Chocolate Peanut Butter 7-Layer Bars

by Erin

Whether you call them hello dolly bars or magic bars, these Chocolate Peanut Butter 7-Layer Bars are a peanut butter and chocolate lover’s dream!

Chocolate Peanut Butter 7-Layer Bars.

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We’ve all had the magic 7-layer bars (aka Hello Dolly bars) and are familiar with it’s components, but who says we can’t change up those layers and make something new? Like… chocolate peanut butter 7-layer bars!

What are the layers of Chocolate Peanut Butter 7-Layer Bars?

  1. Chocolate graham cracker crust
  2. Chopped peanuts
  3. Semi-sweet chocolate chips
  4. Peanut butter chips
  5. Chopped Reese’s cups
  6. Reese’s pieces
  7. Sweetened condensed milk

Oh heck yes, I made a chocolate peanut butter magic bars! Not that it should come as any surprise due to my obsession with all things peanut butter & chocolate. I will find just about any reason to make something involving this combo. Even better when they are as easy to make and delicious as chocolate peanut butter 7-layer bars.

Stack of Chocolate Peanut Butter 7-Layer Bars.

It is once again college football Saturday. Gotta get my weekly dose of Buckeye-ness!

This week’s opponent for the 2012 season is the Indiana Hoosiers. The Ohio State football team has not lost to Indiana since 1988. But hopefully that is not a jinx after watching last week’s surprising domination over Nebraska, bumping us back up to #8.

Unfortunately I will be unable to view this weeks game because it is only aired on the Big Ten Network, and I don’t have cable, let alone the special package that includes that channel. Although I will be out and about tonight for a friend’s birthday and if I’m lucky it will be on at the bar. Worst case I will be happily eating these chocolate peanut butter 7-layer bars!

Teeth marks in a Chocolate Peanut Butter 7-Layer Bar.

One year ago: Halloween Oreo Cupcakes

Chocolate Peanut Butter 7-Layer Bars.


Yield: 2 dozen Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat


  • 8 Tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 9 chocolate graham crackers (5 oz.), crushed
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped peanuts
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped Reese's peanut butter cups
  • 1/2 cup Reese's pieces
  • 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk


  1. Adjust an oven rack to the lower-middle position and preheat to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13-inch baking pan with non-stick spray. Line the pan with two overlapping pieces of foil or parchment paper, leaving overhang to act as handles for lifting the bars out of the pan. Spray with non-stick spray.
  2. Melt the butter and combine with graham cracker crumbs in a small bowl. Toss with your fingers until the butter is evenly distributed. Press the crumbs evenly onto the bottom of the prepared pan.
  3. In order, sprinkle the peanuts, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, chopped Reese's cups, and Reese's pieces over the graham crumbs. Pour the condensed milk evenly over the entire dish.
  4. Bake until the top is golden brown, about 25 minutes. Cool in the pan on a wire rack to room temperature, about 2 hours.
  5. Remove the bars from the pan using the foil or parchment handles and transfer to a cutting board. Using a sharp knife or bench cutter, cut into 24 bars.
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Source: Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker and The Domestic Rebel.

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natalie@thesweetslife October 15, 2012 - 12:02 pm

brilliant!! i agree with tracey–way better than the original!

Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray October 15, 2012 - 8:57 am

These are Charlie’s faaaavorite treats…he always demands magic cookie bars. I think he might literally die if I showed up with these. Baha!

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. October 14, 2012 - 9:45 pm

These look like 7 layers of pure heaven!

Tracey October 14, 2012 - 1:51 pm

Ok, I’ll say it – these are WAY better than the original!! These wouldn’t stand a chance of lasting more than a day or two at my house!

sally @ sallysbakingaddiction October 14, 2012 - 1:19 pm

HEAVEN IN BAR FORM. OMG. (!!!!!!!!!!) That is all.

Miriam @ Overtime Cook October 13, 2012 - 7:44 pm

I’m trying to think of a comment to say, but I’m kinda speechless. I. Want. These. Now.

luv what you do October 13, 2012 - 7:03 pm

Love the creativity!!!
7 layer bars are the best and I never thought to get creative with them!

Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel October 13, 2012 - 9:54 am

I LOVE IT!! These look so delicious, Erin! I’m glad the PB chocolate queen approves :)

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar October 13, 2012 - 8:37 am

I love a good layer bar. Especially with peanut butter!

Kayle (The Cooking Actress) October 13, 2012 - 7:23 am

This. is. SO. much. better than the original!!! PEANUT BUTTTEERRRRRR!


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