Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Chewy and delicious these chocolate peanut butter brownies are absolutely amazing. Not only do they taste fabulous, they are also fast and easy to make. If I need an emergency dessert this is one of my go-to recipes. They are always a crowd pleaser.

The recipe is from Home Cooking The Costco Way, a free recipe book that Costco distributed a couple of years ago during their after Thanksgiving sale.

Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
Costco and Ghirardelli

1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 pouch Ghirardelli Triple Chocolate Brownie Mix*
1 cup peanuts, chopped (optional, I never add them)

14 oz (1 1/4 cup) sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup peanut butter

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9 x 13 baking pan. Mix together oil and eggs. Add brownie mix and nuts (if desired), stir until just combined. Press half of mixture into the pan.

In a separate bowl, mix together sweetened condensed milk and peanut butter until smooth. Spread over brownie mixture in the pan.

Drop spoonfuls of the remaining brownie mixture on top. Bake for 25-30 minutes** or until the top is set. Cool completely before cutting.

*I have only used the Ghirardelli mix (originally makes one 9 x 9 and uses 1/3 cup water, 1/3 cup vegetable oil, and 1 egg). However, I am sure you could use another brownie mix and have great results. I’ll have to give it a try sometime when I don’t have a Costco sized box of brownie mixes on hand).

**Mine took longer than 30 min to bake, but it might just be my oven.

Everybody needs a quick recipe to fall back on during the holiday season. I hope you enjoy these bars as much as I do. Can you believe we are already on Week 7 of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies & Sweets?! The holidays are just around the corner. Be sure to check out the rest of the cookies submitted today (and the past weeks) for great holiday ideas. You can save yourself some precious time during the busy season by baking now and freezing the goodies!!

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11 Responses to Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

  1. Those bars look super good and I love that they are “weeknight easy”. Pinned!

  2. These look wonderful! I’m always looking for stuff I can easily make on a weeknight–looks like this is it! Although we don’t have a Cosco (boo!), we do have Sam’s Club here, so I can probably find a super-sized box of brownie mix to get me through the season! :-)

  3. Chocolate and peanut butter…mmmm. Always a great combination! Ghirardelli’s boxed brownies are one of my faves, if I’m making boxed brownies. :)

  4. Yum! Peanut butter and chocolate..there’s no going wrong there!

  5. Oh my heavens! These look absolutely divine! I love peanut butter, and I am definitely going to have to make these!!!!!! :) You always make such incredible things and you take such great pictures!

  6. What a great way to change up the Ghirardelli brownie mix. I use that one all the time too.

  7. Yummy!!! I love peanut butter and chocolate in anything! :)

  8. Give me one of those. On second thought, give me the whole panful.

  9. I have been eyeing that brownie mix for a while now, so now I have a reason to get it. Yum!

  10. These make me happy just looking at them – chocolate, peanut butter bliss!

  11. Quick easy annnd peanut butter chocolate deliciousness? Sounds like a winner to me!

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