Fudgy Peanut Butter Bars made with a cake mix base

It’s a new week and my calendar is blessedly empty.  I still have regular things like teaching piano lessons, volunteering at my daughter’s school and church activities, but there are no extra appointments, no company coming, nothing!!  I feel so free!  I am sure that by tomorrow the kids will mention a few extra things they need me to do, but for now, in this moment, I have an easy week ahead of me.  So how do I celebrate?  I make easy meals and easy desserts.   These Fudgy Peanut Butter Bars qualify!My family really doesn’t like plain cake.  However my husband saw a grocery ad for cheap cake mixes and asked me to pick up a few.  He was the one, about a year ago,  that told me not to buy any more.  I have given up trying to predict what he will want to eat.  So, while I did buy a couple of mixes, I have only made cake once and even then, it was in cupcake form.  Instead, I have made “desserts” with those mixes.  These particular bars, while gobbled up in no time, were deemed “very rich” by my husband and “like a bite of diabetes” by one of my son’s friends.  Be warned, you may want to cut them into small servings.

Fudgy Peanut Butter Bars made with a cake mix base

Fudgy Peanut Butter Bars



  • 1 yellow cake mix
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 cup s semi sweet chocolate chips
  1. In a glass bowl, melt the ½ cup butter and peanut butter in the microwave.
  2. Stir in the cake mix and 2 eggs.
  3. Pat half of the mixture into the bottom of a greased 9×13 pan.
  4. In another glass bowl, combine the 2 Tbsp butter and chocolate chips.
  5. Melt in the microwave for 1 minute, stir and if needed cook for 1 more minute.
  6. Add the sweetened condensed milk and stir until smooth.
  7. Pour the chocolate mixture over the peanut butter dough.
  8. Gently put the remaining half of the dough on top of the chocolate.
  9. Bake at 325 for 25 minutes.
  10. Cool completely and then cut into bars.



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