Peanut Butter-Chocolate Squares


These aren't your grandmother's peanut butter bars! They taste just like a gourmet peanut butter cup, with all the ease and convenience of a dessert square. Layered with crumbly cookie crust, peanut butter fudge, and topped with whipped chocolate mousse, this is the perfect peanut butter dessert guaranteed to be the talk of the night.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
8 mins
Chill Time:
5 hrs
Total Time:
5 hrs 38 mins


  • 1 9 ounce package chocolate wafer cookies, finely crushed (2 cups)

  • ½ cup packed brown sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup butter, melted

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 cup peanut butter

  • 1 ½ cup milk

  • 2 4-serving-size packages French vanilla instant pudding and pie filling mix

  • 1 8 ounce container frozen whipped dessert topping, thawed

  • 1 cup dry-roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped

  • 1 7 ounce tub dipping chocolate*

  • Miniature chocolate-covered peanut butter cups (optional)

  • Chopped dry-roasted peanuts (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with foil, allowing foil to extend over ends of pan; set aside. In a medium bowl stir together cookie crumbs, brown sugar, and salt. Add melted butter and vanilla; stir until mixture is evenly moist. Press cookie mixture firmly and evenly over bottom of prepared pan. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until crust is firm. Cool in pan on a wire rack.

  2. In a large mixing bowl whisk together peanut butter, milk and pudding mixes until combined (mixture will be stiff). Fold in one-fourth of the whipped topping and the 1 cup peanuts. Spoon peanut butter mixture evenly over crust; spread evenly. Cover and chill for for at least 1 hour.

  3. In a microwave melt dipping chocolate according to package directions; transfer to a medium bowl. Fold together melted dipping chocolate and the remaining whipped topping until combined.

  4. Spread chocolate mixture evenly over the peanut butter layer. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours or overnight. To serve, lift uncut squares from pan using foil. Cut into squares. If desired, garnish each serving with a peanut butter cup and/or peanuts.

    Peanut Butter-Chocolate Squares


Find dipping chocolate in the baking aisle of your supermarket.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

413 Calories
27g Fat
39g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 413
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 35%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 26mg 9%
Sodium 381mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Total Sugars 26g
Protein 7g
Calcium 40mg 3%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 201mg 4%
Folate, total 28mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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