Peanut Butter Cake Bars Recipe
- 2/3 cup butter, softened
- 2/3 cup peanut butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 package (11-1/2 ounces) milk chocolate chips
- 1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter, peanut butter, sugar and brown sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in chocolate chips.
- 2. Spread into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: 2 dozen.
1 bar equals 277 calories, 14 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 52 mg cholesterol, 178 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.
Reviews for Peanut Butter Cake Bars
"These bars are very brownie-like, not really a cake and not really a cookie. I used an egg substitute and they still turned out good. The peanut butter and chocolate chips go great together."
"These were OK. 40 minutes was too long to bake."
"Has anyone tried this recipe with Gluten free flour?I use Namaste perfect flour blend and I want to try this recipe but with gluten free flour and wow butter."
"These were good when they were fresh out of the oven, but as soon as they cooled off they were very dry. They weren't very peanut buttery tasting either."
"Everyone loved this recipe,they turned out perfect. Thanks for shareing your recipe."
"Wow!! I made these today during our ice storm, and I am glad I did. I loved the consistency of the bars. I did add more peanut butter since I read the other reviews and they said it was very light. Great bar, the hubby and my neighbors loved them!!"
"Loved these! Peanut buttery and moist. Only problem I had was the edges getting a little too done and slightly burnt by the time the center tested done. Will make again!"
"I was very disappointed with this recipe. There was not a lot of peanut butter flavor, as other reviews pointed out. I could have dealt with the lack luster peanut butter flavor and adjusted it accordingly the next time but my family did not care for the texture. I also thought they were kind of greasy. Maybe I creamed the butter mixture too long? I was hoping for a more chewy, crisp bar. I might had gotten more of the texture I was hoping for if I had baked them in a jelly roll pan instead of a 9x13 pan. Sadly, I will not be trying the recipe again, it had too many strikes against it for our family."
"I made these wonderful bars this evening, my husband ate them even before they were cool and said numerous times how much he liked them. They are delicious and I will plan on making them again in the near future. Thank you for this great recipe"
"These were so good! They disappeared very quickly!"
"Wow! I can't even begin to say how great this recipe turned out. These were a huge hit, and I can honestly say these are one of the best cake bars I have ever had. I even used a cup of whole wheat pastry flour and no one could tell. Loved the flavor. Made no changes. They were soooo good!!! Would make again and again!!"
"Since we have peanut allergies, I made this with sunflower seed butter. I added a bit more than called for since some people said it didn't have much of a peanut butter taste. I could taste it, but wouldn't have minded a bit more. Moist and chewy."
"I cut the baking temp and time downtt... And these turned out so good! I had recipe requests at work after the first bite."
"Wonderful bars! I had the bars in the oven and was reading reviews and based on them, turned the timer down by fifteen minutes....however, the bars weren't done, so altogether they were baked for forty minutes and came out perfectly. Lots of peanut butter taste - at least enough for us! - and we love the addition of the milk chocolate chips. Moist, great peanut butter flavor...delicious!!!"
"Excellent recipe! My husband asked me why I never made something like a GORP cookie. I said because you told me you don't like raisins in cookies! Of course, he didn't remember that and said he thought he would like GORP cookies. I saw this recipe and decided to put it to use. I used 1 C. raisins with 1 C. choco chips and they are a big hit, exactly as he imagined a good GORP cookie to be. Will make these again soon, I am sure -- now that he knows he likes raisins in his cookies!"
"I made these cake bars for my card club and everyone loved them. There isn't a strong peanut butter flavor, but nice and subtle. To me, they tasted like a warm, soft chocolate chip cookie! I might add toasted walnuts next time."
"I thought these were excellent. I saw several reviews that stated the bars were too dry/sweet, and lacked some strong PB flavor. So, I only put in 3/4c. brown sugar and 3/4c. granulated sugar, upped the PB to 1 cup, and added a quick splash of milk. I also melted the butter as opposed to softening it, because I've found melted butter makes for a softer finished product. I didn't have a 9x13 pan, so I used a sheet pan at 350 degrees for 19 minutes.I think it's delicious. Super moist with a great peanut butter flavor.**For people who are avid fans, though, I'd recommend adding up to 1-1/2 cups of peanut butter, because while I could taste it, I'd still call it "light.""
"They're awesome. They were gone before bedtime"
"I have made these more than once and every time I do they always come out perfect. They are moist and so delicious, you just can"t eat one. I will make them over and over. I sometimes use half peanut butter chips or even all peanut butter chips and they are great too."
