Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars with Sweetened Condensed Milk

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars are an easy, last minute holiday cookie bar to make.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars are an easy, last minute holiday cookie bar to make.

Today is Christmas Eve and depending on how organized you were this holiday season, you may still want to bake some holiday cookies! I didn’t get a lot of time this season for Christmas baking since we moved on December 1st and much of the first week of December was spent unpacking and organizing. Hopefully, your holidays have gone much smoother than mine! Because there is not much time before Christmas – approximately 10 hours to be precise lol – it’s best to choose a bar cookie recipe, which is easy to prepare. This Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars recipe checks off all the boxes: delicious; easy; and popular. Of course, you won’t even attempt these if your child has a peanut allergy! If that is the case, you might want to check out these other popular bar cookie recipes for Christmas.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day will be celebrated quite differently this year due to the rising Omicron case numbers in Ontario. My brother is coming over later this afternoon to exchange gifts and enjoy some festive appetizers. On Christmas Day, my mother and I will go to my brother’s place for the afternoon and then we’ll go to my sister’s on Boxing Day, which is an annual tradition. How will you be spending Christmas this year?

 

Sweetened condensed milk is the secret ingredient of these holiday bar cookies.
Sweetened condensed milk is the secret ingredient of these holiday bar cookies.



Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar Recipe

These Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars are made with sweetened condensed milk. They are delicious and easy to make for a last minute holiday bar cookie.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Canadian

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar regular sugar, not icing sugar
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 package (7 oz.) sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

Instructions
 

  • Combine flour, sugar, baking cocoa, brown sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Cut in butter until crumbly. Beat in eggs. Spread in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan.
  • Bake at 350° for 8 minutes. Sprinkle coconut over crust; drizzle with milk. Bake 20-25 minutes longer or until lightly browned.
  • Melt chocolate chips and peanut butter in a microwave; stir until smooth. Spread chocolate peanut butter mixture over brownies. Cool on wire rack. Cut into bars.
Keyword bar cookie, bars, chocolate, Christmas, cookies, holiday, peanut butter

I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas Eve and that you have most of your holiday to-do list done. Let me know in the comment section if you decide to make my Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars recipe. Merry Christmas everyone!

These are one of the cookie bars I was able to make this year.
These are one of the cookie bars I was able to make this year.