Easy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

Try my soft, delicious, and gooey peanut butter chocolate chip bars for a quick and easy dessert! These cake mix cookie bars are made in a 13×9 pan using a yellow cake mix, creamy peanut butter, cream cheese, and are topped with semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Craving peanut butter and chocolate? Try these soft, delicious, gooey peanut butter chocolate chip bars! These cookie bars with cake mix are made in a 13x9 pan using a yellow cake mix, creamy peanut butter, cream cheese, and are topped with semi-sweet chocolate chips. Even better these peanut butter and chocolate chip bars bake in less than 30 minutes!

Easy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

Today I’m excited to share one of my favorite cake mix dessert bars – Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars.

These delicious peanut butter and chocolate chip bars are one of my favorite 9×13 desserts to make for a gathering, and they’re a super easy dessert that starts with a box yellow cake mix and other simple ingredients.

Even better, these easy peanut butter bars take less than 30 minutes to bake, making for an easy weeknight or weekend treat.

If you want to learn how to make easy peanut butter chocolate chip bars, then keep reading below and check out my step-by-step video tutorial over here.

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Craving peanut butter and chocolate? Try these soft, delicious, gooey peanut butter chocolate chip bars! These cookie bars with cake mix are made in a 13x9 pan using a yellow cake mix, creamy peanut butter, cream cheese, and are topped with semi-sweet chocolate chips. Even better these peanut butter and chocolate chip bars bake in less than 30 minutes!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

I’ve been making these delicious and easy peanut butter cookie bars with cake mix and chocolate chips for several years now and it’s one of my favorite treats to make for my family.

I love it because it uses everyday ingredients that I almost always have in my pantry and fridge.

These peanut butter chocolate chip bars are also super quick to whip together in a 9×13 pan, making them the perfect choice for taking to family gatherings and parties.

And trust me when I say they’re SO good – it’s pretty much a given that you won’t come home with any leftover dessert bars.

Not to mention the combination of peanut butter and chocolate are pretty much THE BEST ever, am I right?!

 

What’s in Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars?

These cake mix bars come together with just 7 simple ingredients which I’ve included below.

  • Boxed Yellow Cake Mix
  • Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 Large Egg
  • Cream Cheese (You can use full fat or 1/3 fat)
  • Milk (I prefer 2%)
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

 

What Kitchen Tools Do I Need? 

You only need just a few simple kitchen tools to make these peanut butter bars.

Craving peanut butter and chocolate? Try these soft, delicious, gooey peanut butter chocolate chip bars! These cookie bars with cake mix are made in a 13x9 pan using a yellow cake mix, creamy peanut butter, cream cheese, and are topped with semi-sweet chocolate chips. Even better these peanut butter and chocolate chip bars bake in less than 30 minutes!

Tips for Making Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

Use a metal or glass pan to bake them 

I recommend using a metal 9×13 cake pan for baking these peanut butter and chocolate chip bars.

Alternatively, if you don’t have a metal pan, you can use a glass 9×13 baking pan, but make sure you check it at the lowest recommended baking time to ensure you don’t overbake your bars.

Metal tends to cook baked goods more evenly, which is why I prefer using it.

 

Let the bars cool before cutting them

I know it’s tempting to want to dig in right away, but because these are a more gooey dessert bar (and loaded with chocolate chips on top), you’ll want to let the dessert bars cool on a wire cooling rack before cutting them.

I recommend waiting at least 30 minutes – 1 hour before cutting them with a plastic knife.

Tip: If you’re not in a hurry or are making them in advance, you can even wait to cut them after putting them in the fridge for a bit to firm up.

 

Store leftover bars in the fridge

Because these dessert bars are made with cream cheese, it’s best to refrigerate them to maintain optimal freshness.

Once they’ve cooled completely and you have cut them into bars, store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

If desired, you can reheat the bars in the microwave for 15-30 seconds before eating, but they’re also delicious cold.

 

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Craving peanut butter and chocolate? Try these soft, delicious, gooey peanut butter chocolate chip bars! These cookie bars with cake mix are made in a 13x9 pan using a yellow cake mix, creamy peanut butter, cream cheese, and are topped with semi-sweet chocolate chips. Even better these peanut butter and chocolate chip bars bake in less than 30 minutes!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars FAQ’s

Can I Use Another Kind of Chocolate Chips?

