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These bars are so easy to make...the crust is made with graham cracker crumbs & I used white chocolate Reese's butter cups! Peanut Butter Cookie Pie Bars from thelittlekitchen.net

So I recently hosted bunko at my house. I’m in a Bunko group with eleven other ladies, we all take turns and host a different month. The hostess makes an entree and a few other dishes and the other ladies each bring a dish to share. My friend, Kim, brought a candy bar cookie pie…two actually. One made with sugar cookie dough and one made with chocolate chip cookie dough. I asked her how she made it, she said she saw a video on facebook…it’s so funny because a couple of days later, I saw the video show up in my news feed.

She used store-bought ingredients and I decided to use what I have — for the candy bars, I had white chocolate peanut butter cups that I bought and had grand plans for…ok, not really, I wasn’t sure what I was going to make until this idea popped into my head! I also LOVE Elise’s peanut butter cookie recipe and that’s the cookie dough I used for these pie bars…and used a square pan to make them pie bars.

These bars are so easy to make...the crust is made with graham cracker crumbs & I used white chocolate Reese's butter cups! Peanut Butter Cookie Pie Bars from thelittlekitchen.netThese bars are so easy to make...the crust is made with graham cracker crumbs & I used white chocolate Reese's butter cups! Peanut Butter Cookie Pie Bars from thelittlekitchen.net

I just love when a plan comes together so smoothly!

Peanut Butter Cookie Pie Bars from thelittlekitchen.net

This is how I make the graham cracker crust by crushing graham crackers with a rolling pin.

Peanut Butter Cookie Pie Bars from thelittlekitchen.net

And then mix in ground cinnamon and powdered sugar and then 10 tablespoons of butter. I know it’s a lot…I actually used the same basic crust from this cheesecake recipe but I wasn’t really thinking and put in 10 tablespoons of butter to melt.

It resulted in a more wet crust (hard to describe) and I LOVED IT.

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Place in a prepped square pan and refrigerate for at least an hour.

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Cut up the white chocolate peanut butter cups!

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And then make the peanut butter cookie dough.

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Almost done!

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Spread half of the cookie dough over the crust.

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And add half of the peanut butter cups and push them into the crust. Then repeat with the rest of the cookie dough and butter cups.

These bars are so easy to make...the crust is made with graham cracker crumbs & I used white chocolate Reese's butter cups! Peanut Butter Cookie Pie Bars from thelittlekitchen.net

These bars are so easy to make...the crust is made with graham cracker crumbs & I used white chocolate Reese's butter cups! Peanut Butter Cookie Pie Bars from thelittlekitchen.net

These are so good…I’m obsessed with them. Yes, I become easily obsessed but that’s what happens. Next time, I’m trying them with chocolate peanut butter cups! Yeah!

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Recipe

Yield: 16 bars

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Peanut Butter Cookie Pie Bars Recipe

Ingredients:

Graham Cracker Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 13 graham crackers)
  • a pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 powdered sugar
  • 10 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Filling

  • 1/2 cup plus 2 Tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 24 miniature white chocolate Reese’s peanut butter cups, unwrapped and cut in half

Directions:

  1. Line a 9-inch square pan with with two pieces of parchment paper going opposite ways so you’re creating a sling. Set aside.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, mix together graham cracker crumbs (I put graham crackers into a zippered plastic bag and use a rolling pin to make them into crumbs), ground cinnamon and powdered sugar. Add melted butter and mix thoroughly. Add crust to the lined square pan and push down with your fingers, as evenly as possible creating a crust. Cover with plastic and refrigerate for an hour.
  3. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  4. Mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt with a rubber spatula in a small mixing bowl. In a medium sized mixing bowl, add sugars and butter and mix together thoroughly with the rubber spatula. Add peanut butter and mix again. Then, add the egg and make sure it’s mixed thoroughly.
  5. In two batches, add the dry ingredients to the peanut butter mixture and mix. Take the pie crust pan from the refrigerator. Place half of the cookie dough on the graham cracker crumb crust and spread evenly. Add half the butter cups and press in. Add the rest of the cookie dough and spread evenly (as best as possible). Then add the rest of the peanut butter cups and press them in.
  6. Place pan in the oven and bake at 350 degrees F for 22 to 24 minutes, until the cookie dough layer is fully baked. You don’t want to overbake or you won’t have soft pie bars. Allow to cool completely and then cut into bars. Save any leftovers in a seal container with a slice of bread to keep the bars soft.

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These bars are so easy to make...the crust is made with graham cracker crumbs & I used white chocolate Reese's butter cups! Peanut Butter Cookie Pie Bars from thelittlekitchen.net

11 comments

  1. There is nothing wrong with a little extra butter! Looks golden and delicious!

  2. These look too yummy!!!

  3. These look so unbelievably good! I might just have to make like 10 different variations of these ASAP!!

  4. If I hurry, I could have these for breakfast….they look amazing! Pinned!

  5. I would like to make these for a large group. Should I just double the ingredients?

    I was looking for something in a 9×13 or so pan.

    Thank you

    • Hi Penny,

      I don’t think it would be an exact doubling of ingredients…it might be a 1.5ing of ingredients…does that make sense? If I have time to try this out, I’ll let you know but if you try it, please let me know how it turns out! 🙂

      Julie 🙂

  6. I adore these bars, peanut butter is the best!

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