"I've already made these twice in 1 week, because once my grandma heard that I had made it at our house, she was eager for me to try it with her. I agree they taste almost like brownies, Delicious!!!! To add to the wonderful peanut butter flavor, I made them with Nestle naturally flavored Peanut Butter and Milk Chocolate Morsels with amazing results, they were gone too fast! One of the best recipes I've tried on Taste of Home. MMMMMMmmmmmm!"
"Made these bars for a 4th of July picnic. Great reviews!! Will make this recipe over and over."
"I made these for Father's Day. To dress them up a little, I cut the bars a little larger and served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate syrup. So yummy! My mom does not eat ice cream so she enjoyed hers plain, as is and she is not a person to eat seconds but asked if she could have another. When I baked these for the minimum suggested time the middle was not quite done, so I baked for another 5 minutes. The edges got a little crispy but some in my family, including me, like things a little crispy."
"Our family totally loved these!! We call them Peanut Butter Brownies because that is the consistency to us. I did use semi sweet chips because we aren't much on milk chocolate. I baked them for 45 minutes. I agree that the edges were a little too brown, but they weren't hard. I will be making another batch today, per request, and I will start with 35 minutes and go from there."
"This had a great peanut butter taste and the bars were cake-like in consistency. Great recipe - thanks!"
"These are excellent; can't keep them around for long."
"Bland. Followed the instructions to the letter. Not much peanut butter taste."
"These were just OK for me. Kind of bland. I think I was expecting a lot more."
"40-45 min was way too long to bake."
"WOW! These are yummy. I added more peanut butter and a full bag of peanut butter chips and used semi-sweet choco chips. My family loves these. Very chewy and moist, just as I hoped. I only baked it for 30-35 min. because of what other reviewers said and the edges were getting too brown. I think I have eaten half of the dish by myself. I really love this!"
"Ihave made this recipe, it is my husbands very favorite, however, I replaced the choc. chips, with reeses' peanut butter chips."
"Might do frosting next time. Also, 11 tablespoon is the answer."
"Love these peanut butter cake bars almost a brownie like consistency."
"This is my go to cookie for get-togethers! Easy, yummy and fool proof!"
"Can't wait to try these--maybe for dinner tonight !! Since I can't have chocolate, I will use peanut butter chips !"
"This one is a keeper, it a like a peanut butter chocolate chip cookie meets a brownie. I baked it for 10 minutes less than called for in recipe and turned out great."
"Had no peanut butter flavor at all, took forever to bake so that the inside wasn't all goo and raw dough, tasted terrible."
"they are great!"
"Very good! My family loved them. I would say it is a pretty simple recipe, and variations of it can probably be found a lot of other places. Used whole wheat flour and semisweet chocolate chips. Tastes like a peanut butter cookie but much easier to make. They didn't look much like the picture, mine were more cake-like which is fine, but I might have enjoyed them a little better had they been more fudgy. Brought them to a potluck and they were nearly all gone! Also, I took note of the reviews and would recommend baking them for 30-35 minutes as opposed to the 45-50 minutes."
"These are so easy!! I have made them 2x now and perfect each time. I baked mid lower level of oven for 50-55 minutes in a greased 9 x 13" baking dish. OMGoodness - nice thick chewy bar. Perfect! Perfect! Perfect! AND absolutely delicious!! Def keeper recipe!"
"Very good! I'm glad I read the reviews about the timing though, because mine were well done at 30 minutes."
"Very yummy!! Moist & Easy to make!"
"I added more peanut butter, and also added some peanut butter chips, as well as the chocolate chips. I thought they were dry, but they were a big hit at the meeting I took them to. I would make these again!"
"Easy, tasty, plentiful. Followed directions exactly. No problem with the timing. Will definitely make them again."
"These were good, especially considering how easy they were to make. Only comment: Watch the bake time. Mine were done in 35minutes (opposed to the recommended 45 - 50)."
"Oh my gosh! Just made this morning - easy and delicious! Brought some to my neighbors and they want the recipe too! Great to bring to any party and the kids love it too!"
"These were moist and delicious as well as easy to make."
"This recipe came out delicious, and was not dry at all. I used a glass 9x9 baking dish and only used wheat flour. I also used 3/4 cup of peanut butter and added 1/2 cup of Reese's peanut butter chips. The flavor was excellent and very peanut buttery. They were also very moist and lasted about 4 days before starting to dry out a little too much. They were a huge hit with family and friends, I'll definitely be making these in the future!"
"I made this recipe following the directions exactly. They were so dry we couldn't eat them and the top burned so I tried it again thinking it was me. It wasn't!"
"I love peanut butter and these bars are delicious!"
