Peanut Butter S’more 7 Layer Bars.

7 layers of s’more and peanut butter goodness. This dessert is dangerously simple to make!

Peanut Butter S'more 7 Layer Bars by sallysbakingaddiction.com

If you like peanut butter and you like s’mores (who doesn’t?!), then you will flip for my latest concoction. You see, I have a bit of an obsession with making 7 Layer Bars, which are also called “Magic Bars” or “Holly Dolly Bars”…or just plain “awesome.” Whatever you call them, layering a ton of chocolate, marshmallow, peanuts, and Reese’s on top of a graham cracker crust is always a win in my book.

With an apple version and a Snickers version, I knew a s’mores version would fit in nicely.

Peanut Butter S'more 7 Layer Bars by sallysbakingaddiction.com

Today’s recipe is so incredibly easy. That’s the main reason why I love to make 7 Layer Bars: they hardly require any skill or thought. You’re literally throwing a bunch of items on top of each other into a pan and baking. Between moving and planning the wedding, I’m all about easy baking these days. No mixer required, no multiple bowls needed, no extra dirty dishes. Easy peasy.

Brainstorming these bars, I thought of all the flavors that make up a s’more.  Graham crackers: those will be the crust.  Chocolate: that will be the first and most important layer. Marshmallows: those will get nice and toasty on top. What will make up the rest of the layered dessert though? Peanut butter quickly came to mind as I thought of nice pairings for a s’more dessert. I love peanut butter s’mores.

Peanut Butter S'more 7 Layer Bars by sallysbakingaddiction.com

The peanut butter comes in two forms: mini peanut butter cups and peanut butter chips (morsels). Yep, you’re getting a double dose of peanut butter. Would you expect anything less?

I used Reese’s mini peanut butter cups, the same kind I used to decorate my Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Dark Chocolate Frosting. You could also simply chop up a few regular Reese’s peanut butter cups instead. Love these mini little guys!

Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Dark Chocolate Frosting-9

The last two layers are peanuts and sweetened condensed milk. Peanuts are optional, but I loved the extra crunchy texture they gave each bite. If I made these again, I’d add even more peanuts! The sweetened condensed milk, however, is necessary. It is what will bind all of your other peanut butter s’more-y stuff together.

This recipe is for a small batch of 7 Layer Bars, made in a 8×8 size baking pan. Traditional recipes are made in a large 9×13 pan, making about 24-30 squares. Going over to a friends house for double date night, we didn’t need so many. Although Kevin did ask me if there were any leftover bars the next day. There was not.

Today’s recipe may easily be doubled if you’re making for a large family, party, or get together. It’s helpful to note that this recipe, because it’s small, does not use an entire 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk – only 8 ounces. However, if you’d like to double this recipe and make it in a 9×13 pan, you may use a standard 14 oz can and double the rest of the ingredients.

Peanut Butter S'more 7 Layer Bars by sallysbakingaddiction.com

Look at all that marshmallow goo. Peanut Butter S’more 7 Layer Bars, can I eat you everyday? You’d certainly help me get the most out of my gym membership.

The bars take about 35 minutes in the oven.  I covered the pan after about 18 minutes to avoid the marshmallows from getting too brown and looking burnt.  Use your judgment – if the marshmallows are looking too brown, simply remove the pan from the oven and cover with aluminum foil before continuing to bake.

Peanut Butter S'more 7 Layer Bars by sallysbakingaddiction.com

The sturdy graham cracker crust is a s’moregasbord of tempting flavors and textures. You’ve got your crunchy peanuts, melty chocolate, smooth peanut butter chips, creamy peanut butter cups, and ultra gooey marshmallow madness. It’s heaven in bar form.

I’m telling you – these bars are SO easy to make! If you know how to pour things into a pan, you can make these. If you have tastebuds, you’ll like these. If you’re a s’more freak, you’ll LOVE these.

What are you waiting for? #gimmesmore

Peanut Butter S'more 7 Layer Bars by sallysbakingaddiction.com

 

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Peanut Butter S'more 7 Layer Bars

7 layers of s'more and peanut butter goodness. This dessert is dangerously simple to make!

Yield: 12 bars

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 6 full graham crackers ground up)
  • 1/4 cup salted butter, melted
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup chopped Reese's peanut butter cups (I used chopped up mini Reese's)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1/2 cup salted peanuts
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 8 oz sweetened condensed milk (a little more than half of a standard 14 oz can)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F. Line 8-inch or 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Spray generously with non-stick spray. Set aside.