Sure! Use whatever kind is your favorite.

I personally love the balance that semi-sweet chocolate chips gives these cake mix peanut butter bars, but you can also use milk chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, or a combination.

 

Can I Use a Natural Peanut Butter?

I wouldn’t recommend using a natural peanut butter that has to be stirred/refrigerated since those tend to be oily and it might alter the texture.

You can, however, use no stir varieties such as this natural one from JIF.

That said – if you try other types with success, please let us know in the comments!

 

Can I Use Another Nut Butter?

Again, I wouldn’t recommend this recipe with any nut butters that require stirring/refrigeration, but you should be fine with a no-stir variety.

I’d recommend a no-stir almond butter, cookie butter, or even hazelnut (Nutella) would make for a delicious swap.

 

Can I add Nuts?

Yes! These bars are delicious with some peanuts added on top.

Simply add 1/4 cup peanuts right on top with the chocolate chips.

It adds a delicious crunch and the perfect sweet and salty balance.

You could also try adding walnuts or pecans if you prefer that instead.

 

Should Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars be Refrigerated?

Yes, because these dessert bars feature a cream cheese filling, they should be refrigerated to maintain freshness.

Once they’ve cooled completely and you have cut them into bars, store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

If desired, you can reheat the bars in the microwave for 15-30 seconds before eating, but they’re also delicious cold.

 

Can these cake mix bars be frozen?

Yes. You can freeze them in a freezer safe bag or container for up to 3 months.

Once ready to eat, thaw in the fridge overnight or reheat individual servings in the microwave until warm.

Craving peanut butter and chocolate? Try these soft, delicious, gooey peanut butter chocolate chip bars! These cookie bars with cake mix are made in a 13x9 pan using a yellow cake mix, creamy peanut butter, cream cheese, and are topped with semi-sweet chocolate chips. Even better these peanut butter and chocolate chip bars bake in less than 30 minutes!

How to Make Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars with a Cake Mix

Below, you’ll find a brief overview with photos on how to prepare these easy peanut butter and chocolate chip bars using a yellow cake mix.

For the full, printable recipe and ingredient amounts, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of the page.

 

Step 1 – Preheat & Spray Your Pan

Preheat the oven and spray a 9×13 metal pan or glass baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

 

Step 2 – Prepare Your Crust

Prepare your crust by combining the yellow cake mix, 2/3 of the peanut butter, and egg in a large mixing bowl and mixing together with an electric hand mixer until crumbly.

Use your hands or a fork to press the crumb mixture into the greased baking pan, ensuring it gets evenly in all the corners of the pan.

Craving peanut butter and chocolate? Try these soft, delicious, gooey peanut butter chocolate chip bars! These cookie bars with cake mix are made in a 13x9 pan using a yellow cake mix, creamy peanut butter, cream cheese, and are topped with semi-sweet chocolate chips. Even better these peanut butter and chocolate chip bars bake in less than 30 minutes!

Step 3 – Prepare Your Cake Mix Bars

In the same large mixing bowl as before, beat together the softened cream cheese and 1/3 cup of peanut butter with an electric hand mixer until combined. Next add in sugar and milk and mix together until smooth.

Carefully pour the mixture over the crust. Spread evenly and sprinkle with chocolate chips.

Craving peanut butter and chocolate? Try these soft, delicious, gooey peanut butter chocolate chip bars! These cookie bars with cake mix are made in a 13x9 pan using a yellow cake mix, creamy peanut butter, cream cheese, and are topped with semi-sweet chocolate chips. Even better these peanut butter and chocolate chip bars bake in less than 30 minutes!

Craving peanut butter and chocolate? Try these soft, delicious, gooey peanut butter chocolate chip bars! These cookie bars with cake mix are made in a 13x9 pan using a yellow cake mix, creamy peanut butter, cream cheese, and are topped with semi-sweet chocolate chips. Even better these peanut butter and chocolate chip bars bake in less than 30 minutes!

Step 4 – Bake

Bake the peanut butter and chocolate chip bars in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned and the center is set.

