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

Chocolate Peanut Butter Dream Bars


  • 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


  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.

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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A deliciously creamy lemon filling sandwiched between a walnut layer and Cool Whip. A refreshing treat!

I give you BIG baking hugs and muffins!!


      • Lynne says

        Tosh, that’s what I do in most of my posts, talk about life. 😉
        Thanks for being here even if you need to scroll!

        • 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


          • 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.

        • Ruth says

          A road trip is NOT a road trip unless you have some car/trailer malfunction or a wrong turn somewhere, to make it interesting. We could write a book about various incidents over the years, but I don’t have that kind of time. So memories will have to suffice.

          • Lynne says

            Amen to that, Ruth!
            Oh, no! Yes, hold on to those memories. They make for great stories in the future!

    • 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).

        • Kaylee says

          For the nutter butters do you take out the filling? Or leave it in when you crush them? It doesn’t specify

          • Lynne says

            Kaylee, leave the filling in the cookies when you crush them – too much work to take them out.

    • Lynne says

      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

          Judy, you can receive all my posts in your email if you sign up on for it in the right hand side bar of the blog. There is also a search bar where you can type in desserts and a dessert category in my recipe index up in the menu bar. 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

      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!!

    • Laurel Longoria says

      I think you might be able to use fresh squeezed lemon juice or the concentrated lemon juice that comes in a tall green plastic bottle also. And this recipe make me want to make this for my family this holiday season! It also makes me want lemon meringue pie! That’s what it looks like.

      • Lynne says

        Laurel, I wouldn’t want to use any type of lemon juice in these Chocolate Peanut Butter Dream Bars though. I don’t think it would taste very good. :-/
        I think you might have meant to post this comment under either the lemon bars or lemon meringue pie. They’re all delicious though!

    • Lynne says

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  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

      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.

        • Janet says

          Try Dream Whip – It is a powder that comes in a box (I think two envelopes per box) you mix it with I think milk – it’s really good but not sure about the ingredients

  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

      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

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

  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

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    • 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

      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

      Please know, Jenny, that I have not made these bars without substituting any of the ingredients, so I have no idea what the final product would taste like or the consistency, but according to Allrecipes, these are common ingredient substitutions:
      You can scroll down to find the cream cheese substitution. If you make them, I’d be interested to know how they turn out!

    • 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. Marcy says

    I am diabetic, but this looks and sounds so good that I’m doing to try to make it a little more diabetic friendly! I love the combo and so dose my huby to be, he loves stuff like this so I’ll know it’s good when he trys my version! Thank you for posting this and I’m going to have fun converting it to be more low crab!! :

  12. Tami says

    Do you really mean a 13.9 oz package of chocolate pudding? The small ones are 3.4 and the big ones are 5.9….help!! (of course, I’m making these RIGHT NOW…haha….

    Hopefully they’ll be delicious even if my ratio is off…

    Thanks! Tami

    • Lynne says

      Tami, there is a couple spaces between the 1 and the 3, but it’s not that obvious. it is ONE 3.9 package of chocolate pudding (or the smaller box).

  13. 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

    • Lynne says

      Shelby, I wouldn’t put it in the freezer to cool because the Cool Whip will harden. You can let it set for an hour in the fridge and that should be ok.

  14. Edith says

    This looks great but I must point out I’m in the process of making this and I was greatly confused because your actual recipe calls for a “13.9” oz pudding with 1 1/2 cups of milk not “3.9” and it didn’t look right. May need an edit. Thanks for the recipe.

  15. Jane E Sands says

    Please add my name to your E-mail list for receiving recipes. While I have a serious intolerance to to dairy products, including eggs, I am finding other substitutes which can be used and work wonderfully. More often than not whipping up full fat coconut cream makes a great substitute for Cool Whip or other whipping creams. There are also products on the market for sour cream and cream cheese that are non-dairy.

    • Lynne says

      That’s a great idea to use the coconut cream, Jane! I’ve heard from other bloggers that it’s really tasty.
      I have not added your name to my email list because I wasn’t sure if you had done it already and weren’t sure if you’d start receiving it twice. I can do that though if you’d like me to or there is a box under my profile picture on my home page where it says Email Newletter and you can add your address.
      Thank you!

  16. Marilyn says

    Does this dish have to sit for two hours exactly, or can I shorten the time?
    I’m making this after work, and I’d like to eat it before bed!


    • Lynne says

      Marilyn, sorry for the delayed response. You’ve probably already made them and they don’t have to sit for tow, but I’d give them an hour at least.

  17. Maggie says

    My husband is not a big cake fan, but he loves chocolate and peanut butter. His big 5-0 birthday is Monday, so I think I’ll make this instead of a cake! With six people in the house, (him, me, and kids who are 14, 18, 18, and 21), I may have to double this recipe and make in a larger pan!
    Thanks for the recipe and inspiration! (And the extra inch that will be on my waist! Lol)

    • Lynne says

      Sorry Terrie, that I didn’t respond sooner. I don’t recommend making them in advance as the crust will more than likely become soggy and the Cool Whip could change.

      • Kathleen says

        SO GLAD I scrolled through the comments! I was going to make this today for my softball team’s party on Saturday!!!
        Will hold off and make it Friday evening or early Saturday morning!!

        Quick question though… Do I separate cookie and its filling or just put the whole cookie in the processor??