"Simply delicious, I will definitely make them again."
"This is very, very day. Need to have a drink to go along with it when eating."
"I thought these were very good and will be making them often."
"We loved the taste and texture. Making for a "Relay for Life" bake sale now."
"I wish I would have read the reviews before I made these bars. They are super sweet and lacking in the peanut butter taste I was expecting. I would not make them again."
"Even the batter is yummy! Delish!!"
"I always use a generic brand of peanut butter when baking. It is not as thick and dry as the brand names and will make the bars moist."
"I am a subcriber of Taste of Homes Healthy Cooking. I have not tried this recipe yet, it sounds yummy and my hubby also loves peanut butter. But with 14 grams of fat I was wondering if anyone has a lighter version of this recipe or any ideas on how to lighten it a bit."
"If its too much sugar for you, I suggest you don't make them, and why comment? you didn't actually try them now did you? it is an individual choice, you are not the sugar police..I did make them, and not my favorite, wonder how we can make them less dry?maybe shortening w/ butter? LOVE Peanut Butter!!!! and NO, I am not overweight, I run 4 mi. a day,(67 yrs old) and I do enjoy what tastes good."
"Way too much sugar for anybody!!!"
"These bars were delicious, and I will be making them alot. They didn't even last a whole day in my house. I can't wait to make them for my son when he comes home on his military leave. He really loves anything with peanut butter in them."
"I plan on making these bars alot. They didn't even last a whole day in my house. I usually don't care for recipes with peanut butter in them but these were delicious. I can't wait to make them for my son when he comes home on his military leave. He loves peanut butter."
"Wasn't crazy about this recipe, was very dry tasting. Won't make it again, but my dog liked it, lol"
"This recipe was really easy & my family(4 growing boys & an awesome hubby) loved them! I don't even think they made it to the next day! I will make these again & again:)"
"These bars were dry & very bland. Added milk choc chips & peanut butter & semi sweet chips & still didn't add any taste. I have a better recipe that everyone craves"
"These are really good. They are so universal you can eat them for breakfast, as dessert, with ice cream basically at any time of day. They are not too sweet just perfect. My whole family loved it."
"I made this recipe with my granddaughter this weekend and it was a hit. I just changed the chips to white chocolate. Thanks for the recipe1"
"This was very good. I do not like peanut butter things but I really enjoyed it. I made them to take to my daughters work for all the hard working teens. I like the idea of freezing them. Nice to have on hand. easy recipe and quick. I would definitely make them again for a hungry crowd. thanks!"
"The taste was good but way too dry for my family. I probably will not make it again."
"They looked so good and we all love peanut butter. I tried them, and was very disappointed because they were quite dry, and adding milk chocolate chips diminshed the peanut butter flavor.Not what I expected. email@example.com"
"My granddaughter wanted to make some bars, and I wanted to try this recipe. They turned out excellent. I put most of them into the freezer so we can take them out later for snacks. But mostly so I wouldn't eat them all!"
"I haven't tried it yet, I am a WW, and my hubby has to watch sugar, so I will use egg beaters, cholesterol, and I Can't Believe It's Not Butter for baking and Splenda, should cut it down considerably. Also, I like the idea of the other chips. I do this with all my recipes and am never disappointed."
"I found the time stated for recipe to be too long. My cake bars burnt with the specified minutes."
"The edges got way too brown waiting for the middle to get done. Just wasn't crazy about them."
"My husband and co-workers defined them as a big, thick peanut butter cookie! They were awesome. Instead of chocolate chips I used half a bag of mini peanut butter cups and half a bag of white chocolate chips. I brought a big tray to work and instead of bars I made squares,...Now I have to make another tray for my husband's office! When I read the cooking time of 50 minutes I said NO WAY so I set my oven timer for 25,..nd checked, and had to add more time,...I kept adding time until exactly 50 minutes. So the time turned to be correct (sorry for doubting! ;) ) I will make these again and again. Thanks for posting!!!!"
"i used 1/2 butterscotch chips & 1/2 chocolate chips which tastes great. I also baked it on a cookie sheet instead of a cake pan so they would be thinner as a bar. only baked for 25 mins, but the are still a bit dry i think. they looked really boring, so i did a chocolate drizzle on top to jaz them up a bit. I think they are OK, don't know if I will make them again or not."
"I've been making this recipe for more than thirty years. If you want more peanut butter flavor, then use peanut butter chips in place of half the amount of chocolate chips---I do. I also use a larger pan and bake them for less time, as well as putting the pan on a higher rack in the oven. Perhaps I am just in a cranky frame of mind today, and for this I apologize; however, I get really tired of the Nutrition Police posting their warnings. I would think that most of us are intelligent enough to realize than if you are on a diet, or have health restrictions, you won't be making this recipe. For those of you who are able to, I recommend the recipe. I mean, how often are you going to be eating these? Every day? Every week? Unlikely. Everything in moderation."
