Peanut Butter Cookie Gooey Bars

I know, you’re probably tired of gooey bars at this point, but you must make room for one more recipe. These Peanut Butter Cookie Gooey Bars combine my favorite peanut butter cookie recipe and gooey chocolate for the most decadent gooey bar EVER!

Peanut Butter Cookie Gooey Bars - my favorite easy peanut butter cookie recipe baked as a bar and filled with gooey chocolate!

For the longest time I have wondered why people tell me I don’t look like my profile picture. I’ve wondered why, when I’m with people like Hayley, strangers flock to her at every step but when I’m alone I seem to repel people like opposites of a magnet. Last week I finally figured out the answers to these problems:

I have RBF, otherwise known as “Resting B****y Face”. It’s a real thing, RBF, and I have it. I have it bad.

Peanut Butter Cookie Gooey Bars - my favorite easy peanut butter cookie recipe baked as a bar and filled with gooey chocolate!

I happened to be talking about this last week in Carmel with Lisa and Cathy and Cathy said, “You know, when I first got out of the car I thought you didn’t like me.”

Apparently, until I smile I look like an enormous you-know-what. When I smile, my face lights up and I become the Dorothy that everyone knows (and, I guess, the Dorothy of that profile picture up there on the sidebar).

RBF, an affliction that answers so many questions. How do you cure RBF? I’m not sure.

The “mini smile” seems fake and it looks like I’m telling you to go do something to yourself while I smile at you.

Walking around with a full smile just makes me look like I’m on something. No one is that happy all of the time.

So, the moral of the story is that, if you meet me and don’t recognize me, make me smile at you. And know that I’m really not a bitch, just my face is.

Thank goodness I can bake goodies like these gooey bars; they have redeeming powers.

Peanut Butter Cookie Gooey Bars - my favorite peanut butter cookie recipe baked as a bar and filled with gooey chocolate and sweetened condensed milk!

So, these peanut butter cookie gooey bars. Really, they’re one of the best things ever.

First, know they’re like a meal. Forget the protein bar, have a gooey bar instead. Swallow it down with some milk and you have the lunch of champions.

Second, I know these are super amazing because I brought them on my trip last week an 9 other food bloggers tasted them. Not one spit one out and told me they sucked, so I think I have a pretty good recipe on my hands. 🙂

Peanut Butter Cookie Gooey Bars - my favorite easy peanut butter cookie recipe baked as a bar and filled with gooey chocolate!

These bars start with my favorite peanut butter cookie recipe. I’ve used that same recipe for so many things, including s’mores, caramel cookie bars, and stuffed cookies.

{Hey, when you find a recipe that works, why break it?}

Instead of making cookies out of the dough, I spread about 2/3 of it into the bottom of a 9×13″ pan. Then I poured chocolate chips and a can of sweetened condensed milk over the top and spread the remaining dough over that.

Once they bake they’re ooey gooey chocolatey peanut butter heaven. I think they’re the cure for RBF, what do you think?

Peanut Butter Cookie Gooey Bars - my favorite easy peanut butter cookie recipe baked as a bar and filled with gooey chocolate!

At least they make me smile…and that makes me look like me. Peanut butter FTW.

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Peanut Butter Cookie Gooey Bars

My favorite peanut butter cookies made into a bar and filled with sweetened condensed milk and chocolate!


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9×13” pan with foil or parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Cream butter, peanut butter, and both sugars in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add egg, vanilla, milk, salt, and baking soda. Mix until combined. Slowly add flour and mix until dough comes together.
  3. Press 2/3 of the dough in the bottom of the pan. The dough is very sticky so spray your hands with cooking spray first. It’ll look like you don’t have enough dough but spread it into a thin layer.
  4. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top of the bottom layer. Pour the sweetened condensed milk (SCM) over the chocolate chips. Try to give a 1/2 inch border around the edges where the SCM does not touch the edge of the pan. This prevents bubbling edges.
  5. Spoon tablespoon drops of your remaining dough over the top of the SCM layer. Spray your hands again with cooking spray and gently flatten the dough with your fingers. I sort of spread the dough a bit while I was flattening. It won’t completely cover; you’ll still see the filling.
  6. Bake for about 30-36 minutes, until the bars begin to brown on top. Cool completely before slicing. These are gooey when you cut them unless you chill them first. (They taste better gooey!)
  7. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days. They can be frozen in sealable containers or ziploc bags between layers of paper towels for up to one month.
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  1. You are the third blog in a ROW that I’ve been to who’s had a gooey peanut butter bar posted today. Not kidding. I bet you planned it 🙂 Seriously though I could never tire of gooey bars. Or chocolate, or peanut butter. Want!!

