Peanut Butter Buddy Bars

A throwback dessert bar that is essentially a chocolate chip studded peanut butter blondie with a chocolate topping.

This simple family favorite can serve a crowd, or one die hard peanut butter fanatic, and is easy enough for young bakers to make with minimal adult assistance. My daughter made the batch pictured in this post without my help.

Peanut Butter Buddy Bars were a regular on the desert rotation when I was growing up. I remember having them on the sailboat the most. Our family would go out regularly on La Volpe, my parent’s Catalina sailboat, to spend the day on the lake and enjoy the water. Those lake days were filled with Mom’s crowd pleasing dessert bars and cookies as well as drippy queso and tortilla chips. Good times.

Feel free to use creamy or crunch peanut butter in this recipe as well as a variety of mini or regular sized chocolate chips. My crew prefers creamy peanut butter and mini chips, so that it how they are pictured in this post.

Peanut Butter Buddy Bars

Recipe by meltedkcCourse: Dessert, SnacksDifficulty: Easy


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  • 1 cup peanut butter

  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 3 eggs, room temperature

  • 1/4 tsp salt (I use vanilla salt )

  • 1 cup unbleached all purpose flour

  • 2 cups chocolate chips


  • Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and salt.
  • In a large bowl, beat peanut butter and butter until smooth, about 1 minute. Add sugar, eggs and vanilla and beat another 2-3 minutes until creamy.
  • With the mixer on low, blend in the flour and salt mixture. Stir in 3/4 cup chocolate chips.
  • Spread the batter into an ungreased 13×9 inch pan and bake 25-30 minutes.
  • After removing from the oven, immediately sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips over the top. Allow to sit for 5 minutes to melt the chocolate chips. You’ll know they are ready to spread when the chips are shiny and soft. Spread the chocolate evenly over the top. Cool completely before cutting.

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