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Peanut Butter and Potato Chip Layered Cookie Bars

By Cindy Rahe
Created January 10, 2017
Sweet and salty, with a bit of chew and chocolate, these bars are nothing but (the best kind of) trouble.
Peanut Butter and Potato Chip Layered Cookie Bars

There’s a lot to love about “magic” layered cookie bars. You know, the variety of cookie-bar that’s topped with a chocolate and butterscotch chips, plus nuts, coconut and the requisite sweetened condensed milk atop a graham-cracker base. While I, too, love indulging in these sugar-bomb bars, I’m of the opinion they could benefit from a little salt and more crunch to really take them over the top.

And so I created the “magic” layered cookie bars of my dreams! They combine creamy peanut butter—in chip form and mixed with the condensed milk—with chocolate chips, big flakes of coconut and the addictive, salty crunch of potato chips. Sweet, salty, crunchy, with a bit of chew and chocolate scattered throughout, these bars are pure danger.

The deliciousness begins with a classic crust made with graham cracker crumbs and melted butter.

ingredients for crust

After the crust is pressed into the pan, it’s topping time: sweetened condensed milk mixed with peanut butter, peanut butter chips, potato chips, chocolate chips and unsweetened coconut flakes.

ingredients for the topping

Then it’s time to layer. I started with half of the coconut and potato chips, followed by the peanut butter and chocolate chips.

crunched up potato chips on baked crust

Once more layer of toppings and we’re almost done. Look at all that beautiful texture!

chocolate and peanut butter chips sprinkled

Next, take that condensed milk and peanut butter situation and douse it over the top. Pop it into the oven to bake.

topping poured over

And, out it comes, golden and chewy around the edges, with bits of salty-sweet crunch throughout. Truly a thing of beauty, in my humble opinion.

baked bars on parchment

Then, slice them up however you’d like. I’d advise you to start small ‘cause these babies are rich! Do you have a favorite “magic” bar recipe? If so, I’d love to know what you do to make yours extra-special!

Peanut Butter and Potato Chip Layered Cookie Bars