Crazy for Crust

90
Aug 20

Caramel Brownie Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

These Caramel Brownie Peanut Butter Cookie Bars are pure comfort food!

Caramel Brownie Peanut Butter Cookie Bars | crazyforcrust.com | The ultimate comfort food! #brownie #cookie #caramel

Third Grade. The year I cut my hair short, which I’ve regretted ever since.

The year I got my first crush. His name was Brandon and I loooooooved him.

Mrs. McCarthy was my teacher. I learned cursive and how to add and subtract four digit numbers.

We played lots of tag. Freeze tag, line tag, team tag. Melting candlestick in the witches corner tag (or something like that we made up).

it was the first time (of many) that I was “phased out” of a group of girls.

It was the year I got braces…the first time.

Third grade is the first grade I really remember. Sure, I have glimpses of second grade: my teacher, sitting next to my BFF at our shared cubby desk. First grade…the teacher is fuzzy. All I remember of Kindergarten is playing statues on the carpet.

But Third Grade? That I remember.

And it’s going to be what Jordan remembers too. Starting today.

Excuse me while I go cry myself into a puddle over a plate of Brownie Caramel Peanut Butter Cookie Bars.

Hey, I deserve comfort today. As do all you moms who just sent your kids off to school.

Raise a glass of milk, and cheers to comfort bars.

Caramel Brownie Peanut Butter Cookie Bars | crazyforcrust.com | The ultimate comfort food! #brownie #cookie #caramel

These bars are seriously comforting. A few weeks ago when I had the week that just wouldn’t end, I made these bars on a whim at the end of a very long, tearful day. I saw leftover Pillsbury peanut butter cookie dough in the refrigerator and I came across a small pouch of brownie mix in my pantry. When reaching for the brownie mix, the caramel bits fell on my head, and boom.

Comfort was born.

These came together in minutes, were in the oven and being eaten in under an hour. I liked them best warm and gooey. But the next day (or the next…or the one after that) they’re good cold. Or heated in the microwave.

These are the perfect comfort dessert.

Caramel Brownie Peanut Butter Cookie Bars | crazyforcrust.com | The ultimate comfort food! #brownie #cookie #caramel

I used peanut butter cookie dough because it was what I had. You could use chocolate chip or sugar, or whatever sounds good. I used a small pouch of brownie mix (made for an 8×8 pan) but you can use a regular sized box. See my notes in the recipe for instructions.

Don’t have caramel bits? That’s okay. Use M&Ms. Or chocolate chips…or whatever you like. I grabbed what I had on hand, and man, they did their job. I certainly felt better after a few of these.

Caramel Brownie Peanut Butter Cookie Bars | crazyforcrust.com | The ultimate comfort food! #brownie #cookie #caramel

And I think I may need them again today. Third grade. How does that even happen?

#pleasefathertime #slowtheheckdown

Brownie Caramel Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

Brownie Caramel Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

Ingredients

  • 1/2 roll refrigerated peanut butter cookie dough (I used Pillsbury; use whatever brand or flavor you like-it doesn’t have to be peanut butter!)
  • 1 small brownie mix pouch (made for an 8x8 pan) plus water, eggs, and oil called for to make the brownies
  • 1/2 cup caramel bits (Kraft brand, you can find them in the baking section)
  • If you only have a 9x13 pan brownie mix, see note.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x9” pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Slice cookie dough roll into 1/4” thick slices. Press evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan. Sprinkle with caramel bits.
  3. Mix brownie mix according to package directions. Pour over caramel bits and spread carefully with a spatula.
  4. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean along the edge of the brownies. You can eat these after they’ve cooled about 15 minutes in pan, but they won’t cut easily unless they’ve completely cooled.

Notes

You can make this with a 9x13” pan sized box of brownies. Use the whole roll of cookie dough and 1 cup of caramel bits and use a 9x13” size pan. Baking time might be affected.

