The Motherlode Layered Cookie Bars!

These Motherlode Layered Cookie Bars are to die for! 4 layers of your favorite cookie dough baked into a crazy delicious cookie bar.

motherlode layered cookie bars

The Motherlode Layered Cookie Bars

You are in for such a treat with these addicting cookie bars! I know this cookie should absolutely be illegal, but let me tell you it is so much fun! Just imagine all of your favorite cookies layered into one bar of fabulousness! Now, don’t go and eat this on a regular basis, but do bring it to your next party or gathering and watch them disappear!

At first glance it may look like a lot to prepare, but each cookie dough can be made in under 10 minutes, so don’t be turned off by the steps below. I like to make the cookie dough in advance and have it in the refrigerator ready to go.

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See the picture below for all the incredible cookie layers.

Cookie Bar Breakdown: 4 Fab Layers!

Motherlode Layered Cookie Bars

Motherlode Layered Cookie Bars

Motherlode Layered Cookie Bars

motherlode layered cookie bars

The Motherload Layered Cookie Bars

These Motherlode Layered Cookie Bars are to die for! 4 layers of your favorite cookie dough baked into a crazy delicious cookie bar.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Servings: 12
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Layer 1: Sugar Cookie

  • 1 Roll of Pillsbury Sugar Cookie Dough
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Press sugar cookie dough into bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish that's been lined foil and sprayed with cooking spray.

Layer 2: Double Chocolate Chip Cookie

  • the recipe below makes double what you'll need for the bars, use half for recipe, extra for cookies
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 cups cocoa powder I used Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Cocoa Powder
  • 2 tsps. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Slowly add eggs and vanilla until well combined.
  • In another bowl combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Slowly add to wet ingredients then stir in chips. Layer 1/2 the recipe over sugar cookie layer, pressing gently.

Layer 3: Peanut Butter Cookie

  • 1 Cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 Cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • Place all ingredients into a bowl and mix until combined.  Press over chocolate cookie dough.

Layer 4:  Chocolate Chip Cookie

  • the recipe below makes double what you'll need for the bars, use half for the recipe, extra for cookies
  • 2 sticks softened butter
  • 3/4 Cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 Cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla
  • 2 1/2 Cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 bag chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  For Sugar Cookie Dough Layer:  Press sugar cookie dough into bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish that's been lined foil and sprayed with cooking spray.
  • For Double Chocolate Cookie Dough Layer:  In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Slowly add eggs and vanilla until well combined.
  • In another bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Slowly add to wet ingredients then stir in chips. Layer 1/2 the recipe over sugar cookie layer, pressing gently.
  • For Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Layer:  Place all ingredients into a bowl and mix until combined.  Press over chocolate cookie dough.
  • For Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Layer:  In a stand or electric mixer cream the butter and sugars until well combined.  Beat in eggs and vanilla until combined.  Place flour, baking soda and salt into a large bolw; mix to combine.  Slowly add to wet ingredients along with chocolate chips.  Spoon 1/2 of the dough evenly over peanut butter cookie dough but don't press, just leave uneven.  Bake for 35-45 minutes or until center of dough is cooked mostly through.  Edges will be brown.  I covered pan with foil during the last 15 minutes of baking.
  • Let cookies cool completely.  Lift out of pan with edges of foil.  I cut off 1/2 inch edges and just used softer centers, but do as you wish.  Edges are crispier.  Drizzle top with 1/2 Cup melted chocolate chips if desired.
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I hope you enjoy these crazy layered cookie bars. This is one of my very favorite dessert recipes for parties and gatherings. I’m sure you will know why if you make them!

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169 Responses
  1. Stacey

    These were a bit trying for me to make! But fun!! They are baking now and smell fabulous!! Then the cookies go in!! One tip I have is to coat your hands in buttery spray so the dough doesn’t stick to your hands when spreading the layers!! Can’t wait to try. Am taking to work to spoil some of my coworkers!! Thank you for such a scrumptious recipe!!!

  2. Rose

    I know this is an old thread, but for the prepackaged dough can you please tell me the size? It comes in either 16 or 32 oz. Thanks!

