No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars

No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars ~ these easy bars are a cookie dough lover’s dream come true.  This is a no egg recipe, and the flour is microwaved to kill any potential bacteria.

No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars ~ the ultimate PB and chocolate treat!

These no bake peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough bars are fairly self explanatory, I think, the name pretty much says it all.  I just mixed up some yummy peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough, sans eggs, and patted it into a square baking pan.  Then I slathered it in melted chocolate and refrigerated until it was slice-able.  They’re no biggie to make, but kinda irresistible once they’re done.  You might even have a hard time waiting for them to chill.

No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars

Cookie dough bars are in a class all by themselves…they’re not brownies, or blondies, not cake or cookies…they almost have a truffle-like mouth feel.  They have the characteristically soft, grainy quality that we all know and love from sneaking spoonfuls of cookie dough throughout the years.  While they may not fit into a formal dessert category, these unique treats are famously delicious.

No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars ~ these easy bars are pretty much a cookie dough lover's dream come true.

If you’re a closet cookie dough lover you’re going to want to try all my cookie dough treats.  The first one I created was the classic: CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DOUGH BARS.  Then I loaded in a few more yummy ingredients in my I WANT TO MARRY YOU COOKIE DOUGH BARS.  And finally I incorporated everybody’s favorite cookie into my NO BAKE COOKIES AND CREAM COOKIE DOUGH BARS.  I think that ought to satisfy you in the cookie dough department for a good long time :)

No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars ~ these easy bars are a cookie dough lover’s dream come true. There are no eggs in the recipe, and the flour is microwaved to kill any potential bacteria.

Once upon a time we were told to avoid eating raw cookie dough because there was a risk of salmonella from the raw eggs.  So egg-less cookie dough recipes have been popular for a while.  But recently it’s been found that there is a small chance that raw flour can be contaminated with E. coli, and so the FDA recommends against eating anything made with flour that is not cooked, i.e., cookie dough.  This puts cookie dough lovers in quite a pickle!

TIP: E. coli is killed at a temperature of 165F, so theoretically if we heat our flour to that temperature first, it should be fine.  That can be done in the oven or in the microwave, and I’ve chosen to do it in the microwave ~ here’s how:  put the flour for the recipe in a large bowl and microwave for one minute.  Whisk briefly and then you can check with a thermometer that the temperature of the flour has reached at least 165F.

If you follow this blog you might remember me doing something similar with the flour for my PERFECT GRAVY WITHOUT THE BIRD.  In that case I cooked the flour until it became a rich nutty brown.  All this being said, if you are concerned and don’t want to chance eating raw cookie dough, there are always my PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP SHORTBREAD COOKIES!  And if you don’t want any flour at all, I’ve even got FLOURLESS PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES.  So you see, no one has to go without their pb and chocolate fix here at tvfgi :)

*This No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars recipe is lightly adapted from Sweetest Menu

No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars

Yield: 16 bars

No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) soft butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp milk
  • 2/3 cup dark chocolate chips (use minis if you like)
    topping
  • 8 ounces dark chocolate, either finely chopped, or chips
  • 1 Tbsp smooth peanut butter

Instructions

  1. Line an 8 or 9 inch square baking pan with foil.
  2. Put the flour in a large microwave safe bowl and microwave for 1 minute. Stir, and check the temperature, you want to get it to 160F. If it's not there, microwave 10 more seconds and check again. When it has reached 160F let it cool, and then sift and set aside.
  3. Cream the butter and sugars together until well combined. Blend in the peanut butter and vanilla.
  4. Stir in the flour, and add the milk if the mixture seems very dry. Fold in the chips.
  5. Press the dough into the bottom of the pan, making sure to get a flat, even layer.
  6. Put the chocolate and peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl or measuring cup and microwave for 1 minute. Stir until the mixture is completely melted and lump free. If necessary put it back in the microwave for 10 second bursts until it is smooth.
  7. Pour the chocolate over the cookie dough and spread out. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours to allow it to firm up.
  8. Remove from the refrigerator about 5 minutes before slicing. Remove the cookie dough from the pan, and peel off the foil. Slice with a large sharp knife that has been dipped in hot water and dried off between each slice.
  9. Store these bars in the refrigerator.
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Notes:

  • While I feel comfortable that leaving out the eggs and heating the flour to 165F makes this raw dough perfectly safe, you will have to make your own determination ~ eat cookie dough at your own risk.
  • To slice through the chilled chocolate it helps to dip your knife into very hot water (be sure to dry it off) before each cut.
  • Feel free to use mini chocolate chips if you like.  You’ll get cleaner cuts that way, but a little less chocolate impact, so it’s a trade-off.
  • These are best kept refrigerated.

 

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25 Comments

  • Reply
    LA
    August 25, 2017 at 1:00 am

    Hi Sue!

    I’m just wondering. If these aren’t baked , do they melt or turn too soft when not placed in the fridge for a couple of hours? Thanks!

