Saturday, January 23, 2010

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

These LOOKED great in one of my latest issues of Kraft Food and Family magazine. When we decided to go visit family, I knew these would be a perfect treat to take. They were so perfect, they were gone before a photo of them ever happened. They were destined to be eaten, not photographed!! Maybe next time!

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

1 pkg chocolate cake mix
1 pkg Jell-O chocolate instant pudding
1/2 cup butter (1 stick), melted
1/2 cup cold milk
6 squares semi-sweet chocolate, chopped and divided
1 cup peanuts, divided
1 cup creamy peanut butter

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 13x9 baking dish with foil; spray with cooking spray. Mix first 4 ingredients until blended (mixture will be thick). Press of the cake mix into prepared pan.

Bake 10 minutes. Sprinkle half with each of chocolate and nuts over crust; top with peanut butter. (Not easy smooth, but doesn't have to look great.) Cover with layers of remaining cake mix mixture, chocolate and nuts. Press gently with spatula. Bake 15 minutes. Cool 1 hour. Refrigerate 4 hours before cutting into bars.

(Makes 32) *Not the way I cut them!*
(Kraft Food and Family magazine, Fall '09)

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