Stir together graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. Mixture will be relatively crumbly. Press onto the bottom of the prepared dish and slightly up the sides. Layer chocolate chips and next 4 ingredients (in that order) into prepared baking pan. Drizzle with sweetened condensed milk.

Bake for 35-38 minutes or until center is set. Allow to cool completely and lift the bars out of the pan using the ends of the parchment. Cut into 12 squares. Bars stay fresh at room temperature for 1 week.

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Do you call them Magic Bars, 7 Layer Bars, or Hello Dolly Bars?

Whatever they are, I call them addicting!

Try my Ultimate Magic Cookie Bars next.

Ultimate Magic Cookie Bars with butterscotch, chocolate, and coconut! Get the recipe at sallysbakingaddiction.com

 

 

 

   

108 Responses to “Peanut Butter S’more 7 Layer Bars.”

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    Laura Dembowskiposted April 6, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Love pb and marshmallow together! Such an awesome combination. All the flavors and textures in these bars sound great.

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    Carrieposted June 15, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    I love your site! Every time I need a special recipe for a party or get-together this is the first place I go! (You had me AND my friends hooked after I used your amazing peppermint patty cookie bar recipe for santacon last xmas…)

    These will be perfect for this afternoon’s sunny day bbq! Thanks Sally!!

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    • Sallyreplied on June 15th, 2013 at 1:45 pm

      So glad to be your “go-to” spot for recipes. :) Thanks Carrie!

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    Sam @ Better With Sprinklesposted July 15, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Hi Sally!
    I’m making these for a BBQ this weekend, and clearly the more, the merrier – I’m doubling the recipe in a 9 x 13. Does the baking time need to be adjusted at all?

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    • Sallyreplied on July 15th, 2013 at 6:12 pm

      Hi Sam! Sounds like a fun BBQ ahead. This recipe may easily be doubled to fit a 9×13 pan – however, I am unsure of the baking time. Just keep your eye on them. Enjoy!

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    Lauren @ Sweat The Sweet Stuffposted July 25, 2013 at 12:35 am

    Oh my lord these look amazing! SO excited I found your blog! Too much goodness! I’m now a follower on pinterest! :)

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    • Sallyreplied on July 25th, 2013 at 12:58 pm

      Hey Lauren! so glad you follow my blog here and on Pinterest. Thank you! You have to try these 7 layer bars. So easy to make!

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    Stephanieposted August 9, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Made these and they are yummy! Didn’t even add the pb cups or peanuts and they were still easy and delish! Next time, I will add more marshmallows. Thanks, Sally!

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    Nancyposted January 20, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    So…just made these, need some tips. The marshmallows got kind of hard, they also turned brown pretty quickly, I was cooking on convection at 350 so don’t know if that is why, basically I think I overcooked the whole batch…my kids liked them but they were a bit crunchy and again, marshmallows were hard, recommendations, what did I do wrong? Thanks! I’m a peanut butter lover so am hoping to make these again!

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    • Sallyreplied on January 21st, 2014 at 9:02 am

      Hi Nancy! I’m going to suggest reducing the temperature down to 325F. Sometimes when I bake in a convection oven, I find that the tops of my cookie bars, brownies, etc brown quicker due to the heat circulation. Try covering the pan loosely with aluminum foil too. And you know what’s helpful too? Immediately after you pull them ou t of the oven, sprinkle with a few additional marshmallows. They will melt down because of the warmth of the bars and still be soft when the bars cool off.

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      • Nancyreplied on January 22nd, 2014 at 6:25 pm

        So, my second batch came out much better, I used regular setting vs. convection setting on my oven for 350, I covered the bars after 10 minutes as that’s when they started getting brown, then took them out after total of maybe 35 minutes, yum, these were so good! I think next time I make them I will use the mini mini reese’s cups, think that will be better than big reese’s cut down which is what I did originally. Next project, onto the snickers caramel layer bars which you have here!

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    Krisstinaposted September 28, 2014 at 11:42 am

    These look amazeballs! Especially being 8 months pregnant! However, this page is not showing the recipe? I need this recipe! Is there a way to fix it (for others to try as well) or please email it to me?!

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    • Sallyreplied on September 28th, 2014 at 7:36 pm

      Looks like it was a coding error. Thanks Krisstina, I just fixed it.

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