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 25, 2017 at 6:31 am

      Yes, they do get softer at room temperature, so I think they are better when refrigerated, LA, the texture is firmer.

  • Reply
    Jeanette Waters
    August 3, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Is the only reason the flour is heated is for safety reasons? In other words if it’s not quite to 160 but is a bit less will it still hold together–just curious. Thanks Sue!

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 3, 2017 at 4:46 pm

      It’s just for people who have concerns about the safety of eating raw flour.

  • Reply
    Traci | Vanilla And Bean
    August 2, 2017 at 7:20 am

    I’m a closet cookie dough fan, Sue! So these no bake bars flip my switch. They look so rich and creamy! That chocolate on top is dreamy.. I’m all heart eyes <3 … I didn't know about E. Coli in flour…. sheesh! Thank you for your notes and process to deal with the potential. Delicious work, Sue!

  • Reply
    Lynn
    April 15, 2017 at 7:10 am

    Hi Sue! Glad to be back in LA:) These look amazing ! Your recipes are always inspiring. Best, ~Lynn at Bijouxs

  • Reply
    Natasha @ Salt & Lavender
    April 14, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    I’m seriously tempted by these!! Some of my favorite flavors… *drool*

  • Reply
    Sandi G
    April 14, 2017 at 8:44 am

    I LOVE peanut butter and chocolate together. These bars look incredible.

  • Reply
    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    March 31, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    These bars are just what my Friday needs – that glossy chocolate topping looks so rich and indulgent!

  • Reply
    Gerlinde @Sunnycovechef
    March 31, 2017 at 7:30 am

    What a fun recipe, my husband would love this if I make it for him. Your photos are beautiful.

  • Reply
    Liz @ Floating Kitchen
    March 31, 2017 at 5:11 am

    Never heard about E.Coli in flour before. Interesting. Thanks for the info and the microwave tip. Also, gimme these bars! Definitely gonna make them next week for my friends. They will love them!

  • Reply
    cheri
    March 30, 2017 at 9:23 am

    These are a peanut butter chocolate lovers dream bar. Making these tomorrow as my daughter and son in law are coming for a visit, they will love these.

    • Reply
      Sue
      March 30, 2017 at 9:30 am

      Oooh I hope they like them, and enjoy your visit Cheri!

  • Reply
    Yolie
    March 30, 2017 at 8:44 am

    You are the bomb! So creative. Have you ever experimented with recipes that would be suitable for Passover? The flourless recipes would work and I do have a fabulous chocolate torte recipe that I use yearly. Have you ever tried Matzah flour, just for the heck of it? I think with your innovative spirit you could come up with some fantastic recipes.

    • Reply
      Sue
      March 30, 2017 at 9:26 am

      Thanks so much Yolie! I do have a flourless chocolate cake that I love, and I think you’re right, I should do more recipes like that. I have made matzo balls, but now you’ve got me inspired to experiment :)

  • Reply
    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    March 30, 2017 at 5:28 am

    You had me at no-bake! Loving these delicious bars and the combination of peanut butter and chocolate chip cooking dough is sure to be a winner :)

  • Reply
    Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    March 29, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    I need to make these for my next family dinner party! With that combination, it will be love at first bite for sure. Nice way to get around the flour concerns – you nailed it! Sharing, pinning and hopefully trying very soon!

  • Reply
    Rachel
    March 29, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Okay. These look just divine. Chocolate, peanut butter, no eggs, and no bake. Sounds like a complete winner to me!! DEFINITELY going to try them in the near future!

    Thanks for all your great recipes!!

    • Reply
      Sue
      March 30, 2017 at 9:31 am

      You’re so welcome Rachel ~ thanks for visiting today!

  • Reply
    Chris Scheuer
    March 29, 2017 at 9:09 am

    This would definitely blow my getting-ready-for-spring resolve, but what a way to go! These would fly off the plate at my house, yum!!

    • Reply
      Sue
      March 29, 2017 at 10:30 am

      They disappeared pretty quick here, Chris, in fact, people were checking out the fridge for days after they were long gone…it was sad ;)

  • Reply
    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    March 29, 2017 at 8:11 am

    When you said no bake, I didn’t expect to see flour listed in the ingredients…such a fun and delicious dessert!

    • Reply
      Sue
      March 29, 2017 at 8:23 am

      Well, cookie dough of any kind is so controversial right now. I’m going to experiment and see if I can come up with a ‘flourless’ cookie dough ~ that’ll be quite a challenge, but I’m up for it ;)

  • Reply
    John/Kitchen Riffs
    March 29, 2017 at 7:43 am

    Chocolate. Peanut butter. Say no more. :-) Good recipe. And really nice light on some of the pictures!

    • Reply
      Sue
      March 29, 2017 at 8:07 am

      Say no more is right! Was there ever a better combo? And thanks, I really love shooting chocolate!

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