Schema/Recipe SEO Data Markup by ZipList Recipe Plugin
http://www.crazyforcrust.com/2013/08/caramel-brownie-peanut-butter-cookie-bars/

Other brownie goodness:

Mocha Brownies with a Crust

mocha-brownies (5 of 8)

Vegan Brownies

Vegan Brownies

Sweets from friends:
Chocolate Fudge Brownies with Butterfinger Frosting by Sweet Treats and More
Dark Chocolate Brownie Brittle by Heather’s French Press
Fudgy Chocolate Chunk Brownies by Something Swanky

signature

 Subscribe via email and have sugar delivered straight to your inbox!

This post may be linked to: Chef in TrainingLil’ LunaBuns In My OvenChic-and-CraftyI’m Lovin’ it FridaysStrut your Stuff Saturday, Weekend PotluckWeekend Wrap Up PartySundae Scoop Link Partyand all of these too!

    Pin It

90 Responses to “Caramel Brownie Peanut Butter Cookie Bars”

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on August 20, 2013 at 2:11 am (#)

    Your story-telling is fabulous in this post. I can’t believe school has started already for some kids. Mine has 3 more weeks yet of summer vacay (and I swear if a President had a hangnail, the school takes off for some President with a hangnail holiday) but I digress.

    These bars. EPIC. Cookie dough, brownies, caramel bits (always have them on hand). They’re so soft and gooey and dense. My perfect bar. Pinned!

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 20th, 2013 at 7:11 pm

      We actually started late this year. We were all so ready!! And thanks Averie!

      Reply

  2. ThisBakerGirlBlogs posted on August 20, 2013 at 2:37 am (#)

    These bars are just the thing I need today! They look so gooey and delicious. Yum! :D

    Reply

  3. Jamie @lifelovelemons posted on August 20, 2013 at 3:19 am (#)

    All my favorite things in one brownie! Sounds good to me!!!

    Reply

  4. Madison posted on August 20, 2013 at 4:14 am (#)

    Those 5 words are beautiful: Caramel. Brownie. Peanut-Butter. Cookie. Bars. I didn’t know if peanut butter is considered one word because it is grouped together. :) Anyway, these look amazing and gooey–just the way I love my brownies.

    Reply

  5. Rachel Cooks posted on August 20, 2013 at 4:17 am (#)

    These look unbelievably rich and delicious!

    Reply

  6. Tieghan posted on August 20, 2013 at 5:13 am (#)

    Love your story for this post! I too really remember 3rd grade and yes, it is crazy how time is flying by!!

    I love the comforting bars and how easy they are! Easy and delicious and comforting are ALWAYS a good combo!

    Reply

  7. Rachel Cotterill posted on August 20, 2013 at 5:18 am (#)

    I’m allowed the brownies, even though I don’t have kids, though, right? Right…? ;)

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 20th, 2013 at 7:09 pm

      Yes! Perfect for a bad day too. :)

      Reply

  8. Emily @ Life on Food posted on August 20, 2013 at 5:20 am (#)

    I am loving that ooey gooey photo! These are my every day work treat.

    Reply

  9. Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie posted on August 20, 2013 at 5:57 am (#)

    This is such a sweet post – in sentiment and treats! I hope Jordan has a wonderfully memorable school year! :) These bars look so moist and fudgy – I want to reach through the computer and grab one!

    Reply

  10. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted on August 20, 2013 at 6:12 am (#)

    You DO deserve comfort! 3rd grade was the year the popular group formed at my school, and I remember it was like a real formation. Like “No you can’t be in the popular group because you have a Barbie lunchbox and those are for babies” harumph.

    Maybe I could use some comfort too. In the form of these brownies because they look so moist and gooey and full of YUM!!

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 20th, 2013 at 7:08 pm

      Yeah. I’m so worried about that! It started then for me too.

      Reply

  11. tanya posted on August 20, 2013 at 6:29 am (#)

    Brownies always make the tears go away. My son is going into the third grade too. I remember all the tag games and it’s fun to see my kids play the exact same games! I think we played Star Wars too and ghost in the graveyard. Everything was so simple in the third grade! These brownies are awesome Dorothy! I think I have to make myself a pan for tomorrow, which is our first day of school!

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 20th, 2013 at 7:08 pm

      The first time I saw them doing the hand clap games I fell off my chair that they’re still around! Good luck with your first day!

      Reply

  12. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet posted on August 20, 2013 at 7:30 am (#)

    These brownies look wonderful! My daughter starts middle school Monday! I may need a pan of these!

