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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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    JP says:

    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!

  3. 103
    Cindy & Barbara says:

    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!

  4. 104

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  6. 106
    Brian C. says:

    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!

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  8. 108
    Lori Falce says:

    These are the best sounding things I’ve ever encountered in my life.

    I am making a gross ton of them ASAP.

  9. 109
    bev says:


  10. 110
    Jen says:

    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 😉

  11. 111
    Nate says:

    White chocolate chips in the double chocolate give the bars more color contrast, and holy wow these are good! thanks.

  12. 112

    […] this, Kevin declared, “I know what I want for my birthday next year!!!” 🙂 I got this recipe from Jenny from Picky Palate- she says to bring these to “your next party or gathering and watch them disappear!” […]

  13. 113

    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!

  14. 114
    Heather says:

    That is so not right. Holy cow those look so good. I’m running through my inventory in my head to see if I have enough stuff to make them. WOW!!

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  16. 116
    Carri says:

    This cookie bars are delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  17. 117
    Boomie says:

    Well, i saw the pictures, and thats what i call a cookie

  18. 118
    Boomie says:

    Well, i saw the pictures, and thats what i call a cookie

  19. 119
    Boomie says:

    Well, i saw the pictures, and thats what i call a cookie

  20. 120
    Sook says:

    I’m so tempted to make some of these! Yum!

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  22. 122
    Sherry says:

    OMG… yummy can’t wait to try these Can you use parchment to line the pan?

  23. 123
    Tricia says:
    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!

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    joyloud says:

    I can’t wait to try it.

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  28. 128
    Lisa says:

    Instead of the sugar cookie as the first layer, would it be alright to use a shortbread cookie layer instead?

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  30. 130
    Lisa says:

    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.

  31. 131
    Lisa says:

    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!

  32. 132
    Faye says:

    How many calories does this have? It looks so Good!

  33. 133
    Jennifer says:

    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.

  34. 134

    Jenny, if you want the complete nutrient analysis of this recipe, just ask!!! Janice and I have the software and would be happy to crunch the numbers (if you dare to know)!

  35. 135
    Julia says:

    OH EM GEE!! Yum! Thanks for the idea, Jenny!

  36. 136
    Julia says:

    Oh my gosh these look so GOOD! Definitely a project for a rainy day!

  37. 137
    Slarti Bartfast says:

    Lots of Fat and Sugar… mmmmmmmm.
    That’s the American diet!

  38. 138
    Gatsby says:


    peanut butter is such a great addition
    along with ice cream cone cupcakes this is the best recipe I’ve seen today!!

  39. 139
    Yummy says:

    I stumbled on this and immediately started to drool. These look great. Thnx for sharing.

  40. 140

    Holy Goodness! These things look absolutely decadent! I printed the recipe and plan to try them very soon!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  41. 141
    Krista says:

    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.

  42. 142
    I SO HUNGRY says:

    Wow that look soooo delicious thank you for sharing…

  43. 143
    Kelly says:

    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 😀

  44. 144
    Kelly says:

    oops i meant WHITE SUGAR in that first sentence.

  45. 145

    Wow these brownies look amazing!! I am going to bake them for my kids Wednesday night. I will let you know how they turn out.

  46. 146

    These look so delicious – I wish I had one right now!

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    sandy hillis says:

    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.

  49. 149
    Crystal says:

    DROOLING….I am making these tomorrow and then going to mail them to my family

  50. 150
    Jennifer says:

    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!

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