Peanut Chocolate Bars Recipe
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Peanut Chocolate Bars Recipe

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Sue Thomas of Casa Grande, Arizona uses common pantry items to whip up these bars. Peanut butter combines with a cake mix for a tender crust. Then a rich layer of cream cheese is topped with chocolate chips and nuts before baking.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:30 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 30 servings


  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 cup peanut butter, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup salted peanuts

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 208 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 191mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, beat the cake mix, 2/3 cup peanut butter and egg until crumbly. Press into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan.
  2. In another large bowl, beat cream cheese and remaining peanut butter until smooth. Gradually beat in milk and sugar. Carefully spread over crust. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and peanuts.
  3. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until edges are lightly browned and center is set. Cool completely before cutting. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: about 2-1/2 dozen.
Editor's Note: Reduced-fat peanut butter is not recommended for this recipe.
Originally published as Chocolate Peanut Bars in Quick Cooking March/April 2002, p57

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iluvkendra User ID: 1864485 224605
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2015

"I can't believe I haven't rated these, I've been making them for years, never have used white cake mix, only yellow, I don't put peanuts on top, these should come with a warning, lol, I could eat the whole pan!"

pedelz User ID: 7917382 84594
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2014

"Sooo good!! Hubby loved them"

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