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 20th, 2013 at 7:07 pm

      Middle school? I’d need two pans. :)

      Reply

  13. Liz posted on August 20, 2013 at 7:35 am (#)

    Whoa, these look outrageously delicious!!!

    Reply

  14. Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig posted on August 20, 2013 at 8:51 am (#)

    Third Grade…learning my multiplication tables and hating it. A yellow knit sweater I wanted to wear every day. My new puppy. My teacher Mrs. Condon. Doing math at the board (I hated that).

    Coming home to these brownies would make everything better. My baby starts middle school this year…where does the time go?

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 20th, 2013 at 7:06 pm

      I know, Jordan says she loves math now. She won’t soon!

      Reply

  15. Heather || Heather's Dish posted on August 20, 2013 at 9:39 am (#)

    I want to faceplant straight into a plate of these and then eat them all. Every.single.one!

    Reply

  16. Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent posted on August 20, 2013 at 10:39 am (#)

    Ugh the third grade. My memories are coming back too. I had a horrible teacher… my mom and I always comment about that being my wasted year. Love the use of caramel bits. I saw them in the store this week but didn’t them up may have to next time. My husband loves caramel :)

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 20th, 2013 at 7:05 pm

      Those years are the worst!! I love those bits, I can eat them straight from the package!

      Reply

  17. Heather @ French Press posted on August 20, 2013 at 11:08 am (#)

    back to school requires comfort food…but it would help If I could get comfy in my sweatpants…which I would need if these brownies were in my house

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 20th, 2013 at 2:59 pm

      Yes, somehow sweat shorts aren’t as cute. Come on cooler weather!

      Reply

  18. Jennifer @ Mother Thyme posted on August 20, 2013 at 11:43 am (#)

    Aof my favorites in one tasty bar, I love it! I have my tall glass of milk and I’m ready to dive in and devour the entire pan!

    Reply

  19. Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry posted on August 20, 2013 at 11:59 am (#)

    I am surprised school already started. Back when I was in school, our first day of school wasn’t until after labor day. These bars look delicious though and so easy.

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 20th, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      Yup, and it’s actually a late start this year!! So early. :)

      Reply

  20. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes posted on August 20, 2013 at 3:24 pm (#)

    Haha love the story. And LOVE the cookie bars..I’m gonna pin this to make when I need something quick and easy to bring somewhere!

    Reply

  21. Kristin posted on August 20, 2013 at 3:30 pm (#)

    Hey, 3rd grade is fun! She’ll love it :)

    These, as always, look SO good!

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 20th, 2013 at 7:04 pm

      Thanks Kristin! She loves it so far, even the homework. :)

      Reply

  22. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl posted on August 20, 2013 at 3:51 pm (#)

    I’ve been comfort eating here, too. First grade sounds SO much bigger than kindergarten. I don’t know what I’ll do when we get to third grade!

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 20th, 2013 at 7:04 pm

      I know, I think it’s the full day thing. And the HW!

      Reply

  23. Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats posted on August 20, 2013 at 6:52 pm (#)

    I love how this literally fell on your head! Amazingness. I wish something would happen like that to me! I hope your baby girl has a great first day of 3rd grade :)

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 20th, 2013 at 7:03 pm

      Thanks Julie! It was great!

      Reply

  24. Amy posted on August 20, 2013 at 7:15 pm (#)

    Aww 3rd grade! I remember learning cursive too. And multiplication. That was the first time we learned something other than addition and subtraction. (And we had weekly math speed tests too… Sure glad that’s over!) Jordan is going to have such a fun year, and at least you have the house to yourself again! ;) PB, brownies, and caramel are such a match made in heaven. I’d be so tempted to eat the entire pan by myself!

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 21st, 2013 at 6:43 pm

      They’ve already started in on the timed math tests. On day 2!! Third grade is gonna be an adjustment, lol!

      Reply

      • Amy replied on August 21st, 2013 at 8:44 pm

        Seriously?? That’s unbelievable! At least she enjoyed her summer math sessions, right? ;)

  25. Lyuba@willcookforsmiles posted on August 20, 2013 at 7:53 pm (#)

    OOh WOW! Brownie and peanut butter AND caramel drops!! Trouble!!

