Chocolate Peanut Butter Dream Bars for Yummy Snacks

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Dream Bars – crushed peanut butter sandwich cookies, topped with chocolate pudding, a fluffy layer of cream cheese and peanut butter, and finished off with Cool Whip. Jell-O Pudding Mix and Cool Whip are ready to help you make delicious recipes and yummy snacks!

Chocolate and peanut butter…

It’s a marriage made in heaven.
Some things were just meant to go together, like Abbott & Costello, spaghetti & meatballs, Kim & Kanye (ok, maybe not that one).
Chocolate and peanut butter.

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Just the thought of those two incredible flavors makes me swoon!

I was off to our local Walmart store last week to help our oldest and youngest find items they’d need for their upcoming road trip out to Arizona and while we were there, I found the Jell-O Chocolate Pudding and Cool Whip that I needed to make this incredibly delicious dessert. #AddCoolWhip #CollectiveBias
And now while supplies last, you can get a $1 off coupon so that you can make it, too Go here for your coupon!

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Our daughter is moving to the northern part of the state and our son is moving back to Phoenix where he’ll live with his best friend’s family until Mr. 365 and I move out there in November.

Yes, another move across the country for this family. This one being our third.
We resided in Phoenix for 11 years before we decided to move back to New England and experience the mountains of New Hampshire.
We’d lived near the water, in the desert and decided it was time to experience mountain living.
Well, not the Grizzly-Adams-living-off-the-land-kind-of-mountain-living, but mountain living none the less. Had the Mr. had his way, we would have done that. But I’m just not there and not sure if I ever will be. Give me running water, people to socialize with and a few major amenities and I’m a happy camper.

Recently, our son expressed interest in focusing on golf and returning to his old high school which became the impetus for our decision.

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So, anywho, the two of them planned their trip, packed up their gear and set off on their excursion early yesterday morning.
I’ve said goodbye to my children before for extended amounts of time as our daughters went off to college, but yesterday was different.
As the car pulled away, I experienced a whole mess of emotions – sadness, excitement, nervousness, pride, and a whole bunch of anxiety.
And my baby boy, albeit my 17 year old baby boy, off to explore the country with his oldest sister.
Yes, this momma knew that for the next 3 nights or so that sleep would not come easily, and I was right as last night turned into the wee hours of this morning.
Finally after some wrong turns, getting lost by way of Massachusetts and Canada (don’t ask), some minor car trouble and all of this consequently adding a few extra hours on to their  trip, they arrived safely at their hotel in Ohio -  thanks largely in part to their extremely patient and calming father who acted as their GPS.

Mom definitely needed these Chocolate Peanut Butter Dream Bars once I knew the kids were settled.
They helped to take the “edge” off and at least settle me down before I was able to catch a few hours sleep.
Had they known I’d made this, I’m sure they would have welcomed the chance to dive face first into it after the day they’d had!

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New adventures and lots of excitement. I’m happy for them and know this will be a trip they’ll remember for a lifetime as they’ve already created some very interesting memories because of it.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Dream Bars

Yield: makes one 8 X 8-inch dish

Ingredients

  • 1 16 ounce package peanut butter sandwich cookies, divided
  • 4 tablespoons butter (1/2 stick) butter, melted
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 8-ounce container Cool Whip, divided
  • 1 3.9 ounce package instant chocolate Jello-O Pudding Mix
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate & peanut butter chips OR 1/4 cup milk chocolate chips + 1/4 peanut butter chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a blender or food processor, finely crush 24 of the cookies.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together the melted butter and finely crushed cookies until well moistened.
  4. Press into an ungreased 8 X 8-inch baking dish.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes.
  6. Allow crust to cool completely before proceeding.
  7. In the meantime, mix the package of pudding with the 1 1/2 cups of milk in a small bowl.
  8. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, and peanut butter together.
  9. Fold in 1 cup of the Cool Whip and mix until well blended.
  10. Spread the chocolate pudding over the cooled crust.
  11. Place dollops of cream cheese mixture over the pudding layer and with an offset spatula, gently spread to completely cover.
  12. Spread remaining Cool Whip over the cream cheese.
  13. Refrigerate two hours.
  14. In a plastic bag, break up the 8 remaining cookies.
  15. Sprinkle the cookies and chocolate / peanut butter chips over the top just before serving.
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I rate everything I make on a scale of 1 – 4 with 4 being the best and these Chocolate Peanut Butter Dream Bars 4 rolling pins.
It is Oh. My. Goodness. G-O-O-D!!!
Of course, the peanut butter and chocolate pudding compliment each other quite nicely and the Cool Whip adds a great creamy lightness to it.
You can bet I’ll be making this again. It will probably be one of the first things the kids ask for when I see them in Arizona come November.

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Comments

        • Angela says

          Lynne, I feel your pain. I am excited to make this Chocolate peanut better special. good luck, hope the kids made it safe. Take care

          Angela

          • Lynne says

            Thank you so much, Angela!
            It’s certainly not easy being a mom, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything! And yes, they are well settled now and doing well in their new homes. I can’t wait to see them both at the end of October.

    • Angie says

      Not sure if this website is name brand unfriendly….PB sandwich cookies are N_U_T_T_E_R B_U_T_T_E_R’s usually a red package in the cookie aisle (YUM!)

      • Lynne says

        Yes, Jamie, Angie is correct – they are Nutter Butter Cookies. For this specific post, I just couldn’t use the brand name.
        Thanks for your help, Angie!

