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Peanut Butter & Chocolate Reese’s Cookie Bars

posted by Julie Evink on January 5, 2014

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Reese’s Cookie Bars ~ Soft, chewy peanut butter & chocolate sugar cookie bar loaded with Reese’s Cups and drizzled with Chocolate and Peanut Butter!

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Reese's Cookie Bars ~ Soft, chewy peanut butter & chocolate sugar cookie bar loaded with Reese's Cups and drizzled with Chocolate and Peanut Butter!

A few weeks ago I had an amazing opportunity to go and visit the lovely people of Pillsbury! You may have noticed me posting excessive pictures on Instagram of my experience. I was in love from first sight. Well, actually first email.


The Lovely Bloggers I got to meet!

Photo Courtesy of Tonia @ The Gunny Sack

I’m not going to lie. When I got my invite to go visit the peeps at Pillsbury I may have done a “Happy Dance”! You see Pillsbury has a special place in my heart. It’s a “local” company a few hours from my hometown and it was a pretty cool honor!

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My day at Pillsbury and General Mills started off in the photography studios. We got to hang out with a food stylist for a few hours. Man, oh man, does she has some tricks up her sleeves! She taught me how to cut my bars “correctly” to get the most picture perfect bars, she taught me how to perfectly cut a muffin, and how to “revive” a dried out pork chop. I know, I know the things that excite me!


We also got a tour of the “prop” room. Wow, now that is a food bloggers paradise. Rows and rows and rows of plates, bowls, napkins, backdrops and everything in between. In every color, shape and size you could ever imagine. I think they had a few laughs over us going crazy!

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From there we moved on to hanging out with the photographers. Now what I wouldn’t give for that amazing camera, lens and tripod that they have! I’ll just have to keep saving my “dough” for that! They also taught me some cool uses of reflectors to make those picture of mine even more “yum-tastic”!

After a wonderful lunch I got to go hang out in the Betty Crocker Test Kitchens…I’m going to tell more about that….later! I will let you in on a little secret though….

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Reese's Cookie Bars ~ Soft, chewy peanut butter & chocolate sugar cookie bar loaded with Reese's Cups and drizzled with Chocolate and Peanut Butter!

These amazing Peanut Butter & Chocolate Reese’s Cookie Bars were born in that test kitchen. They are pretty much to-die for. Soft, chewy cookie bars that remind me of a blondie, stuffed with mini Reese’s cups and then drizzled with chocolate and peanut butter.

Drooling yet?

I am.

So I might just go shove my face in the leftover bars…don’t mind me.

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Reese’s Cookie Bars

Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Serves 16 Bars     adjust servings


  • 1 (16.5 oz) tube of Pillsbury Sugar Cookie Dough
  • 1 (16.5 oz) tube of Pillsbury Peanut Butter Cookie Dough
  • 1/8 c. unsweeted cocoa powder
  • 1 c. mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
  • 1/4 c. chocolate chips
  • 1/4 c. peanut butter chips
  • 2 tsp canola oil


  1. In the bottom of a 9x13 inch cake pan either greased with non-stick cooking spray or lined with tin foil spread the peanut butter cookie dough.
  2. In a large mixing bowl add sugar cookie dough and cocoa powder. Mix until combined. Drop by spoonfuls on top of the peanut butter dough in pan. Top with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups pressing into dough.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until edges are browned. The middle will not be set. Take out of the oven and let cool. Cookie bars with continue to bake as they cool.
  4. When bars are cool. Melt chocolate chips in microwave in 20 second increments, stirring between times until they are melted. Mix with 1 tsp canola oil and drizzle on bars. Repeat with peanut butter chips.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Bar
Amount Per ServingAs Served
Calories 380kcal Calories from fat 178
% Daily Value
Total Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Transfat 1g
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 233mg10%
Carbohydrate 47g16%
Dietary Fiber 2g8%
Sugars 31g
Protein 5g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Total FatLess than65g
Sat FatLess than25g
CholesterolLess than300mg
SodiumLess than2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate300g
Dietary Fiber25g

Grab a few more Bars!

Monster Cookie Bars ~ Soft, chewy bars stuffed full of peanut butter chips and Reese's Pieces! via

Monster Cookie Bars

Salted Nut Roll Bars ~ Just like the Candy Bar! via #recipe #bars

Salted Nut Roll Bars

Gooey Frito Bars ~ Frito's smothered in a creamy peanut butter sauce and topped with vanilla Candiquick! via #dessert #recipe #Frito

Gooey Frito Bars

Disclosure:  The amazing people of Pillsbury paid for my travel and accommodations to the General Mills Headquarters, all opinions in this post, as always, are 100% my own.

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  • Krista

    Making these VERY soon! YUMMY!!

  • Ashley C.

    It looks like you had a great trip with Pillsbury. I need to make a batch of these soon. Love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate!

    • Julie Evink

      I did Ashley! Once in a lifetime experience!

  • Zainab @ Blahnik Baker

    These were delicious as they look!!! So so glad I was able to meet you and spend some time with you on this trip 🙂

    • Julie Evink

      Hope to see you again in the feature…BlogHer Food??

  • Irving

    Love your post especially the pictures! Also what a great experience being invited by Pillsbury! Lastly, the recipes sound great, I’ll have to try those as well, especially the salted nut roll bars!

    • Julie Evink

      It was amazing! These bars are fabulous and the Salted Nut Rolls have a special place in my heart 🙂

  • Deb Larsen

    I was there once in high school…..your experience sounds fabulous!

  • Jennie @themessybakerblog

    Oh man, what an exciting trip. Now I need to know the secret to cutting photography ready bars. These look wonderful!

    • Julie Evink

      Cut them then frost them Jennie! You won’t drag the frosting through the bars 🙂 I always make sure mine are cold to get a clean cut too!

  • Sinea Pies

    Oh these look sooooo great.
    Please please please share them on my blog hop.
    It goes live Tuesday evening 7pm EST.

    I am now pinning. 🙂

  • Graham @ Glazed & Confused

    Looks like you had an amazing time! So jealous that you got to go to Pillsbury.

    These bars look divine by the way! I have a real weakness for peanut butter and chocolate. Pinning – have to make these soon!

    • Julie Evink

      It was an amazing experience!!

  • Trish - Mom On Timeout

    These bars are SO insane Julie! Such an amazing trip 🙂 Pinned and just shared on FB!

  • dawn@joyfulscribblings

    Oh my! I love the combo of peanut butter and chocolate and like that these are easy. Thanks for sharing. I love Pillsbury products.

  • Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling

    This looks like such an amazing experience! And CLEARLY you can not go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate….thanks for another delicious recipe 🙂

    • Julie Evink

      It’s a perfect marriage right Cathy?

  • Rachel

    What a fun trip! I would love to see that food prop stash! And… now i need to just get to the grocery store to buy the cookie dough to make these reeses bars!

    • Julie Evink

      You would love it Rachel, well actually the studio is pretty awesome too 🙂

  • Renee@Two in the Kitchen

    These are SO amazing looking!! And no one would ever guess that they start with refrigerated cookie dough!! Thanks for giving us all a peek into that prop room!! Amazing!!

  • Krystle(Baking Beauty)

    These look so yummy I just want to reach out and grab them.

  • Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama

    Oh my goodness, Julie! These look amazing! I need these in my life ASAP. 🙂
    Thank you so much for sharing at Marvelous Mondays this week- pinned & sharing!

    • Julie Evink

      Yes, yes you do! Thanks Carrie!

  • Lisa@ Cooking with Curls

    Oh Yum!! They look delicious Julie, and your trip looks like so much fun. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Best of the Weekend. 🙂

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