I think you should go get a big glass of milk. You’re gonna need it.
This peanut-butter-cookie-caramel-brownie-bar is R-I-D-C-U-L-O-U-S. I honestly didn’t have much doubt that this was going to be anything but rich, decadent and indulgent but in case you did, let me remove all those thoughts.
This bar recipe is so incredibly easy, I almost hesitated posting it. But with three layers and a smidgen of effort, I convinced myself it was share-worthy, especially after I ate one…and then three more. I’m going to the gym every.single.day this week…month.
This weekend I had the joy of babysitting my niece and nephew – and not just babysitting, but a SLEEPOVER! My brother-in-law was out of town for the weekend so I got time in with the kiddies and then with my sister when the little ones were snuggled in their beds. Time with Teta Lizza almost always involves some sort of baking and this turned out to be equal parts kid-helping-hand-friendly and o-m-g-delicious. Don’t worry, dinner was a less decadent meal of chicken and mixed greens. #goodexample
Peanut butter and chocolate is just one of those combinations I can’t get enough of. This brownie bar does not disappoint with a dense peanut butter cookie base and the rich, gooey and moist brownie top is everything you expect and hope it to be. Nestled in between, the caramels just ooze out making the two layers melt together in perfect harmony.
Because this recipe uses packaged mixes, it’s really up to you to use any brand/flavor of cookie and/or brownie you like for each. Try combining YOUR favourites and let me know how they turn out!
- 1 pkg of peanut butter cookie mix (I used Betty Crocker), PLUS ingredients according to package
- 1 box of brownie mix (I used Betty Crocker's "Chocolate Chunk"), PLUS ingredients according to box
- 1/2 cup caramel bits (I used Kraft caramels, quartered)
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Grease a 9x9” pan with cooking spray.
- Prepare peanut butter cookie mix according to directions. Press evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan (should be approx. 1/4" thick).
- Sprinkle with caramel bits.
- Prepare brownie mix according to package directions.
- Pour over caramel bits and spread carefully with a spatula.
- Bake for approx. 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean along the edge of the brownies. Allow to cool for 20-30 minutes in pan before eating.
- I recommend waiting even longer...if you can!
- Try swapping the peanut butter cookie mix for chocolate chip cookie mix!