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Almond Joy Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

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Almond Joy Peanut Butter Cookie Bars: the perfect cookie bar for Almond Joy addicts!

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You all know how much I looooooooove Almond Joy candy bars, right?

It’s love with a capital lust.

Up until a few years ago, I hated them. Er, I thought I did. I’d never had one. Now, I can’t get enough.

What’s really strange is that I only buy them at Halloween time. Halloween was when I first fell in looooove with them, so it’s kind of an anniversary of sorts. It’s my Almond Joy Anniversary!

This last week has been super stressful – Online BlogCon starts on October 8th. Ashton and I are working like madwomen to get it all ready and I just have not had the time I’ve wanted to test recipes and try new things.

{Pssst…OBC ’13 registration ends tomorrow. Go get your tickets!}

After two recipe fails in one day and a lot of frustration, I needed something comforting…and something I knew would work.

Enter: Almond Joy Peanut Butter Cookie Bars.

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Last week I was at Walmart and alllll the Halloween is out. I snagged a few bags of Almond Joys because, well, that’s how I celebrate our anniversary.

I knew that these bars would be fantastic, because they start with my favorite peanut butter cookie dough. Instead of making cookies, I just pressed them into a 9-inch square pan.

Then I unwrapped 25 fun size Almond Joys and pressed them on top. Let me tell you, it was hard not to sneak some. Really hard. Like Edward-and-Bella-in-Twilight hard.

But I managed. For all of you!

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These bars are super thick and rich. There’s tons of peanut butter flavor and the Almond Joy on top adds a chocolate and coconut kick to every bite.

I made these in a 9″ square pan, but they are really thick. Next time, I think I’ll make them in a 9×13″ pan and use more Almond Joys on top. Do what you like, I’ve noted the options in the recipe.

I think my favorite part about Halloween are all the mini candy bars.

They’re mini – so it’s okay to eat a dozen. On top of cookies. Right?

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Riiiiiiight. :)

Almond Joy Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

Yield: 20 bars

Almond Joy Peanut Butter Cookie Bars


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups flour
  • 25 mini Almond Joy candy bars, from about a bag and a half (see note)


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9x9” pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. (See note.)
  2. Cream butter, peanut butter, and both sugars in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, about 2-3 minutes. Add egg, vanilla, milk, baking soda, and salt and mix until combined. Slowly add flour and mix until dough just comes together.
  3. Press the cookie dough into the prepared pan. Unwrap all the candy bars and press them in even rows along the top of the dough.
  4. Bake for 22-24 minutes, until it gets golden on top. Let cool before slicing so that the candy has a chance to re-harden.


These are very thick bars. If you prefer a thinner cookie bar, press into a 9x13” pan and use more candy bars (probably about 40). You'll need to adjust the baking time as well, probably less time than called for.

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46 Responses to “Almond Joy Peanut Butter Cookie Bars”

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on September 29, 2013 at 2:51 am (#)

    Until you relinked them, I did not realize how many recipes with AJ’s you had. Wow! You DO love them! These are so fun. And I just noticed you’re at 30k now. 10k in a week woman. CONGRATS!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 29th, 2013 at 8:04 pm

      Yeah, I’m waiting for FB to say, oops, sorry. Never mind! -9,986. :)


  2. Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker posted on September 29, 2013 at 4:05 am (#)

    Unfortunately we don’t have AJ’s but we do have Bounty’s which are similar without the almond. Want to make these they sound yummy


    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 29th, 2013 at 8:03 pm

      Those would be perfect too! Ours are called Mounds. :)


  3. Tieghan posted on September 29, 2013 at 6:02 am (#)

    I still have never had an Almond Joy and I have no idea why. Coconut and chocolate together are one of my favorite combos, but add peanut butter too? Yeah, I think I am in heaven now! They look awesome, Dorothy and I hope you get a break soon!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 29th, 2013 at 8:03 pm

      Oh you must have one!! You’ll love them Tieghan, I know you will.


  4. holly waterfall posted on September 29, 2013 at 7:24 am (#)

    Omg Dorothy I too loooove AJs! They are my absolute favorite acid have been since I was little. Thank you for linking up to my almond joy gooey rolls… They are to die for!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 29th, 2013 at 7:51 pm

      I need those rolls in my life Holly!