    Reply

  26. Shari @ Shari Blogs posted on August 20, 2013 at 8:48 pm (#)

    This looks & sounds so good!!

    Reply

  27. Tonia@thegunnysack posted on August 20, 2013 at 9:25 pm (#)

    Does it get any better than that? Yum!

    Reply

  28. Shawn @ IWYD posted on August 20, 2013 at 9:41 pm (#)

    I could sink my teeth into one of these right now! That looks deeeeeee-lish!! :)

    Reply

  29. DessertForTwo posted on August 21, 2013 at 5:38 am (#)

    Awww, I think it’s harder to be a girl sometimes. Girls can be so mean.
    But, then we grow up and get to bake caramel brownie PB cookie bars and we win at life! :)

    Reply

  30. Larissa posted on August 21, 2013 at 7:14 am (#)

    Peanut Butter cookie dough? And Brownies? And you added caramel bits?? Oh my! I’m going to have to try these. And I usually don’t do brownies from a mix. Thinking my brownie recipe baked on top of some pb cookie dough will be amazing! And those caramel bits stirred in? Yes!
    My daughter is starting 4th grade on Monday! 3rd grade was when BFF’s really started to matter, and phone calls while playing on the American Girl website, etc. Hoping Jordan has a wonderful year and remembers only to good things!
    BTW, my son is going to be a freshman! He’s playing football with the JV/Varsity team – dropping him off to hang out and swim with seniors? I needed a mom moment.
    Here’s to a great school year for ALL the kiddos! May they NOT be cruel to each other ever. And cheers to the moms who love and support them all year round!
    Thanks for the recipe and sharing 3rd grade memories, Dorothy!

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 21st, 2013 at 6:42 pm

      I so wish kid cruelty would just go away! My heart hurts thinking that will happen probably this year. Good luck to your son in HS! I am not looking forward to that! Thanks for your comment Larissa!

      Reply

  31. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on August 21, 2013 at 7:21 am (#)

    I agree comfort is best when life is crazy! I can’t believe just how mean girls were and still are! My oldest is a high schooler this year…I need a whole pan of these brownies like now!!!

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 21st, 2013 at 6:41 pm

      I am SO not looking forward to that! Good luck to her!

      Reply

  32. Trish - Mom On Timeout posted on August 21, 2013 at 10:43 am (#)

    These look absolutely heavenly! Third grade can be pretty brutal but I’ve got a feeling Jordan is going to handle herself just fine :)

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 21st, 2013 at 6:40 pm

      They’ve had homework – lots – already!! She’s gonna hate it but it’ll be good for her. :)

      Reply

  33. Rachel posted on August 21, 2013 at 11:03 am (#)

    These look amazing, and I happen to have some peanut butter oatmeal cookie dough in the freezer and a box of brownies (leftover butterscotch chips that I can’t seem to get rid of too). Quick question: my brownie mix says 40-45 min (for all pan sizes), cookies take only about 10 min to bake. Any recommendations for cook time? Or maybe I should find a new box of brownie mix with smaller cook time? Thanks :)

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 21st, 2013 at 6:40 pm

      My box of brownie mix was a pouch (Betty Crocker) for an 8×8 pan, so the cooking time was much less than that. The cookies take longer because the brownies are on top of them, so they shouldn’t get over done. You can always make the cookie dough layer thicker too, just in case! I used a 9×9 pan too, when the brownies called for an 8×8 pan so they cooked quicker!

      Reply

      • Rachel replied on August 29th, 2013 at 1:42 pm

        Made them, took a chance on the 40-45 min cook time (a little thicker with cookie dough). THESE WERE AMAZING! I will totally be making these from now on (mixing/matching different combos of cookie dough etc). Even out of the freezer, heated 20 seconds, they tasted fresh baked. Thank you for sharing ;)

  34. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts posted on August 21, 2013 at 11:20 am (#)

    My guy started 3rd grade yesterday too! So crazy to think they are that old. When I was in 3rd grade I thought I was so big!

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 21st, 2013 at 6:37 pm

      And they kind of are big now. :(

      Reply

  35. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction posted on August 21, 2013 at 11:35 am (#)

    These bars could solve all kinds of problems! Love the versatility!

