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Best-Loved Chocolate Bars Recipe

Best-Loved Chocolate Bars Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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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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