Crunchy Peanut Butter Bars Recipe
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Crunchy Peanut Butter Bars Recipe

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These delicious bars are great holiday treats, but the kids like them all year long. I used this recipe over and over when our five children were at home. Now I'm thrilled to bake a batch for my grandchildren. -Geraldine Grisdale, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + standing
MAKES:18 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + standing
MAKES: 18 servings


  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips, melted
  • 1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1-1/2 cups crushed cornflakes


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients; beat until crumbly. Press into an ungreased 9-in. square baking pan.
  2. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until set. Cool for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine chocolate chips and peanut butter; stir in cornflakes. Gently spread over top. Let stand until set. Cut into bars. Yield: 1-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Crunchy Peanut Butter Bars in Taste of Home April/May 1998, p33

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Reviewed Jan. 18, 2013

"Not with all that flour. Could it be there is a typo error. Maybe the amount of flour should be 1-3/4 cups. After following the recipe as written. I could not beat the flour ingredients. The basic recipe after baking was really to dry."

Reviewed May. 25, 2012

"Due to comments, we took this recipe back into the Test Kitchen. We made a couple adjustments including changing the pan size to a 9-in. square pan. We hope that these bars become a household favorite! The recipe will be updated soon."

Reviewed Apr. 11, 2012

"Like the others said, the bar layer is pretty dry and crumbly. And because there is peanut butter also mixed in the chocolate layer, it doesn't help the dry, pasty feeling. I probably won't make this again, but if I did I might make the first layer more of a moist shortbread with no peanut butter. Or, keep the peanut butter and instead take it out of the chocolate layer."

Reviewed Aug. 8, 2011

"The flavor of these bars is yummy, but the texture is rather dry. I am going to try it again with either more margarine or adding a little milk. Thanks sharing the recipe!"

Reviewed Sep. 26, 2010

"Too crumbly. I'll never make again. They look good in the picture, though."

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