    Reply

  36. Louise at Cake and Calico posted on August 21, 2013 at 1:52 pm (#)

    Watching the little people get older is wonderful but it’s such a heart-wrench too. My baby started back to school last week and he is in his third year like your Jordan – he’s still a baby! (Don’t tell him I said that. Seriously.) Comfort food? Yes please!

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 21st, 2013 at 6:37 pm

      I know! I still think of her as a little girl…but she’s getting not to be. :(

      Reply

  37. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking posted on August 21, 2013 at 2:24 pm (#)

    These look amazing, Dorothy! I could easily down a dozen! :D

    Reply

  38. Carla posted on August 21, 2013 at 6:24 pm (#)

    All of my favorite things rolled into one brownie!

    Reply

  39. Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling posted on August 22, 2013 at 5:10 am (#)

    Awwwwwww…..good luck to both of you! It’s hard watching our kids grow up, isn’t it? I think these “comfort bars” might help – they could NOT look any better!!! Especially that ooey gooey brownie part!

    Reply

  40. Jackie posted on August 22, 2013 at 7:46 am (#)

    WOW! That’s a lot of my favorite things all rolled up into one! YUMMMMM!

    Reply

  41. Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar posted on August 22, 2013 at 12:37 pm (#)

    Third grade was fine for me – I was in a small private school. It was when I moved to public school in 5th grade that kids got mean. I’m not a fan! I hope Jordan has a great year! And for a bad day – these bars look perfect! So gooey!

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 22nd, 2013 at 6:35 pm

      Yeah, I’m worried about girl drama. We had some the past two years. So far, so good though!

      Reply

  42. capturing joy with kristen duke posted on August 23, 2013 at 5:13 am (#)

    School starts next week, I’ll need lots of comfort then! Lots happened to you in third grade…girl drama is worrysome. My daughter also starts third grade..not too much drama with my boys (going to 5th and 7th). I fear that school drama.

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 23rd, 2013 at 6:33 am

      I totally fear it. We’ve had it for the last two years, but all the girls are split up this year (thank goodness) so I’m hoping it’ll work out. Fingers crossed for your daughter too!

      Reply

  43. Renee @ Awesome on $20 posted on August 24, 2013 at 4:17 pm (#)

    I remember 3rd grade. I had the pretty teacher, and that was the year I got the chicken pox. I started eating dinner three nights a week at the dance studio. And it was the last year before I started being bused to the smart kid school. Those were the days. I could eat a hundred brownies and it didn’t matter. I would love to be eating one of these right now.

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 25th, 2013 at 8:50 am

      I miss those days too Renee! Thank you!

      Reply

  44. Liz Fourez posted on August 24, 2013 at 8:09 pm (#)

    I’ll be sending my baby to his first year of preschool on Tuesday… these cookie bars may be a necessary part of my day! Thanks for the amazing dessert, Dorothy!

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 25th, 2013 at 8:35 am

      Enjoy Liz! Happy first day to him!

      Reply

  45. Crystal posted on August 25, 2013 at 2:32 pm (#)

    Yum, these look and sound amazing!!!

    Reply

  46. Pingback: Back to School Giveaway $300 Target Gift Card - Crust and Crumbs - Crazy for Crust

  47. Meg @ Sweet Twist posted on September 1, 2013 at 6:45 pm (#)

    I hated third grade, my teacher was not fun.
    These bars just look like the best of everything. Yum!

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 1st, 2013 at 7:40 pm

      Thanks Meg, and boo for bad 3rd grade!

      Reply

  48. Pingback: Homemade Mocha Chocolate Chip Brownies - Mom On Timeout

  49. Pingback: Weekly Menu Plan | Shana Norris Blog

  50. Pingback: Weekly Menu Plan | Shana Norris Blog

  51. Pingback: Brownie Gooey Bars - Crazy for Crust

  52. Men Jackets posted on July 26, 2014 at 2:41 am (#)

    See % POSTDOMAIN % to recognize more concerning our college apparel personalizationservices.

    Reply

  53. Pingback: Caramel Peanut Butter Cookie Bars - Crazy for Crust

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *