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The Motherlode Layered Cookie Bars!

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Good Thursday folks!

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.

See the picture below for all the incredible cookie layers.  The pictures speak for themselves, so I can leave now!  Enjoy.




The Mother Load Layered Cookie Bars

Layer 1: Sugar Cookie

1 Roll of Pillsbury Sugar Cookie Dough

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Press sugar cookie dough into bottom of a 9×13 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 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

1. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Slowly add eggs and vanilla until well combined.

2. 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

1.  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 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

1.  Make sure oven is preheated to 350 degrees F.  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.

2.  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.

*Note:  You can layer dough and refrigerate until ready to bake.  This is what I did and it worked very nicely.

8 large bars (if you cut off edges), 12 bars (if you keep edges)

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  1. 51
    dwg says:

    Looks delicious. But you mean “Motherlode,” not . . . snicker . . . “Mother Load.”

  2. 52
    Brynnly says:

    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!

  3. 53
    Shelley says:

    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.

  4. 54
    Ashley says:

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

  5. 55
    Sues says:

    Ahhh! This looks like heaven for sure!!! I’ll never have to choose between cookies again 🙂

  6. 56
    Traci Moore says:

    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

  7. 57
    Julie says:

    Those cookie bars are speaking loud and clear to me!

  8. 58
    George Rix says:

    It looks great, but oh boy I think the calorie count would be prudent information!

  9. 59
    Louise says:

    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….

  10. 60
    Roschelle says:

    I gained 10lbs just looking at these pics!! Delicious

  11. 61
    Bob says:

    Holy crap, those looks wicked good. They might kill me if I ate them, but what a way to go! 😀

  12. 62
    Ferni's Food says:

    Those look delicoius. You are a genious! I feel like I am gaining weight just by looking at them but they look so yummy : ).

  13. 63
    Terence says:

    It’s actually spelled “motherlode.”

  14. 64

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  15. 65
    Saralyn says:

    Have you ever been to It’s a website that is updated daily with the most delicious food ever made. THIS NEEDS TO BE ON THAT SITE. this looks sooooooo good!!! i’m so excited to try making it.
    thank you so much for making my stomach happy =]

  16. 66
    jump manual says:

    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.

  17. 67

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  18. 68
    FLVwin says:

    God, looks really delicious! I would like to eat all of them!

  19. 69
    momo1984 says:

    Mmmmmh…. Very tasty cake thaks for the receipe.
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  20. 70
    Flea says:

    OMG. This looks to die for. Can’t wait to try it.

  21. 71

    These look absolutely sinful! I can’t wait to make them… so much for my cutting out the sweets in my diet – LOL!

  22. 72
    Whitney says:

    WOW. This looks like a treat made for me and my friends. Oh goodness…so many ways to express my bliss when I think about making these. YUM!

  23. 73
    Sylvia Oertel says:


  24. 74
    Tray says:

    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!

  25. 75
    DJ says:

    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!

  26. 76
    mikey says:

    omg!!!! i’m pretty sure i just drooled a little bit. i am totally making these!!!!!

  27. 77
    Kat says:

    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.

  28. 78
    Kendray says:

    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…

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  30. 80

    I think this dessert should be submitted to:

    it would win! Cheers! wb

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  32. 82
    Megadad08 says:

    This makes my stomach hurt just looking at it, but I gotta try it.

  33. 83

    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!

  34. 84
    Amanda says:

    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! 🙂

  35. 85

    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!

  36. 86
    Jean says:

    Looks so yummy! Anything with peanut butter and chocolate has to be delicious

  37. 87
    Bradley says:

    Awesome looking cookie and beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing!


  38. 88
    Sarah says:

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

  39. 89
    Alyssa says:

    It’s all Jessica’s (How Sweet It Is) fault I’m here. She made these, and they look so good!

  40. 90
    Em says:

    Popping mine in the oven right now!

  41. 91
    Nick says:

    im gettin really baked and making these 🙂

  42. 92
    Jen says:

    Hmmm, how can I eat this post?

  43. 93
    Sven says:

    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!

  44. 94
    Helena says:


  45. 95
    Sara says:

    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!

  46. 96
    cd says:

    i have all these ingredients in my house right now. this could be dangerous.

  47. 97
    A Cook says:

    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?

    • 97.1
      Jenny says:

      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.

  48. 98

    It looks absolutely delicious, definitely something that we have to try out for ourselves.

  49. 99
    Christine says:

    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. 😉

  50. 100
    Kathy Wallick says:

    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!

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