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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Equipment

  • Oven

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

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