Almond Joy Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

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

Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

  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.

Notes

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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Comments

  1. 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!

  2. 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
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  3. 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!
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  4. 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!
    holly waterfall recently posted..Is There Such Thing as Complete Recovery from Disordered Eating?My Profile

  5. 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!
    Stephanie @ Back For Seconds recently posted..Easy Peanut Butter Snickers Hand PiesMy Profile

  6. 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!
    Mary Frances @ The Sweet {tooth} Life recently posted..Caramel Apple GranolaMy Profile

  7. These look amazing and fun to make :)
    Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent recently posted..Pumpkin Spice Kiss CookiesMy Profile

  8. I could totally eat a few of these cookie bars, oh goodness!
    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl recently posted..Fresh Apple JuiceMy Profile

  9. Yeshhhhhhh!!! I’m a recent almond joy convert myself and I am loooving this idea!
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  10. 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!
    Julianne @ Beyond Frosting recently posted..Oatmeal Cream Pie CupcakesMy Profile

  11. Love Almond Joys. These look delicious!
    marcie recently posted..No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Marshmallow BarsMy Profile

  12. I’m going to start grabbing bags of bite sized Almond Joys so I can make these bars!
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  13. Although I don’t like peanut butter, these look amazing. Think I’m gonna give it a try :)

  14. What a great idea! So easy, but so good!
    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction recently posted..Butternut Black Bean Pasta SkilletMy Profile

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

  16. Wow! Great addition to PB cookies :)
    Brenda @ SweetSimpleStuff recently posted..Halloween ReviewMy Profile

  17. Stop. Just stop! I can barely handle the beauty here. You. Are. Genius.
    Heather Saffer recently posted..I Failed At Opening A Dessert BarMy Profile

  18. What a great idea! These look incredible! I am totally craving these now! :)
    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme recently posted..Weekly Wrap: Week 2My Profile

  19. now I need an almond joy! like totally craving them.amazing as always Dorothy
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  20. 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!!
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  21. It’s insane how good these look! I also discovered my love for almond joy on Halloween… going on my 4th anniversary here! ;) haha

  22. I thought I hated Almond Joys too, until I tried one. I think you actually found a way to make them even better!
    Natasha @ The Cake Merchant recently posted..Butterscotch Chocolate Chip Cake with Fluffy Marshmallow Chocolate FrostingMy Profile

  23. 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. ;)

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

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

  26. I love almond joy too! Not Mounds though – just Almond Joy ;) These sound amazing!
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