    • Melissa Foultz says

      It looks like the picture shows they used Nutter Butter sandwich cookies. But other brands make peanutbutter sandwich cookies as well. I guess you can use whatever brand you prefer. Just look for a cookie that has a layer of peanutbutter in between two cookies (layered like an Oreo cookie).

    • Lynne says

      James,
      you can sign up for my E-mail Newsletter in my right hand sidebar. All you have to do is enter your e-mail and future posts will be sent directly to you! Thanks!

  1. Allison says

    Quick question – “1/2 cup milk chocolate and peanut butter chips” – is that a half cup each? Or half cup total (1/4 cup each)?

    • Lynne says

      Allison,
      it would be 1/4 cup milk chocolate and 1/4 cup peanut butter chips for a total of 1/2 cup.
      The Nestle Toll House Morsel package I used had them mixed together, but you can use separate chips if you can’t find that one package of the combined.

  2. Biruta Walton says

    What could I add to the lemon pudding to make it more lemony? I used it before and I am not impressed with its taste. Your bars look really good!!

    • Lynne says

      Christine,
      you can sign up for my E-mail Newsletter in my right hand sidebar. All you have to do is enter your e-mail and future posts will be sent directly to you! Thanks!

    • Lynne says

      Cathy,
      you can sign up for my E-mail Newsletter in my right hand sidebar. All you have to do is enter your e-mail and future posts will be sent directly to you! Thanks!

  3. Bob says

    For the Chocolate Peanut Butter Dream Bars? Is the chocolate pudding mix prepared as per package instructions or do you just spread the mix powder in the pan and magic occurs?

    Other than that clarification it does look decadent.

    • Lynne says

      Bob,
      you have to mix the pudding mix powder with the one and a half cups of milk I have directed in the recipe in a bowl and then spread it onto the bars.

      • Nancy Hanson says

        Is thete any substitute for the cool whip? Never use that product, really bad ingredients. The recipe looks great. Would love to find s better substitute. Enjoyed your post. I have two young adult children who sre pursuing their goals far from home. My son in Vancouver Washington would be eating the whole batch. We call him the peanut butter kid!

        • Lynne says

          Thank you, Nancy!
          I know many people have concerns about Cool Whip. You can try making a whipped cream from scratch, but since I haven’t made the recipe with it, I’m not sure how it would turn out. If you try it, can you please let me know?
          It’s not easy to be far from our kids, but it makes it that much more special when we do see them again.

  4. Adriahna says

    It’s probably a silly question, but I was buying the ingredients at the store and I could not find a 3.9 ounce package of pudding. They had 1.4 ounces or 2.1 ounce. Do I use more than one box?

    • Lynne says

      Adriahna,
      if you can’t find a 3.9 ounce box of chocolate pudding, I’d purchase one 1.4 package and one 2.1 package to get it as close as possible to the 3.9 and then use 1 1/4 cups milk instead of the 1 1/2 amount called for in the recipe.

  5. Rachelle cyr says

    Hey! This dessert looks amazing and the guy I’m seeing is demanding I make it! Which peanut butter sandwich cookies did you use in your recipe. Can you please give me a brand name! Thanks! Have a wonderful day!!

    • Lynne says

      Rachelle,
      thanks! The cookies were Nutter Butters. For posting purposes I just couldn’t use the specific name.
      Enjoy!

  6. Paula Baxter says

    I’m a Weight Watchers member but think I can lighten these up by using fat free cool whip, fat free milk fat free cream cheese. Sounds so delicious that I’m going to make them.

  7. Chelle Greene says

    Ok so I’m a dumb butt. I was thinking 13.9 oz pudding was a heck of a lot of pudding. I bought three 5 oz. packages to get close. I can’t wait to try it. I’m glad my son likes chocolate pudding!

    • Lynne says

      ShaRee, Sorry for the lateness in my reply.
      I didn’t set the pudding before I added spread it. I used less milk than the box of pudding called for which therefore made it a bit thicker in consistency and didn’t need setting. Hope that helps, ShaRee!

    • Lynne says

      Connie,
      I don’t have a recipe book , but you can sign up for my E-mail Newsletter in my right hand sidebar. All you have to do is enter your e-mail and future posts will be sent directly to you! Thanks!

    • Lynne says

      Yes, Pearl, it is instant pudding.
      You can sign up for my E-mail Newsletter in my right hand sidebar. All you have to do is enter your e-mail and future posts will be sent directly to you! Thanks!

  8. Kimberly says

    Just got caught licking my phone screen. In an attempt to explain, showed the picture to my kids. Phone must now need to be disinfected. Nomnomnom

  9. Kat says

    I think you need to change your blog idea, these desserts are not really baking but assembling pre made stuff. Nice idea to make something everyday though.

    • Lynne says

      Kat,
      I originally started the blog by baking every day, and now I’ve included the “More” to include recipes such as these.
      It’s a challenge to bake every day! ;-)

    • Lynne says

      Yes, Lisa. I would say go for it!! I know people are telling me on my FB page that they already have done this and it’s worked.
      Enjoy them!

  10. Gloria Poole says

    Can’t wait to try this recipe. Will probably make for a group of 40+ People.
    Really looks easy to make.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Lynne says

      You’re welcome, Gloria!
      It is pretty easy to make and everyone in my family loved it, so I think it will be a hit for you as well!
      Enjoy and thank you!

  11. Jillian says

    Does this sit well over night? I want to make this for a party I’m having tomorrow but would like to make it tonight since I’m going to be so busy tomorrow

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