  2. I wish so much that I had that RBF conversation on video.  I almost peed laughing.  I’m just going to make you a button that says, “I may have RBF, but I’m ridiculously hilarious.  Try me.”  And I can attest to how AMAZING these bars are!  Seriously, so good!

  3. Looks so gooey delicious, I’ll have to try making these with almond butter, peanut allergies. Sure it will be just as good.

  4. I was laughing so much when I read this! RBF is a real thing haha! I know because I think I do it too. It’s hard to find a happy medium between not looking mean, or smiling all the time and not looking crazy!  BTW never tired of gooey bars!! 

  5. Dorothy – This post made me laugh out loud! I think a lot of people have RBF. Haha. When I’m working at Starbucks, I’m usually really focused on cleaning or making drinks, and customers will approach me and say,”Smile more.” I just have furrowed brows when I concentrate. I’m not mad. I will never get tired of Gooey Bars. They’re too good!

  6. Tired of gooey bars? I don’t want to know those people. I can attest to how bomb diggity these ones are…and also the RBF. Lol. BUT I also know how your face lights up when you smile and laugh. Omg, between that and the “Do the Dorothy” our retreat might have been a total bust! 

  7. Oh my gosh, I have a RBF; when I am happy but don’t smile, I start to give people the “evil eye” without noticing, whoops! These bars look amazing Dorothy, peanut butter and chocolate is life. x 

  8. There is no such thing as too many gooey bars. There is a lady at my work who has RBF bad. In my many years of working there, I have never seen her crack a smile. She is just permanently angry, I guess!

  9. How anyone could avoid smiling with these gooey bars in hand, is beyond me! 🙂 Just the words peanut butter and gooey are smile worthy!
    Though your post written light heartedly, being aware of the vibes we unintentionally send out can be important. Being deep in thought or concentrating is good, except when friendly and approachable is what we want to communicate. There really is a fine line between looking friendly and looking like a goof. I am going to go practice in the mirror! 😉

  10. I am a peanut butter nut!! I can’t get enough!! I can’t wait to try these they look AWESOME!! 

  11. BAHAHA…You had me laughing so hard!!!  I think that RBF is a real thing because sometimes people who know me really well have told me I look like a mean school teacher!  I think I just get into a zone and don’t focus on looking insanely happy all the time.  I love these gooey bars and I think they would become a family favorite here!!!!  Pinned!

  12. Just stumbled across your blog because of this recipe. Looks AMAZING! Will have to check out the rest of your stuff too.

  13. You had me at gooey Dorothy! These bars look magical! Totally drooling right now. 

  14. DOROTHY!! Your recipes and hilarious stories get me every time! If I ever meet you (which is pretty unlikely given that we are on opposite sides of the world) I would totally ignore that RBF! Can’t wait to make these epic looking bars =)

  15. OH MY! Those look heavenly! I’m drooling over here, I love all things peanut butter!

  16. When I met you I just thought you were reserved (and there is nothing wrong with that!). I have a different problem – strangers always think they know me from somewhere. It started in college, when some guy told me he was in my chemistry class (that is the last class I would ever have signed up for!).  And I don’t care how many gooey bars are on the Internet – I am sticking with yours!!!

  17. Ha! “I’m not really a bitch, just my face is.” I am laughing out loud. I’m so glad you don’t actually hate me….and I’m glad RBF came up so I didn’t spend the whole week wondering! And. These bars? TO DIE FOR. I’m kinda mad I didn’t take a few for the car ride!

  18. Sorry if you inherited my “zoned out” face. I know it used to drive you crazy when I was thinking about something and “in the zone”. It was either that or smiling.

  19. This made me LOL for real. I am so guilty of RBF too. 

  20. I totally suffer from this sometimes too. I wear my emotions on my face, so if I am not happy, someone is going to know it. I had no idea about RBF until I met someone at work who has MAJOR RBF, it’s pretty bad! Anyhow, I will always make room for a Gooey Bar, especially this one! 

  21. I gotta try those! Tks for putting a name to what my ex mother-in-law calls a “puss” face. I am afflicted with RBF. Well, to be honest, it wasn’t an affliction with her, it was sincerely an RBF. LOL

  22. Lol I think we all can have RBF at some point or another during the day especially when we are in a train of thought. These look totally amazing! There can never be too many gooey bars especially with peanut butter and chocolate!

  23. “I’m really not a bitch, just my face is.” Please tell them to put this on your tombstone Dorothy. LOL!!! 

  24. Pretty sure I have RBF too. One of my BEDs told me that a couple she knows was scared of me until they they got to know me. ☺ And these bars would definitely win people over!

  25. Haha about the RBF…. I am so guilty of that, but I am over it.  The gooey bars now, are another story….never over gooey bars, and certainly not peanut butter ones…yum yum and yum. 🙂

  26. They look just too tempting!

  27. These look simply scrumptious! I don’t think it’s possible to have too much chocolate and peanut butter! Or gooey bars for that matter! Delish!

