Christmas Cookies~Peanut Butter Bars~Day 6

Welcome to Day 6 of my Christmas Cookie series. There has been lots of great baking going on at our house this week. Today I’m sharing these Peanut Butter Bars, making bar cookies are a great time saver.

PB Layer Bars.fixed

I apoligize for not having step-by-step pictures, but my middle and youngest boys put the middle layer and frosting on these bars while I was outside working on the decorating. I will sacrifice a few photos anyday for the great help.

I also need to share with you that I have never made these before, but they have been on my list to try for quite awhile. As I was taking the pictures of the finished bars, my youngest had one and his response with big eyes “Oh My Goodness!!!” “These are amazing Mom!”  Then while typing this, my husband came into the office and said “Incredible!” He also said that these would give my Twix Bars, that I have made hundreds of times and placed 2nd. at the Indiana State Fair, a run…:)  I guess they’re a keeper! He said they tasted just like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.


Cookie Base


  • 1/2 c. Butter, softened
  • 1/2 c. Creamy or Crunchy Peanut Butter
  • 2 C. Powdered Sugar
  • 2 T. Milk


  • 1 C. Chocolate Chips (I like Milk Chocolate Chips best)
  • 1/4 c. Butter


Preheat oven to 350 degrees, spray a 13 x 9 pan with cooking spray. In large bowl, make Peanut Butter cookies. With floured fingers, press dough in bottom of pan. Bake 15 – 18 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely.

In small bowl, beat filling ingredients until smooth. Spread evenly over cookie base.

In microwave bowl, melt frosting ingredients, stir until smooth. Cool 10 minutes, spread over filling. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until set. Cut into bars.

Notes: The filling is very sticky, you want to add a tiny bit more milk to make it easier to spread. Also, the frosting is great, it could be used on any cookie or even cupcakes as a ganache.

If you missed the last 5 days

Day 1 ~ Graham Cracker Log

Day 2 ~ Pearl Sugar Cookies

Day 3 ~ Chocolate Crinkles

Day 4 ~ Mint Thins

Day 5 ~ Favorites

Be sure to mark your calendars and stop back on December 13th to link up your favorite Christmas Cookies, or just visit to get some great recipes!

This post linked to:

~Sunday Potluck hosted by Mommy’s Kitchen


  1. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Oh wow this looks great! It in a way reminds me of a candy buckeye with the addition of the cookie crust…yum!
    .-= Nutmeg Nanny´s last blog ..Chewy Caramel Oatmeal Bars – All Through The Year Cheer =-.

  2. Oh my! I bet those are delicious! I can almost feel the pounds accumulating on my hips!
    .-= bridget {bake at 350}´s last blog ..The Pioneer Woman . . . a book signing (& cookies, too) =-.

  3. Charlene @ Secrets of a Southern Kitchen says:

    These sound so good–just reading the recipe makes me want to run out and get the stuff to make these!

  4. These look great! My husband loves anything with peanut butter so I know these will be a hit!
    .-= The Novice Chef´s last blog ..Pesto Chicken Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes =-.

  5. Martha says:

    Oh yummy! These would be really great for a cookie exchange too! Thanks for linking them to Monday Munchies and don’t let me forget to come back to link up all my cookie posts on the 13th! :-)
    .-= Martha´s last blog ..More Yummy Holiday Treats =-.

  6. Org Junkie says:

    Oh my word, these look absolutely delicious!!

  7. Petra says:

    these look very good. I have two peanut butter cup loving men in the house. This seems to be the perfect treat for them. I will make them soon. Thanks
    .-= Petra´s last blog ..That is how you eat your math…. =-.

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