


Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bars - a layer of peanut butter cookie, then a thick layer of cookie dough and topped with chocolate ganache!

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9 Responses
  1. Heather | All Roads Lead to the Kitchen

    Yeah, I’m totally that kind of person…no wonder these look so amazing to me!

  2. Kacey @ The Cookie Writer

    Haha, there are so many things I have wanted to do with my daughter but have waited because I know she will just rush through them!! These bars look so delicious and would satisfy all my sugar cravings!

  3. Michelle @ The Complete Savorist

    This is perfect for when you can’t decide what you want for dessert. I know I would love to have a bite.

  4. cookbook queen

    Don’t you love how kids always react the complete OPPOSITE of how you’d expect? I really have found that all it ever takes is a bottle of bubbles.

    These bars are absolutely perfect. Look at that thick layer of cookie dough! Yes, please.

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