Best-Loved Chocolate Bars Recipe
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Best-Loved Chocolate Bars Recipe

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Whenever I'm invited to a potluck with family and friends, it's understood these scrumptious bars will come with me. Our grandchildren request them when they visit. Usually, I wait until they arrive, so we can make the treats together.—Paula Marchesi, Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 package chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 16 squares)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons half-and-half cream
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 jar (11-3/4 ounces) hot fudge ice cream topping
  • 1 package (11-1/2 ounces) milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup salted peanuts

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 326 calories, 17g fat (7g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 268mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix and cracker crumbs. Cut in peanut butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. In a small bowl, whisk egg and cream. Add to the crumb mixture just until moistened. Set aside 3/4 cup for topping. Press the remaining crumb mixture into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan.
  2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Beat in ice cream topping until smooth. Spread over the crust. Sprinkle with the chocolate chips, peanuts and reserved crumb mixture.
  3. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until set. Cool on a wire rack. Cover; refrigerate at least 4 hours. Cut into bars. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 2 dozen.
Editor's Note: Reduced-fat peanut butter is not recommended for this recipe.
Originally published as Best-Loved Chocolate Bars in Country Woman July/August 2004, p31

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HeatherHH User ID: 1550099 112869
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2012

"These were okay, but none of us (myself and 6 children) were really that impressed with them. There are a ton of other desserts, including easy ones, that we'd rather have."

Domino712 User ID: 5577041 86040
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2010

"I made this recipe for a crowd based on the reviews and boy did I make a mistake. They were very dry and had no appeal. Very disappointed. I had to double the recipe to feed more but followed it to a tee so maybe that had something to do with it not sure. I couldn't give the leftovers away. Will not make them again."

sanddeb6 User ID: 4685405 55586
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2010

"I add 1/4 c. peanut better to the hot fudge"

JFenrick User ID: 1441711 59454
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2009

"I made these for my 8th grade class and they gobbled them up. I loved the white chocolate chip tip."

JennyTaylor User ID: 2874618 55560
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2008

"What a rich and yummy bar! I used white chocolate chips instead of the peanuts to make them even more chocolatey!"

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