Peanut Butter Nutella Cookie Bars

An easy way to enjoy cookies without all the work is to make them into bars.  These Peanut Butter Nutella Cookie Bars are an amazing mixture of flavors in one easy to hold treat.

Peanut Butter Nutella Cookie Bars - peanut butter cookie bars with a swirl of Nutella and Reese's pieces

Have you ever noticed that when you are watching what you are eating, the bad food seems to jump out even more.

Literally the other day I opened the cupboard and a bag of Reese’s Pieces fell out right in front of me.  Then I tried to reach in the cupboard behind everything and the peanut butter jar fell out too.  Now it could be because I keep trying to shove more baking supplies into a 1 foot by 3 foot cabinet with only 3 small shelves, OR it is karma for trying to resist the sweets all week long.   

Peanut Butter Nutella Cookie Bars

 With spring and summer coming at us at an alarming rate, I have definitely stepped up my exercise routine.  Booyah for finishing 6 days last week.  We will just not talk about the slice of pie the other day and the 3 cookies yesterday.

Although seriously we have been eating very healthy around here.  Salad, roasted veggies, grilled chicken…and it all has been delicious.  Did I really just type that?  Me the sugar fiend likes veggies.  It’s true…I prefer veggies over meat any day.  Of course, I really prefer brownies and cookies over everything…but that’s why the exercise is necessary.

Peanut Butter Nutella Cookie Bars - peanut butter cookie bars with a swirl of Nutella and Reese's pieces
Back to the falling baking supplies…

I’m pretty sure it is just because I have upped my work outs this week.  The sweets in my house are revolting against this new found exercise high.  Apparently the baking supplies want equal time with me.  So be it.   That jar of peanut butter and those Reese’ Pieces joined forces with some white chocolate and Nutella to make one fantabulous bar cookie.

Peanut Butter Nutella Cookie Bars

This cookie batter gets spread in a greased baking sheet, and more candy is added to the top.  It just makes the bars look prettier that way.  Warm Nutella is drizzled in a pattern over the top of the bars.  The dough is too thick to swirl it in, so we are leaving it on top of the dough.  Again prettier that way.

After the bars come out of the oven, do not touch them.  Let them set up.  The Nutella especially needs time to set back up.  It really will stay pretty soft even after cooling.  You will be able to store them on top of each other, but I recommend putting wax paper between the layers.  That is if you have any left to store for later.

Now I want to go open the cupboard again and see what else falls out in front of me.  It was kind of fun seeing what I could come up without a plan.  What would you make if you had Reese’s Pieces and peanut butter in front of you?

Peanut Butter Nutella Cookie Bars - peanut butter cookie bars with a swirl of Nutella and Reese's pieces

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Peanut Butter Nutella Cookie Bars

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 11 minutes

Yield: 32 cookie bars

Peanut Butter Nutella Cookie Bars

White chocolate, Reese' Pieces candies, and peanut butter cookie dough baked into a bar cookie with a Nutella pattern on top. It it an amazing combination of flavors, and they look so pretty.

Ingredients

3/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups flour
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup Reese's Pieces candies, divided
1/4 cup Nutella spread

Instructions

  1. Beat the butter, peanut butter, and sugars until creamy. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat again. Sift together the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add to the creamed mixture until thoroughly combined. Stir in the white chocolate chips and 3/4 cup Reese's Pieces.
  2. Spread the cookie dough into a greased 11x17 cookie sheet with sides. Press the extra Reese's candies into the top of the dough.
  3. Place the Nutella in microwave safe bowl and heat 15 - 20 seconds. Stir and spoon into a plastic baggie with one corner cut off. Drizzle the Nutella over the top of the dough in a grid pattern. Bake at 350 degrees for 11-12 minutes. Do not over bake. Remove from the oven and let cool completely before cutting. Cut into 32 small cookie bars. Store in a sealed container in a single row. If you stack, place wax paper between the rows.
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Comments

  1. kentuckylady717 says

    These do look good….you are trying to get us all FAT :) I am a sucker for sweets…..I’d rather have
    a Hershey bar than a steak :)……….hmmmmmmmmmmmm think I will go get one out of the cupboard….I just bought (4) of the large of Hershey bars a couple of wks ago, they were on sale for .49 each…. and still have 2 left :)
    Do you think the Hershey spread would work in the peanut butter bars ? I had a dollar off on one
    the other day and purchased it instead of the Nutella…..

  2. says

    Those look delish! Yesterday was the first day in over a month that I worked out and it felt so so good! I can’t wait to get back at it again later today! But I firmly believe in not depriving yourself and I generally don’t beat myself up for my weekend indulgences as long as I watching what I ear during the week.
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  3. Morgan says

    These look absolutely amazing. I love to bake and these are a definite. Can’t wait to try them. Thank you for all the amazing recipes.

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