Easy Bar Cookies with Peanut Butter Cups

How to make soft and chewy bar cookies with peanut butter cups (or your favorite candy) from scratch. Jump to the Easy Bar Cookie Recipe or read on to see our tips for making them.

Easy Bar Cookies with Peanut Butter Cups

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Somehow, we’ve collected an odd assortment of miniature candy bars. We’ve literally got half-empty bags pushed into every nook and cranny of our pantry. A few of those bags had one of our favorites, Reese’s peanut butter cups. This soft, tender and easy bar cookie recipe was the perfect way to use them.

Milky Way Stuffed CookiesYOU MAY ALSO LIKE: These Milky Way Stuffed Cookies. By sandwiching a Milky Way between two layers of cookie dough, the cookies have a chocolate and caramel center. A must make!

Our Favorite From Scratch Cookie Dough for Bar Cookies

This cookie dough is versatile and can be used 100 different ways.

Our Favorite From Scratch Cookie Dough for Bar Cookies

We absolutely love peanut butter cups. Especially the miniature ones — they have the perfect peanut butter to chocolate ratio for us. If you have another favorite — Snickers, Milky Way Bars, or other candy, use it. They work just as well.

Add the Peanut Butter Cups to Cookie Dough

The cookie dough comes together in minutes — beat butter and sugar, add egg, and then the dry ingredients. Soft, tender, chewy bar cookies! So easy and oh, so delicious!

WATCH: If you’re up for making your own candy, take a look at our recipe and video showing you how to make Salted Chocolate Covered Caramels.

Recipe updated, originally posted August 2012. Since posting this in 2012, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne

Easy Bar Cookies with Peanut Butter Cups

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This soft, tender and easy bar cookie recipe is the perfect way to use your favorite candy bars. We love peanut butter cups, but most candy will work for this.

Makes 12 cookies

You Will Need

8 tablespoons (115 grams) butter, softened (1 stick)

1/3 cup (65 grams) granulated sugar

1/3 cup packed (65 grams) brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 large egg

1 1/4 cups (160 grams) all-purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

20 miniature peanut butter cups, unwrapped and halved

Directions

    Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8-inch or 9-inch square pan with parchment paper then lightly spray with non-stick cooking spray or grease with butter.

    In a large bowl, beat butter, both sugars and the vanilla extract on medium speed with a hand mixer until creamy, light, and fluffy, scraping down the sides as necessary; about 3 minutes. Add egg and beat until combined.

    In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt.

    Add the flour mixture, in thirds, to the butter mixture, beating until incorporated and scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Stir in the halved peanut butter cups.

    Press cookie dough into baking pan and bake until the top is no longer wet and is golden brown, 20 to 30 minutes. Cool then cut into 12 rectangles.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Make Ahead: Refrigerate unbaked cookie dough up to 3 days.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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6 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Kathy A Pickens September 2, 2014, 9:35 am

    I love your recipes and would like to subscribe.
    Thank you so much!

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  • Jeweline January 21, 2014, 1:42 pm

    I made a Pregnant Woman melt with these. My younger sister is Preggos so I was able to occupy her five year old twin boys (they me make the cookie bars) and make her a delectable treat. Cookie (Brownie) points to me.

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  • Robyn December 16, 2013, 2:26 pm

    I love cookies and these are a great idea when you don’t have time to do batches. Like your no-fail blondies — which my family loves — these are going to be on my favourites list. Thanks for sharing your amazing recipes!

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    • Joanne December 16, 2013, 2:34 pm

      Thanks so much Robyn 🙂

      Reply
  • Nicole November 12, 2013, 9:18 pm

    Made these tonight, big hit and we used some of our Halloween candy, thank you!

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  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar December 23, 2012, 6:34 pm

    I love the simplicity to this! Looks awesome!

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