Chocolate Peanut Butter 5-Layer Bars Recipe

Drool worthy Chocolate Peanut Butter 5-Layer Bars recipeChocolate and Peanut Butter 5 Layer Bars Recipe

As you probably already know, there are about 3 billion versions of the Chocolate Peanut Butter Five-Layer Bars recipe, not including the “7-Layer Bars” recipe category! It’s also easy to substitute one type of ingredient for another, depending on your tastes, and how experimental you want to be. Recipes such as this are great for the holidays, easy to assemble, and fun for children to help measure and add the ingredients . . . especially the chocolate chips.聽First of all, make yourself a good cup of coffee!


Graham crackers (enough to cover the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.
1 stick salted butter (melted)
1/2 Cup pecans (chopped)
1 Cup peanut butter chips
1 Cup chocolate chips (I use Ghirardelli 60% cacao聽bittersweet chips, but semi-sweet chips work too!)
1 Cup shredded coconut
1 can (14oz) of sweetened condensed milk

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Lay graham crackers in a single layer, covering the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.聽You will likely need to break some of the crackers into smaller pieces to cover all of the bottom. Pour the melted butter evenly over the graham crackers so that all the crackers have been “buttered.”

I’m sure there are violent opinions on the order of these next steps, but I like to first cover the buttered graham crackers with the chopped pecans, then the shredded coconut, the peanut butter chips, and finally the chocolate chips. Over all of this pour the sweetened condensed milk.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. The tops of the Chocolate Peanut Butter Five-Layer Bars should be browning slightly by then, do not over-bake! Remove from the oven, and cool to room temperature.

What I love about this recipe is that with the Ghirardelli 60% cacao聽bittersweet chips and the peanut butter chips, the bars are not too sweet, but balance well with the sweetened condensed milk. Here’s some fun history about the classic peanut butter & chocolate combination! Enough talk! Cut into squares and take a bite!

5 Layer Bar Close Up!


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Chocolate Peanut Butter 5-Layer Bars Recipe — 27 Comments

  1. There is nothing better than chocolate and peanut butter together in a delicious…but sinful…snack!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!!
    • Hi Kristin,

      You reminded me of a comical song I heard called “It’s Just A Cookie” (so go ahead and have one).


  2. wow I think I just died and went to heaven.
    my husband and son’s favorite thing in LIFE is peanu butter, so I gotta figure out how to make this for them!
    • Hi Stephanie,

      I’m going to have to make these myself! This recipe and the up close and personal photo comes from our own Christopher Taylor.


  3. omg yum— 馃檪

    other then the peanut butter count me in!!! but my kids and my husband are HUGE peanut butter fans!!!


    • You might have to make 2 different batches! Ha! It’s the same thing in our family, everyone has their favorites.
  4. I’m so happy that we have a “fan base” for Chocolate Peanut Butter Five-Layer Bars! They are truly easy to make, and of course the peanut butter/chocolate combination is a classic. The National Peanut Board (who knew?) has a great history page that tells you all about it. See added link above. I’ll post a couple more photos so that we can all REVEL in this family favorite!
    • Yes, I have to say, they ARE soooo good! Especially if you get to have some while still warm from the oven….
  5. You can’t go wrong when you combine chocolate and peanut butter. Kids complain about a lot, but they won’t complain about that.

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