        • Lynne says

          Thanks, Kathleen!
          There’s no need to take the extra time to separate the cookies, just throw them whole into the food processor. Enjoy it! :-)

  18. Cera says

    I’m trying to prepare some dinners and desserts to freeze for when our new babe is born. Would this freeze well and defrost in the fridge before serving?
    I already have the cool whip stored in the freezer, just not sure about freezing pudding and stuff if it will defrost ok when we are ready to eat.
    Also looking to make the other dream bars possibly to freeze. Is that something you could ad to your recipe instructions possibly?
    Thank you :)

    • Lynne says

      Cera, first of all, congratulations!! Prayers and positive thoughts for a safe delivery and healthy baby if your bundle of joy hasn’t arrived yet!
      My suggestion would not be to make the bars and then freeze them because once the Cool Whip is thawed and then sits for a few days or is even frozen the consistency changes and it won’t taste right. The same will happen with the pudding. Best to eat these things right away (or as soon as possible after making them)!
      If you want to freeze any kind of bars, I would suggest some bar type cookies. They hold up well when frozen. Good luck!

  19. LaurieAnne says

    I’m in Arizona and made the chocolate peanut butter dream bars today. Followed ingredient list and directions exactly. bar. It’s more of a pudding dessert. Tastes delicious, but I was hoping for bars that I could cut and serve at a potluck picnic this weekend.

    • Lynne says

      Yes, LaurieAnne, they do have the pudding, but I found they held together pretty well because they’re pretty dense. They aren’t your typical bar cookie, but everyone loves them just as much!

  20. Scot Ryan says

    Yum! I have an 11 year old that likes to make deserts with dad. We often look for choc. and peanut butter combos. Going to do this and add a little xtra peanut butter. Thanks for the story too. Family is most important.


    • Lynne says

      Oh, Scot, that’s so awesome to hear. Thanks for sharing. I hope you all enjoy it!! Have a great time making it together!!

  21. Lesley says

    Looks so yummy …..could you please tell me what is “cool whip” and is it found in the refrigerated area? Cannot wait to try.

    • Lynne says

      Thank you, Lesley!
      it’s actually found in the freezer section near the frozen pie shells and pastry.
      It is a dairy whip topping.

  22. Sandy says

    For the Chocolate Peanut Butter Dream Bars; do you know what can be substituted for the cream cheese and still taste yummy?

  23. Brenda Carter says

    Which box of pudding mix do you use? The large box is 2.1oz and the small is 1.4. Recipe calls for 3.9 size box Would you just use one of each? I want to make these for a party this weekend.

    • Lynne says

      you won’t find any diabetic dessert friendly recipes here, but I know there are quite a few blogs that do have them. I’d recommend a Google search.

    • Lynne says

      Rachel, you most certainly could! That’s the great thing about recipes, they can be changed and adapted to what you have on hand and different tastes. Go for it, girl!

  24. scott says

    being recently divorced, ive rediscovered the old chef in me. my kids love it. and those bars look incredible. so do the oreo cookie bars. i will be making these for sure!!!

    • Lynne says

      Scott, I’m sorry about your divorce, but thrilled for you that you’ve opened up a a new door in the kitchen! You’ll score big points with the kids when you do! Enjoy!

  25. Jodi says

    OMG! I made this Saturday night…my family is in love! This recipe is definitely a keeper!! Thanks for sharing.

  26. Natasha says

    I made these today, with some substitutions. I used Neufchatel cheese in place of cream cheese, Smart Balance in place of butter, and sugar-free instant pudding. I also left out the chocolate and peanut butter chips as I don’t like the hard chips in my desserts.

    I always buy the cheaper brand pudding mix instead of Jell-O. They come in 1.7 ounce packages. I was doubling the recipe, so I used 4 1/2 boxes and 3 cups of milk. I’m not sure if it was b/c it was a different brand or what, but my pudding was a gelatinous gross mess…I had to toss it out. I make a similar dessert that we call “fat man’s delight” so I used the pudding directions from it instead, using 2 1.7 ounce packages of instant pudding and 3 cups milk. Perfect!

    Also, I’ve found that I have yet to find a chocolate instant pudding that tastes great. They all tend to taste too fake and chemical-like to me. I ended up using vanilla and adding some unsweetened cocoa powder. I’ll never buy chocolate instant pudding again!

  27. Gayle King says

    Lynne: Can the Chocolate Peanut Butter Dream Bars be frozen? I just finished making them for my sweet Grandson’s 4th birthday party on July 4th. Hopefully I wasn’t too premature in making them :-( I just put them in the fridge and have the toppings mixed in a zip lock bag. If they can be frozen do you recommend putting the toppings on after they are thawed or before?

    By-the-way I had to taste each layer as I was making them and every taste was DELICIOUS!!!! I can only imagine how good they will be with all those decadent flavors together. YUMMY!!!!!!

    • Lynne says

      Gayle, sorry for my very delayed response. Thanks so much for your message!
      I hope the bars turned out ok and I think putting the toppings in a bag to put on later was a great idea. So glad you enjoyed the taste testing. 😉
      Hope your firecracker baby had a great birthday!

  28. Gayle King says

    Sorry Lynne:

    I forgot to leave my name on the above comment re freezing the cookies. It’s Gayle King (Oprah’s best friend — I wish) LOL

  29. Kait says

    Holy moly this was tasty! I liked how it wasn’t an overload of peanut butter taste, but a nice combo of peanut and chocolate flavors. Will definitely make this again!

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