"They turned out very moist and super delicious. The only thing I found was that I'm going to have to adjust the baking time or temp because the edges were a little over cooked. But will definitely be making these again!!"
"I like to sprinkle choc chips over the top when i first take it out of the over then cover and spread when melted."
"Use egg substitute instead of 4 eggs if it's not good for the heart patient!"
"Delicious but don't make if trying to watch your weight or are on Weight Watchers!!!"
"This is one of my go to recipes. It is made from everyday items, goes together quickly and always satisfies the family. I use whole wheat flour for an added nutritional punch and a full bodied texture."
"I would love to have the cake mix recipe. 4 eggs are just too many when you are trying to bake for heart patients. I have substituted apple sauce when using cake mixes and it works very well."
"I make this with a cake mix and fewer ingredients. It's very moist, and full of peanut butter flavor. It was shared by a neighbor who baked up a batch as a treat for my family some years ago. It is a "go to" recipe for me, requested regularly by our church youth group director, and friends."
"This was delicious and easy to make. I do not like to use anything boxed. The only thing I am going to add is a peanut butter glaze."
"I make these all the time. They get so many compliments! I recommend baking only 40 minutes."
"Correction- THEY turn out great! : )"
"These are a nice departure from your standard chocolate cake brownies. They are dense and moist, and not too sweet! I typically use 1/2 dark chocolate and 1/2 milk chocolate chips. However, if you want extra peanut butter flavoring, try using the peanut butter chips. The turn out great!"
"Chewy, moist and packed with a perfect combination of chocolate and peanut butter!"
"I thought these bars were okay, but not great.....not enough peanut butter flavor."
"There was nothing wrong with this recipe. It tasted acceptable, but there are so many bar recipes that taste excellent that this one is not worth repeating for me."
"Nice and easy to make. Since so many complained about the side burning up I set my oven's timer on 30 minutes and there were ready in 35 minutes. So I would not walk away for more than 30 minutes when baking them"
"This is my favorite go-to dessert recipe. Mine seem to end up a bit fluffier when I use half butter, half margarine. I've tried these with butterscotch chips, dark chocolate chips and M & M's...all equally yummy!"
"I have made this twice in the past month... sooo good! It packs and travels very well. Not overly sweet (I use semisweet chocolate chips) but very flavorful. It makes a great snack, potluck offering, or picnic dessert and can be pre-cut into bars and wrapped individually for a car trip. Better than cookies and easier, too."
"These are so easy and delicious, and I always have the ingredients on hand!"
"I sure did like these Brownies, I used egg beaters and they came out great! Next time I will add walnuts. YUM !!!!"
"Very easy and good...I baked them 38 min. so not so dry..Also have baked them in a jellyroll pan and bake 20 mins. yum"
"These were very easy. I've added white choc. chips at times and they were popular as well. To keep the edges from burning I watch it carefully the last 10 - to 15 minutes and if it is looking like it is browning too much I just quickly lay a piece of bakeing paper over the top to stop it from browning."
"These were very easy. I've added white choc. chips at times and they were popular as well. To keep the edges from burning I watch it carefully the last 10 - to 15 minutes and if it is loking like it is browning too much I just quickly lay a piece of bakeing paper over the top to stop it from browning."
"I avoided burning the edges by baking them for 40 minutes. Yum!!! I just wish they weren't so caloric."
"I have made these twice and the edges get very brown. I turned the temperature down and it still happened.They are very good!"
"I thought these were amazing. So soft and delicious!! Everyone loved them!"
"I have made these a few times and everyone flips over them. Delicious!"
"Fast, easy and delicious. My husband doesn't like brownies this is a great alternative."
"I thought these were really good. I, too, like to make them with the semi-sweet chocolate chips. This is a fast and easy dessert to put together."
"These were so simple and really delicious. I've made them three times already and was asked for the recipe every time. I used semi-sweet chocolate chips instead of milk chocolate and a tad more salt than called for to cut the sweetness."
"I wasn't impressed. They were just ok to me!"
"Made these last week and my family loved them! Sent some in to work with my husband and everyone asked for the recipe!Thanks for a great treat"
"I made these over the weekend and brought them into work. Everyone loves them and is asking for the recipe! I know they are good too when my husband, who doesn't eat sweets ate one with my son and said they were really good!!"