  28. Yes, I too have RBF, plus I’m six feet tall so size-wise intimidating as well. A Scorpio too…not known for their cuddliness! I did laugh…it would make a great SNL skit!

  29. I have RBF too! And people say things all. the. time. to me. The day before I moved last year, you know when you have LOTS of things on your mind, a stranger at the gas station told me to cheer up life isn’t so bad. Um eff you random guy. Then I had this one coworker not once but TWICE tell me to cheer up when I was, you know, concentrating at work. He literally said I looked like I wanted to bite someone. UGH. The only thing I want to bite are these gooey bars 😉

  30. First, these look amazing! Second, I have RBF, too , and I hate it when people tell me to smile more…why?? I’m concentrating on work…you’re not smiling all the freaking time! Why should I??? It’s one of my pet peeves. I just don’t understand it!

  31. These bars look SO good! Love all the gooey chocolate! I could eat the entire batch! 😀 

  32. I do not have words, these look BEYOND heavenly! Pinning 🙂

  33. Who cares about RBF if you’re showing up with these little bars of joy all the time?!  The smile you bring to the faces of others when bringing them ooey gooey bars is what matters most.  

  34. You’re so spot on about the RBF.  I have it, and always think about it.  But I never assigned a name to it.  Thank you for that.  And, hey, thinking about these bars are enough to cure RFB, at least for a little while.  Right?

  35. OMG! People are so not repelled by you! You must be on something if you think that, crazy girl! 🙂 But I totally understand the RBF… sometimes even I get it (crazy, I know) but it’s true! And while we’re talking, can we please reminisce about how GOOD these bars were? Seriously AWESOME!! 

  36. Those bars look SUPER gooey and absolutely delicious!! All that melty chocolate has got my mouth drooling! Pinned 🙂

  37. I love your new (or at least new to me) profile pic! You seriously have the best smile. Lol I guess it would be odd if we all walked around smiling like our profile pics … food bloggers are high, high on sugar, so it would make a little sense 😉
    I seriously want this entire pan. Peanut butter and gooey bars, life pretty much made right here. You can never ever have too many gooey bar recipes. There just isn’t a such thing.

  38. You have the greatest smile, Dorothy! Use it. I heard Victoria Beckham say something really stupid about how she “owes it to the fashion community” not to smile, but that she’s smiling on the inside. Hello, resting witch face!
    These gooey bars are quite beyond. My PB cravings are being activated late at night here!

  39. LOVED hanging out with you last week! And boy, getting a sneak peek preview of these photos made me SO glad you brought the bars to Carmel… They’re the epitome of gooey!

  40. This is everything I want in a bar!

  41. Bwuahahahahahaha,  I’ve been cursed with the same disease.  😉  These sound amazing.

  42. Um, how can one get TIRED of gooey bars? I don’t know that it’s possible. And also, I am cracking up at you having RBF. My husband has RAF-resting a__-h___ face. Hahahahaha!

  43. First of all Dorothy you have a friendly face. I think u were probably considered the hot math teacher back when u taught. 😉

    Secondly I made These today. I think they came out great. I bet u will make a minty gooey bar too later.

    Thx so much

  44. Now I have a name to put with my “symptoms” ha!  Thanks for bringing this to light!!  Love your recipes – between you and Sally’s Baking Addiction and Cookies and Cups…well, I do a lot of baking 😉 Definitely trying these gooey bars.  And very soon.  Gotta love peanut butter recipes!!!

  45. I am so glad I’m not the only one with RBF! Love your post and this recipe looks absolutely amazing. Just keep being who you are, you will never ever please everyone, someone is always going to have something negative to say – I just subscribed to your emails, thank you for this!

  46. poor thing, RBF is a serious disease. I’m glad that you have the disclaimer cuz I would prob be like “omg Dorothy haaaates me, wahhhhh!”

    in other news: gooey deliciousness! yay! I love these, so perfect

  47. These look and sound SO wonderful!!  I am going to try these out, I have been looking for a peanut butter bar with chocolate chips that doesn’t take forever to put together, and I LOVE, love, gooey bars!

  48. in the first picture and the first one under the recipe it look’s like there is a big piece of chocolate other than the chocolate chips..

  49. Just made these and they are yummy! I added white chocolate chips and they were fabulous. 

  50. Macro mode is awesome, but don’t forget about the 99% of other photo posabilities.

  51. These look amazing and I’m literally about to make them! Can I make one suggestion? I find it very helpful when photos of the process are included rather than several photos of the final product. That way I know I’m doing it right. Can’t wait for these to come out of the oven! Thanks for posting, just what I was looking for today!

  52. Just made these today and thought they were great! Thank you!

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