  5. Stephanie @ Back For Seconds posted on September 29, 2013 at 9:18 am (#)

    You sound like a kid, lol! You never liked them – until you actually tried them, haha! Maybe you’re not really as picky as you imagine you are?? :)
    These look really, really good! Pinning!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 29th, 2013 at 7:50 pm

      Ha, totally. I’m more of an afraid picky eater – as in, I’m afraid to try new things! :)


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  7. Mary Frances @ The Sweet {tooth} Life posted on September 29, 2013 at 10:19 am (#)

    You know the candies to pick! Coconut and chocolate = win. And on peanut butter cookie dough = I can’t even. Totally justifies eating a dozen. Man, I need to send you all my Halloween candies and let you go to town with them! You create some amazing stuff!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 29th, 2013 at 7:50 pm

      Ha! I spend waaaaay too much money today stocking up!


  8. Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent posted on September 29, 2013 at 11:29 am (#)

    These look amazing and fun to make :)


  9. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl posted on September 29, 2013 at 5:35 pm (#)

    I could totally eat a few of these cookie bars, oh goodness!


  10. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted on September 29, 2013 at 5:45 pm (#)

    Yeshhhhhhh!!! I’m a recent almond joy convert myself and I am loooving this idea!


  11. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting posted on September 29, 2013 at 5:58 pm (#)

    I am so excited for Online BlogCon! I am sure you guys are super stressed but I know it will be an awesome conference! At least you have a pan of these cookies to get you through it!


  12. marcie posted on September 29, 2013 at 6:32 pm (#)

    Love Almond Joys. These look delicious!


  13. tanya posted on September 30, 2013 at 6:56 am (#)

    I’m going to start grabbing bags of bite sized Almond Joys so I can make these bars!


  14. Maura @Yellowlemontree posted on September 30, 2013 at 7:34 am (#)

    Although I don’t like peanut butter, these look amazing. Think I’m gonna give it a try :)


  15. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction posted on September 30, 2013 at 8:27 am (#)

    What a great idea! So easy, but so good!


  16. Joy R posted on September 30, 2013 at 8:29 am (#)

    These sound so good… I off to buy my mini AJ’s now, lol. Thank you for such a wonderful recipe.


  17. Brenda @ SweetSimpleStuff posted on September 30, 2013 at 9:24 am (#)

    Wow! Great addition to PB cookies :)


  18. Heather Saffer posted on September 30, 2013 at 11:13 am (#)

    Stop. Just stop! I can barely handle the beauty here. You. Are. Genius.


  19. Jennifer @ Mother Thyme posted on September 30, 2013 at 12:34 pm (#)

    What a great idea! These look incredible! I am totally craving these now! :)


  20. Heather @ French Press posted on September 30, 2013 at 1:31 pm (#)

    now I need an almond joy! like totally craving them.amazing as always Dorothy


  21. Amy posted on September 30, 2013 at 3:07 pm (#)

    This anniversary is totally worth celebrating!! Almond Joys are one of my mom’s favorite candy bars too, so it’s a good thing she lives far enough away that you don’t have to fight over the bags at Walmart! 😉 And I’m so sorry to hear about your recipe frustrations. Having a recipe not turn out right is the most disheartening, disappointing thing, and to have two in one day? You are SUCH a trooper to come up with something new and just as amazing. So proud of you!!


  22. Katie @ Dip It In Chocolate posted on October 1, 2013 at 12:16 pm (#)

    It’s insane how good these look! I also discovered my love for almond joy on Halloween… going on my 4th anniversary here! 😉 haha


  23. Natasha @ The Cake Merchant posted on October 1, 2013 at 3:57 pm (#)

    I thought I hated Almond Joys too, until I tried one. I think you actually found a way to make them even better!


  24. Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner posted on October 2, 2013 at 7:54 am (#)

    I love the idea of an online conference because I typically can’t attend the ones in person since they usually require air travel. I’ll defintely have to check out the details so thank you for mentioning. :)
    Can we talk about these cookie bars now?! Yum. PB anything is an A+ in my book. Love the idea of mixing it with almond joys. And yes, anything mini is adorable but a ticket to eat way more than the normal size. Eh, you only live once. 😉


    • Dorothy Kern replied on October 2nd, 2013 at 1:32 pm

      I am SO addicted to PB…and almond joys! Thanks Tina!


  25. ang posted on October 2, 2013 at 9:34 am (#)

    I’m officially in love with you :) You took all my favorite things and put them in the same treat! You’re amazing!


  26. Jocelyn @ BruCrew Life posted on October 3, 2013 at 9:19 pm (#)

    Seriously, all of my favorites are here!!! These are so drool worthy!!


  27. Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie posted on October 6, 2013 at 12:05 pm (#)

    I love almond joy too! Not Mounds though – just Almond Joy 😉 These sound amazing!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on October 6th, 2013 at 6:16 pm

      Milk chocolate is just better! :)


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