  3. BeachBaker

    Just two questions:
    1. Could I use my own sugar cookie dough in equivalent quantity or weight of the bought stuff?
    2. Does the peanut butter layer consist only of the pb, sugar and egg? No flour, etc? Thanks.

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  6. Cookie Maker

    Like the thinking behind this creation, but you lost me at Pillsbury sugar cookie dough. . . ..

  7. Emma Rose

    For the sugar cookie layer, can I use homemade sugar cookie dough? I live in Germany and things like pre-made cookie dough aren’t sold here.

  8. Elaine

    IDK, is it just me? Am I missing something here? The photo shows four DIFFERENT layers. But the recipe is for two similar layers of chocolate chip cookie? What happened to the chocolate cookie layer? Thanks!

  9. Howdy! This blog post could not be written any better!

    Reading through this post reminds me of my previous roommate!
    He always kept talking about this. I am going
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  10. In the recipe above, it does not show any flour, shortening, etc. in the peanut butter cookie recipe, only peanut butter sugar and an egg. That can’t be correct, can it? Also, what are you to do with the half recipes of the chocolate chocolate chip and chocolate chip recipes? If you only use half of them, why not just make half? Or is there something missing in the copy on my page?

  11. Lisa

    These look fantastic, im going to try them NOW!

    Is the peanut butter layer really just PB, sugar and eggs? No flour, baking soda, etc?

  12. Kate

    I think I just gained weight by looking at that! I will have to make someday though, looks glorious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Carolyn Childs

    A family friend is being deployed to Afghanistan. He had some of these two years ago before joining the Army, and has requested a batch before he leaves. They’re THAT good. Hope they go through the mail all right from California to Georgia in July!

  14. Critemeister

    So, i live in Sweden and they don’t sell “Pillsbury Sugar Cookie Dough” here.
    What is it? How do i make me some? Link to a recipe or atleast an explanation of what it is would be great.
    Looks so good, i have to make me some

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  16. Carolyn

    A friend’s college student is home for the weekend. I think I have to send him back with a load of Lode. He’ll be the Big Man On Campus for sure!!

  17. Jennifer

    I made these for the first time today. I haven’t tried them yet but they look phenominal! I didn’t have enough chocolate chips left for the drizzle on top but I did have some peanut butter chips in my fridge so I melted the two together. I sure hope they taste as good as they look!

  18. sandy hillis

    Am I reading this right–there isn’t any flour in the peanut butter layer? This sounds like such a great recipe that I can almost taste it.

  19. Kelly

    can i ask what white flour is? i’ve never heard to anything referred to as white sugar…nor has anyone i’ve asked. I’m going to assume it’s confectioners sugar, either way i don’t think it will make a HUGE difference. I hope mine turn out as good as those look 😀

  20. I tried these, but I used my own recipes for each of the layers. These were great… but mine didn’t turn out with layers as distinct as these.

  21. These look soooooo good! I’m very tempted to try them. But is there something I can replace the Peanut butter layer with? My hubby’s alergic to nuts.

  22. Lisa

    Just wanted to let you know. I took a batch of these to my singles ward’s Cookies and Conversation activity. People loved them. Thank you for such a wonderful recipe. It’s a keeper!

  23. Lisa

    I made these today in a 9×13 pan, but my peanut butter layer came out very thin. Once baked, I couldn’t see it very well either. I used chunky peanut butter instead of creamy. Should that make a difference? Also, the chocolate chip cookie layer on top seemed to take a really long time to bake through. The bars tasted good though, like a brownie in between cookie layers. I’d like to make them again in the future, but want to know if you have any suggestions for fixing my problems so that they can come out like yours did.

    Yeah, I just gained 5 lbs. looking at these cookies! 😉
    I’m including a link in my Inspire My Saturday post today.
    Yummy! Thanks so much for sharing!

  25. Found you from Kevin and Amanda… WOW’ I HAD A HEART ATTACK AT 30 just reading this! HA HA! Seriously contemplating heading to the store to get chocolate chips… I am going to a COOKIE EXCHANGE PARTY TOMORROW night… these would be PERFECT!

  26. Jen

    I made these for my annual cookie exchange and they are extremely time consuming. They tasted great, were a huge hit, and not hard, but VERY time consuming. Mine baked more like 50-60 minutes, and I made 2 pans, so all in all it was about a 4-5 hour process. Thanks for the recipe though, everyone was impressed 😉

  27. So….my first batch of these will be coming out of the oven in approx 7 mins. I’m so excited!
    I seem to have misplaced the beaters for my mixer, so I did the whole thing by hand…tried to convince myself the extra work would pay off…hmmm, next time they’ll be just fine with the mixer.LOL
    Awesome recipe and site!

  28. Cindy & Barbara

    Last weekend my daugher (a freshman in college) emailed me this recipe and said “Mom we Have to Make this!” It’s cooking now….We had loads of laughs! Only 12 bars ??? OMG !!! Thanks for the FUN!

  29. JP

    Phenomenal recipe. Maybe of help to someone: to make it easier to evenly pat each dough layer over the previous layer, I put the pan in the freezer while I made the next batch of dough. That made the layers in the pan slightly firmer, so they didn’t squish around when I put on the next layers. I moistened my hands to keep the dough from sticking to my hands (otherwise I’d have licked half of each dough recipe off of my hands!). Oh, and I didn’t read the part about lining the pan with foil, but the cookies came out beautifully anyway. I cut them much smaller, they’re just so rich!

  30. Kathy Wallick

    My husband just walked by the computer and said “woof- looks like layers of heaven… I’m definately going to have to try these for him now!

  31. They look glorious. How do you not weigh a thousand pounds? I might when finished making this and the pumpkin minis. Sigh. I’ll go ahead anyway, of course. 😉

  32. A Cook

    Just a question, why are all the layers homemade with the exception of the sugar cookie layer? Is this because of the way the sugar layer bakes/holds up or is it just convenience?

    1. Tried emailing you, but for some reason it wouldn’t go through. Using the sugar cookie dough premade was for convenience. I had some in my fridge to use, but I imagine you could make your own.

  33. Sara

    Thanks so much for this! I usually make a chocolate chip cookie cake for my brother’s birthday but wanted to do something special for his 18th, today, and this was it! I used brownies in place of the chocolate cookie and it was sooo good!

  34. Sven

    Just got done making these. The foil makes it easier to get the cookies out of the baking sheet but it also slides around while you spread the layers. But the finished product is amazing and crowd-pleasing!

  35. Sarah

    Um… if you left off that layer of sugar on the bottom, it would be awesome. I think that’s a little extravagant. haha.

  36. I am going to try the recipe. If it comes out right, I’ll be at the top of my families list again. Looks delicious. Not many tastes out there better than peanut butter and chocolate!

  37. I am in shock looking at this. I just want to start licking my computer screen.


    Those look amazing. Would you like to be my new best friend?? Cause I would like to invite you over. Please bring these. Thanks.


    Blessings! 🙂

  38. OMG! I have been searching for something like this my whole life, just kidding. Seriously, they look sooo yummy! I am meeting a friend for lunch on Monday I think I will surprise her with these!!!

    Love your site!

  39. Made these last night to take to my creative writing workshop. Everyone raved over them and they were quite good, but I felt that the peanut butter was a little over-powering. Not quite sure how to fix that…

  40. Only problem for me being in the UK is that we don’t have Pilsbury Sugar Cookie Dough just lyin’ around! So I might have to make a sugar cookie recipe. But they look AWESOME.

  41. I “stumbled” onto your website, and my jaw almost hit the floor. These look decadent! I’m terrible at baking cookie type things, but I’m really thinking about trying these
    Now i’m off to check out your other recipes!

  42. Wow. Talk about a heart attack on a plate!

    @Nutmeg Nanny: I think these are illegal in Australia. I might be breaking the law this weekend!

  43. I’d love to see these desserts on a scale. Wait a minute…maybe not!

    You’ve got some fabulous creations here. As a side note, I really like the design and feel of your website. You’ve incorporated a clean, fresh design with the “comfort” of chalkboard-style text like you’d find at the corner bistro.

  44. Louise

    I have never been on this site before till now……..and let me tell you OMG…….those cookies look soooooo yummy….I definetley will have to try them. Do you have any Diabetic recipes? Thank you for sharing….

  45. Traci Moore

    my oldest child is allergic to peanuts. do you think it would hurt to leave the peanut butter cookie layer out of the recipe? would i have to change the baking time any? thanks for taking the time to answer my questions!! traci

  46. Ashley

    Oh my those look incredible. I’ll be adding the ingredients to my grocery list and making those tomorrow. Thanks for posting!

  47. So sweet the layers is, i want to try , but it is not possible
    for me ! Hope oneday my boyfriend for my husband will prepare them for me after i get off work.

  48. I made these today for my neighbor that just had a baby and oh wow! They were amazing! My husband and I couldn’t stop picking at it. One of the best desserts I’ve ever had! Thank you for the idea! I think they were a hit with my neighbor!

    1. Julia

      Multi-Tasking Mommy,

      Jenny said that it takes 10 min. to make each dough, then cook for 35-45 min., so around 80 min. altogether.

  49. a friend twittered this page tonight as I was getting ready to make something for our staff meeting tomorrow, so I tried it. Nice thing is, it looks complicated but it’s made with stuff any one would already have around the house. It’s in the fridge ready to be popped in the oven in the morning – can’t wait to see how it tastes. Oh, and the extra dough is in the freeze for when I need a quick dessert! Thanks for the inspiration tonight.

  50. Holy moley, yer killin’ me, Smalls!!

    I’m still busy drooling over the pumpkin spice cheesecake you posted the other day, and now you come up with this?? I’m going to gain 10 pounds in a week! hehehe


  51. Katie

    Ok, really, how are you ever gonna top this??!!!!!! I thought the peanut butter cup cake was the answer to my prayers…but this cookie….OMMMMMMMMGGGGGGGG!!!!!!

  52. Hi Jenny,
    Just rediscovered your scrumptious site. I was here a while back for “A Popcorn Ball That Would Smell So Sweet…”

    Those cookie bars look oh so decadent and fairly easy for a non baker such as myself. Thank you so much for sharing. Bookmarked! I’ve also added you to my search engine!!!

  53. meagan


    Yes it’s 350, it’s hidden in with the first couple of lines of the recepie and then snuck in again right after the chocolate chip cookie dough ingredients. I am off to do a “test run” of these! (After all what kind of mother would I be if I didnt “test” them and make sure they are perfect for my son’s party LOLOLOLOLOL)

  54. meagan

    I am actualy going to make these this weekend for my son’s birthday, with one small exception. I am going to make the full recipies for the cookie doughs and just make cookies too, no use in fighting it I am going to bake them anyhow so I may as well do it while making these bars! Great recepie looks fantastic!

    1. Jemma

      Hey josh- she DID say what temp to cook it at, after the choco chip recipe, and yes it is 350F. Great guesstamite!

  55. WOW! What a fantastic idea… keeps the kids from arguing about what kind of cookies to make and the finished product looks so cool. Will definitely try these! Thanks for the inspiration.

  56. Donna H.

    I am fairly new to your site, and I have only one thing to say. You are a baaaad woman!!!!! These should be illegal-they look way too good!! I’ll definitely be making these soon.

  57. Dede


    I am totally in love with this webpage…I have printed out about 50 recipes so far and can’t wait to start baking. I do have a question in regards to “Mother Load Layered Cookie Bars” What do you mean by “Only Make 1/2 of this recipe” for layer 2 & layer 4? Do you mean to cut the recipe in half e.g if it calls for two sticks of butter then use only one? Or do you mean after combining all ingredients to use only half of that? I’d hate to mess up such a fantastic dessert.

    1. Hi Dede,
      Thanks for visiting and hope you enjoy the recipes!!

      Yes, if it calls for 2 sticks of butter, just use 1 etc. You can make the whole recipe if you’d like and just use half of it if you’d like too. The leftovers make great cookies. Hope you enjoy!!

  58. Oh man! WHy do I stumble upon the most decadent looking things while pregnant. The I end up loving them and NEEDING/craving them later on! Thanks a Lot! (but I really mean do mean it, thanks!)

  59. Courtney

    Lurker here….but had to come out of Lurkerville to comment. One word WOW!!!! I can not wait to make these. You are SUCH a good writer and cook. I really enjoy your site.

  60. The Queen of Cookies has out done herself! Way to go, Jenny. Sometime I wish that I lived in CA so I could be your guinea pig! Emphasis on pig 🙂

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