Craving peanut butter and chocolate? Try these soft, delicious, gooey peanut butter chocolate chip bars! These cookie bars with cake mix are made in a 13x9 pan using a yellow cake mix, creamy peanut butter, cream cheese, and are topped with semi-sweet chocolate chips. Even better these peanut butter and chocolate chip bars bake in less than 30 minutes!

Step 5 – Cool and Cut

Let the peanut butter chocolate chip bars cool completely on a wire cooling rack before cutting with a plastic knife.

Serve and enjoy!

Craving peanut butter and chocolate? Try these soft, delicious, gooey peanut butter chocolate chip bars! These cookie bars with cake mix are made in a 13x9 pan using a yellow cake mix, creamy peanut butter, cream cheese, and are topped with semi-sweet chocolate chips. Even better these peanut butter and chocolate chip bars bake in less than 30 minutes!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars Recipe + Video Tutorial

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Easy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

These delicious and easy peanut butter chocolate chip bars are made in a 13×9 pan using a cake mix, creamy peanut butter, cream cheese, and topped with semi-sweet chocolate chips.

  • Author: Cara Owens
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 15 bars 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

Units Scale

Cake Mix Crust

Bars Filling

  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened to room temperature (full fat or 1/3 fat)
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup milk (I use 2%)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and spray a 13×9 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Using an electric hand mixer, beat cake mix, 2/3 cup of creamy peanut butter, and large egg in a large mixing bowl on low-medium speed, until combined and crumbly.
  3. Use your hands or a fork to press the crumb mixture into the bottom of the greased baking pan until evenly spread.
  4. In the same large mixing bowl, beat softened cream cheese and 1/3 cup of peanut butter with an electric hand mixer until combined. Next add in sugar and milk and mix together until smooth.
  5. Carefully pour cream cheese and peanut butter mixture over crust. Spread evenly with a spatula and sprinkle with chocolate chips.
  6. Bake in oven for 25-30 minutes or until edges are lightly browned and center is set.
  7. Let bars cool completely on a wire cooling rack before cutting with a plastic knife.
  8. Serve and enjoy!
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Notes

Once bars have cooled completely, cut and store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. If desired, reheat the bars in the microwave for 15-30 seconds before eating, or enjoy cold.

Bars can also be frozen for up to 3 months in a freezer safe bag or container.

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These peanut butter chocolate chip bars are simply divine when eaten warm + fresh the same day, but they’re also so good the next day after they’ve been in the fridge overnight.

They taste like peanut butter cheesecake and pair perfectly with a tall, cold glass of milk.

Just look at all that peanut butter and chocolate chip deliciousness and tell me you don’t want one!

Craving peanut butter and chocolate? Try these soft, delicious, gooey peanut butter chocolate chip bars! These cookie bars with cake mix are made in a 13x9 pan using a yellow cake mix, creamy peanut butter, cream cheese, and are topped with semi-sweet chocolate chips. Even better these peanut butter and chocolate chip bars bake in less than 30 minutes!

Craving peanut butter and chocolate? Try these soft, delicious, gooey peanut butter chocolate chip bars! These cookie bars with cake mix are made in a 13x9 pan using a yellow cake mix, creamy peanut butter, cream cheese, and are topped with semi-sweet chocolate chips. Even better these peanut butter and chocolate chip bars bake in less than 30 minutes!


Hope you enjoyed my Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars recipe and I hope you’ll give them a try the next time you’re craving something with peanut butter and chocolate!

Do you love PB and chocolate too? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Thanks for stopping by!-Cara

 

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Craving peanut butter and chocolate? Try these soft, delicious, gooey peanut butter chocolate chip bars! These cookie bars with cake mix are made in a 13x9 pan using a yellow cake mix, creamy peanut butter, cream cheese, and are topped with semi-sweet chocolate chips. Even better these peanut butter and chocolate chip bars bake in less than 30 minutes!

