Peanut Butter Cookie and Cream Cheese “Candy” Bars

Wait until you try these gooey, creamy, fabulous peanut butter cookie bars stuffed with sweet cream cheese and chocolate candy. A quick and simple recipe with a mighty tasty outcome!

Cream cheese peanut butter cookie bars next to a coffee mug and a fork.

Raise your hand if you’ve got Halloween candy leftover? Well, we do! I had to do something with it, so…..I baked. Shocker right? 🙂

Wait until you try these gooey (if you are impatient like me to wait for them to cool) peanut buttery, cream cheesy fabulous cookie bars. Another quick and simple recipe to put together with a mighty tasty outcome, go unwrap those chocolate bars and bake a sweet treat for your friends and neighbors!

Assorted wrapped Halloween candy in a glass dish.

Look familiar? I am seeing this stuff in every room in the house!

The ingredients for cream cheese peanut butter cookie bars.

Line up….nice and easy, just how I like it 🙂

Close up of peanut butter cookie dough in a glass bowl.

First things first, mix up your peanut butter cookie dough.

Cream cheese mixture in a white mixing bowl with a spoon.

Next is your cream cheese layer which is just softened cream cheese and a little sugar mixed until smooth.

Side by side images of the peanut butter cookie dough and cream cheese layers in a baking pan.

Press 1/2 of that cookie dough into the bottom of an 8×8 inch baking dish then top with the cream cheese mixture.

Mini wrapped Halloween candy bars on a cutting board.

Time for the candy layer!

Unwrapped chocolate candy on a cutting board.

Gotta love Halloween 🙂

Chopped chocolate candy bars on a cutting board.

Give a few good chops and….

Candy spread over the cream cheese and cookie layers in a baking pan.

…top over your cream cheese layer.

Peanut butter cookie dough layered in a baking pan.

Top with remaining cookie dough and time to bake! 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes.

Close up of baked peanut butter cookie bars with a cream cheese layer.

Mmmm 🙂

Cream cheese peanut butter cookie bars next to a coffee mug and a fork.

Let cool completely ( I did not, do not follow my bad example)  However, I kind of like them gooey like this anyway 🙂  Grab a tall glass of milk and enjoy….then give some away to your favorite neighbors and friends!

A cream cheese peanut butter cookie bar next to a fork.
Peanut Butter cookie bars on squares of parchment paper

Peanut Butter Cookie and Cream Cheese “Candy” Bars

Wait until you try these gooey, creamy, fabulous peanut butter cookie bars. Another quick and simple recipe to put together with a mighty tasty outcome!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings: 9 large bars
Calories: 445kcal
Author: Jenny
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  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3-4 Tablespoons hot water (enough to dampen the dough)
  • 8 oz softened cream cheese
  • 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 25 pieces favorite leftover Halloween chocolates!


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In stand mixer, beat peanut butter and sugars until well combined. 
  • Add egg and vanilla to combine.
  • In mixing bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt to combine. 
  • Slowly add to wet ingredients then pour in hot water. 
  • Press half of dough into an 8×8 inch baking pan lined with foil and sprayed with cooking spray.
  • In another bowl mix the softened cream cheese and sugar until smooth then layer over peanut butter dough. 
  • Cut up chocolates and layer over cream cheese then top with remaining peanut butter cookie dough.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until cookie turns golden brown.
  • Remove and let cool completely then cut into squares.


Calories: 445kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 386mg | Potassium: 294mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 365IU | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 2mg
Keywords: cookie bars, peanut butter cookie bars, quick and easy dessert


Happy Baking, see you soon!

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56 Responses
  1. Marla

    So many layers of greatness in these treats. Such an awesome way to use up all of that Halloween candy! Drool worthy photos indeed! xo

  2. Krista

    We have so much candy! I am definitely making these…and another batch of Compost Cookies too. I’ve got more than enough candy for both recipes. Great idea!

  3. Cookin' Canuck

    You crack me up! You are able to make a scrumptious looking treat out of almost anything lying around your kitchen.

  4. Sara

    Made these tonight and they were divine! We had leftover Hershey milk chocolate and Reese’s. I had one warm out of the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Totally hit the spot! Gotta carb-load for my half-marathon on Saturday…

    Thanks for the awesome recipe!

  5. Nancy@acommunaltable

    Clever and delicious way to use up that Halloween candy!!

    I especially like the idea of sharing with the neighbors!!!

  6. Kim @ Quit Eating Out

    From a weight perspective, I’m wishing I hadn’t seen this. But from a Yikes that looks delicious perspective… I’m about to make this tonight. Great idea! Thanks. Have a super night.

  7. NatalieJean

    Every single recipe that I have tried from your blog has been to DIE for! Every one always begs me to make your Chicken Tostada Bake. I am craving some right now…

  8. Vanessa

    I declare, you make me drool every time I read your blog. I have to print off every recipe. You are amazing. Keep the yumminess coming!!

  9. Barbara | VinoLuciStyle

    I might be regretting sending daughter off last night with all my leftovers to take to work today…but I squirreled away the PB cups and Twix and thinking I have JUST enough to make this work. Can I say ‘Thanks a Lot?’

  10. Lori Allberry

    Oh. My. Goodness. I just don’t even know what to say! I was so anxious to show these to my coworkers but decided instead to just ‘tell’ them about them, and told them they would have to wait to taste them tomorrow!



  11. Shannon B.

    While these looks great…they also make my teeth hurt!! I think the calories are jumping on me from the picture. 🙂

  12. Jeannette

    must follow your bad example!! gooey = best!!

    no halloween candy to be seen here, gotta steal some from the siblings 😉 juuuust kidding. i would never do that >.>

  13. Susan

    A gal after my own heart – we are doing a similar recipe today here at our house…with Seven as the official baker. Wish me luck.

  14. Estela @ Weekly Bite

    Oh My!!! These look insane!! Now I know what I’m doing with my leftover candy 🙂

  15. Lauren at KeepItSweet

    there is no way i’d be able to wait for these to cool! YUM these look amazing

  16. sibylle

    great and fun idea! I could also imagine to put fruit in the middle instead of the chocolate, like apples or apricots…
    have a nice day!

  17. Amanda :)

    Okay girl, my eyes just about bugged outta my head when I saw these incredibly indulgent bars!! 🙂 I’m in awe! 🙂

  18. J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog)

    Nooooo! I’m supposed to throw away all of this candy, not find heavenly ways to devour it, LOL. Those look scrumptious!!

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