Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

My husband has been whiny lately.

Apparently I haven’t been making enough chocolate and peanut butter treats for him? He feels like it’s all caramel, all the time around here.

I will admit to a slight obsession with caramel lately, but I’m not out of control or anything.

Seriously. I can stop at any time.

To prove it, I made these insane cake mix bars. They are bursting with chocolate and peanut butter. The filling is so gooey and rich. The crust is full of peanut butter. These totally taught my husband a lesson.

And that lesson? If you whine enough, I’ll give you what you want just to shut you up.

I maybe didn’t plan that so great.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars


1 package (18.25 ounces) plain yellow cake mix
1 cup peanut butter
8 tablespoons butter, melted
2 large eggs
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons vanilla


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a 13x9 baking dish with parchment paper.
Place the cake mix, peanut butter, melted butter and eggs in the bowl of your stand mixer and beat on low speed for 1 minute. Stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. The mixture will be thick. Reserve 1 1/2 cups for the topping. Transfer the remaining crust mixture to the pan. Using your fingertips, press the crust evenly over the bottom of the pan so that it reaches all sides. Set aside.
For the filling, place the chocolate chips, condensed milk, and 2 tablespoons butter in a medium pot over low heat. Stir and cook until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is well combined, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
Pour the chocolate mixture over the crust, and spread it evenly with the rubber spatula so that it reaches the sides of the pan. Using your fingertips, crumble the reserved crust and scatter it evenly over the chocolate.
Bake until the top crust is light brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes.
Cut into small pieces.
Store at room temperature for 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to one week.

adapted from The Cake Mix Doctor