Craving peanut butter and chocolate? Try these soft, delicious, gooey peanut butter chocolate chip bars! These cake mix cookie bars are made in a 13x9 pan using a yellow cake mix, creamy peanut butter, cream cheese, and are topped with semi-sweet chocolate chips. Even better these chocolate chip bars bake in less than 30 minutes! #peanutbutterbars #chocolatechipbars #cookiebars #cakemixbars

Craving peanut butter and chocolate? Try these soft, delicious, gooey peanut butter chocolate chip bars! These cake mix cookie bars are made in a 13x9 pan using a yellow cake mix, creamy peanut butter, cream cheese, and are topped with semi-sweet chocolate chips. Even better these chocolate chip bars bake in less than 30 minutes! #peanutbutterbars #chocolatechipbars #cookiebars #cakemixbars

Craving peanut butter and chocolate? Try these soft, delicious, gooey peanut butter chocolate chip bars! These cake mix cookie bars are made in a 13x9 pan using a yellow cake mix, creamy peanut butter, cream cheese, and are topped with semi-sweet chocolate chips. Even better these chocolate chip bars bake in less than 30 minutes! #peanutbutterbars #chocolatechipbars #cookiebars #cakemixbars

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62 Comments

  1. Rob wrote:

    One of my favorite bars you make. The PB and chocolate combo is the best!






    Posted 2.19.19 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Glad you love it!

      Posted 2.20.19 Reply
  2. Charlotte wrote:

    The husband is already begging me to make these now :p and I am scared if we make them we will eat the whole tray in one sitting they look so good! Thanks so much for linking up to #YumTum this week. I hope to see another great recipe next week!

    Posted 1.21.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Haha, they are pretty delicious and never last long in this household 😉 Thanks for inviting me!

      Posted 1.21.16 Reply
  3. Jessica wrote:

    Peanut butter and chocolate is my love language so this sounds heavenly!!! I can’t wait to try it! -Jessica, Sweet Little Ones

    Posted 1.21.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      It’s delicious! Hope you enjoy 🙂

      Posted 1.21.16 Reply
  4. Charlotte wrote:

    These look delicious! – and not so complicated to do either! – I would love you to link one of your recipe’s to my food linky (#YumTum) http://www.themummytoolbox.com/?p=2730

    Posted 1.21.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thank-you, I will! 🙂

      Posted 1.21.16 Reply
  5. hena tayeb wrote:

    OMG! that looks amazing!

    Posted 1.18.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thank-you! They are!

      Posted 1.18.16 Reply
  6. Michelle wrote:

    These look delicious! I just posted a pb brownie mixture the other day, but this might even be easier 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    Posted 1.17.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thank-you! That sounds delicious too, I will have to check that out!

      Posted 1.18.16 Reply
  7. Courtney wrote:

    omg these look AMAZING! I love anything peanut butter! I need to make these asap!

    Posted 1.17.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thank-you! Super easy to make, and even better to eat 😉

      Posted 1.17.16 Reply
  8. Kusum wrote:

    PB and Chocolate, match made in heaven!! Looks so delish, you make me hungry and greedy for dessert, like right now 😉
    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

    Posted 1.16.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Haha, thank-you! Hope you’ll be able to make them soon 🙂

      Posted 1.16.16 Reply
  9. Amanda Butler wrote:

    These look delicious!! Pinning for later 🙂

    Posted 1.16.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thank-you! 🙂

      Posted 1.16.16 Reply
  10. ellen from Ask Away wrote:

    OMG this looks friggin amazin
    XO Ellen from Ask Away
    http://www.askawayblog.com

    Posted 1.16.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thank-you! They taste wonderful! Have a great weekend!

      Posted 1.16.16 Reply
  11. Hollie wrote:

    Cara, they sound and look delicious! I cannot wait to try them in my new to me oven when we move house! Thanks for the recipe card, too!

    Posted 1.16.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thank-you! Hope you enjoy them!

      Posted 1.16.16 Reply
  12. Sarah @ Bows and Clothes wrote:

    Mmmm! These looks so yummy and I love the printable recipe card!

    Sarah
    http://mybowsandclothes.blogspot.com/

    Posted 1.15.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thank-you! Have a great evening!

      Posted 1.15.16 Reply
  13. Lauren English wrote:

    These look so good! Peanut butter and chocolate is one of my favorite combos so I’ll have to try this. 🙂

    Posted 1.15.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks! They are great, hope you enjoy them!

      Posted 1.15.16 Reply
  14. lorraine williamson wrote:

    love this recipe reminds me of my reeses bondie recipe pinned thanks for sharing

    Posted 1.15.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Wow, that sounds good too! Thanks for stopping by!

      Posted 1.15.16 Reply
  15. Katie Elizabeth wrote:

    Oh my goshhhh, these look so so so good! You can never go wrong with PB + chocolate! I can’t wait to try them!

    Posted 1.15.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thank-you! They are delish!

      Posted 1.15.16 Reply
  16. Kate @ Green Fashionista wrote:

    Holy deliciousness! I may need to make these over the long weekend – YUM! <3
    Green Fashionista

    Posted 1.15.16 Reply
  17. Pinky wrote:

    This looks so amazingly delicious. I want one now.

    Posted 1.15.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thank-you! Have a great weekend!

      Posted 1.15.16 Reply
  18. Chrissa - Physical Kitchness wrote:

    ooh my gosh peanut butter and chocolate are like a match made in heaven! These look so good and so easy!

    Posted 1.15.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      They are super simple and delicious! Thanks for stopping by!

      Posted 1.15.16 Reply
  19. Rebecca Jo wrote:

    Oh my gosh… all the PB… I could devour that

    Posted 1.15.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      They are delicious! Have a great day!

      Posted 1.15.16 Reply
  20. Pamela @ A Little Glitter wrote:

    Those look delicious! I am so sick of seeing all the New Years diet stuff. This is like a breathe of fresh air! I plan to make these with my daughter. She is ten and just got into cooking and I think she could manage to make these! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend!

    Posted 1.15.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thank-you! These would be great for her to help make, as it only requires a few ingredients. Hope you all enjoy them 🙂

      Posted 1.15.16 Reply
  21. SMD @ Life According to Steph wrote:

    Oh, come to mama. These look awesome. I’m going to pin them.

    Posted 1.15.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thank-you! They taste even better 🙂

      Posted 1.15.16 Reply
  22. Trish R wrote:

    Oh yum!! Two of my favorite flavors together. I am off to pin this recipe right now. Want to try this soon.

    Posted 1.15.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Mine too, Trish! Thanks so much & enjoy!

      Posted 1.15.16 Reply
  23. Julia wrote:

    These look so amazing I want to make them right now… even though it’s only 10AM haha. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!

    Posted 1.15.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thank-you! I think they’d be acceptable for brunch 🙂 Have a great weekend!

      Posted 1.15.16 Reply
  24. Leslie wrote:

    These look amazing!!

    Posted 1.15.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thank-you! Super easy dessert to make for the weekend 🙂

      Posted 1.15.16 Reply
  25. Jennifer wrote:

    Um I will most certainly be trying this! Chocolate and peanut butter…my favorite combo!

    Posted 1.15.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      They are delicious! Have a great weekend!

      Posted 1.15.16 Reply
  26. Andrea Nine wrote:

    Hello yumminess!!! These look so good, but i would have to hide a few for me as my hubs and boys would eat them so stinking fast, lol!!! I hope your weekend is as wonderful as you are!!

    Posted 1.15.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Haha, that happens around here a lot too with my husband. Have a great weekend!

      Posted 1.15.16 Reply
  27. Greta wrote:

    Yes please! It’s my husband’s birthday next week and I think we would love these!

    Posted 1.15.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      They are super easy to make and of course delicious 🙂

      Posted 1.15.16 Reply
  28. Meghan wrote:

    Yum! This recipe is making me want to skip breakfast and head right for dessert. Thanks for sharing, I hope you have a great weekend!

    Posted 1.15.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks! It has peanut butter in it which is protein so maybe it’s acceptable for breakfast 😉 & You too!

      Posted 1.15.16 Reply
  29. Lindsay wrote:

    I am literally drooling on my computer right now! Oh my, this looks heavenly. Also, I can’t help but smile so much when I see the Peter Pan peanut butter; it makes me nostalgic because that’s what my mom bought growing up. Thanks for the great recipe -can’t wait to make.

    Posted 1.15.16 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thank-you! Haha we love Peter Pan! 🙂

      Posted 1.15.16 Reply