Ultimate Reese’s® Magic Cookie Bars

by Jennifer on January 9, 2013

in Brownies & Bars, Candy, Peanut Butter & Chocolate

Ultimate Reese's Magic Cookie Bars by Not Your Momma's Cookie

If you’re an instagram follower (which you should be if you like to see super cute kitties and Swiss Colony beef logs), you saw this lovely picture this weekend:


It was my 5 year wedding anniversary on Saturday. We don’t really do much for our anniversary – it is during the post-holiday “blah” period, so we’re kind of over the gift-giving and sugar-gorging. But, we happen to live very close to where we tied the knot, so we try to go there, if we can. It is always quiet, so we walk in, hand-in-hand, and just enjoy the moment and think about that whirlwind of a day.

Getting ready…

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Seeing one another for the first time…

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We took the time for fun pictures…

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And even had a dance party!

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There were heartfelt words…

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And silly ones too…

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But, the most important thing was that there was love.

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Loads of it.

And there are loads of Reese’s® goodness in these bars! (see what I did there?)

Ultimate Reese's Magic Cookie Bars by Not Your Momma's Cookie

Seriously, they are exploding with chocolatey-peanut butter awesomeness. Start with a buttery, peanut butter cookie crust. Add chocolate and peanut butter chips, chopped peanuts, a big ‘ol bag of Reese’s® minis, and slather on some sweetened condensed milk. Try not to burn yourself as you shove a “straight from the oven” piece into your mouth.

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Ultimate Reese’s Magic Cookie Bars
The ultimate dessert for chocolate & peanut butter lovers!
Recipe type: Brownies & Bars
Serves: 24
  • ⅓ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1½ cups peanut butter sandwich cookie crumbs (this has a very thin crust – for a thicker crust, double the butter and cookie crumbs)
  • 2 cups chocolate and peanut butter chips
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped peanuts
  • 8 ounce bag of Reese’s minis
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously grease a 9×13 pan.
  2. Combine the melted butter and peanut butter sandwich cookie crumbs. Stir with a fork until combined. Press into the bottom of the greased pan.
  3. Add a layer of chocolate/peanut butter chips, then the peanuts, and then the Reese’s minis over the crust. Drizzle the sweetened condensed milk evenly over the entire pan.
  4. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool before cutting into bars (seriously, it won’t work until it’s cool!)
Adapted from Eagle Brand magic cookie bars.


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1 Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings January 9, 2013 at 8:26 am

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Wonderful post!!


2 Jennifer January 9, 2013 at 9:18 am

Thanks, Elizabeth!! You’ll be celebrating your first anniversary before you know it :)


3 Julia {The Roasted Root} January 9, 2013 at 8:50 am

I’m a total sucker for chocolate and peanut butter together. Your magic cookie bars look addicting!


4 Jennifer January 9, 2013 at 9:18 am

Thanks, Julia! They are totally addicting – thankfully, my husband took them into work, so they didn’t stick around the house that long :)


5 the cape on the corner January 9, 2013 at 9:44 am

great pictures! is that william and mary college? that sounds stalkery, but i just toured it in october when we were there for a long weekend…our guide told us there is a huge wait to get married in that church, like you have to reserve it lots of years ahead. did you find that to be the case? maybe that guy’s a liar… :)


6 Jennifer January 9, 2013 at 9:56 am

Yes, it is William & Mary!! I went there for college and also worked in the Wren building while I was a student (giving tours and such). What the guide told you is kind of half true – you can “hold” a month years in advance, like you call and say, “I want a date in November 2014.” So, you get on a list for that month – depending on the popularity of the month, you might be higher or lower on the list. Once your month is one year out, say in November 2013, you get a call from the director and then you can pick your actual date. When I was there, we could do 4 weddings in one Saturday, and then more on Sunday! In fact, as soon as my husband and I got engaged, I called and put my name down for January 2008 – I was first in line – January is not the most popular wedding month ;)

Were you visiting as a tourist? I just ask because if you wanted to know more about the College, I’d be happy to answer any questions :)


7 the cape on the corner January 10, 2013 at 9:30 am

wow, 4 weddings in one day? that’s crazy. we went to williamsburg for a long weekend, and did a food tour in merchant’s square and around the college, which also included a tour of the college. what a great space!


8 Jennifer January 10, 2013 at 11:57 am

Oh, fun! Williamsburg is such a nice place to visit :)


9 Hani(haniela's) January 9, 2013 at 11:09 am

So Beautiful!


10 Jennifer January 9, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Thanks, Hani :)


11 Lizy B January 9, 2013 at 11:16 am

Congratulations on your anniversary!! Love your husband’s argyle socks!!


12 Jennifer January 9, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Thanks, Elizabeth! It was my one bridezilla request for the groomsmen to wear matching socks :) They didn’t mind!


13 Paula January 9, 2013 at 11:18 am

Happy Anniversary! Loved this look back at your wedding day. The photos are wonderful and I love your tradition of going back to the church and just reflecting.


14 Jennifer January 9, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Thank you so much, Paula! It is so special to me that we can go back there every year :)


15 Patricia @ ButterYum January 9, 2013 at 11:20 am

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!! What a cute and fun couple you two are – thanks for sharing your special photos (btw, stunning dress!!). Now I have to go back and take a look at your yummy recipe ;) .


16 Jennifer January 9, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Thanks, Patricia!! I guess the wedding photos overshadowed the magic cookie bars a little ;)

It is such a funny story on that dress. I saw it online and knew it was the one. I called every salon in Tidewater Virginia and only one had the dress so I could try it on…in my size and the color I wanted (light gold)! It was 4 hours away, so my mom and I made the trip together. We ended up at this teeny, tiny dress shop on the Eastern Shore, tried on the dress, and they sold me the sample (which hadn’t even been tried on before) – brought it back with us that day :) It was the only one I tried on!


17 Patricia @ ButterYum January 9, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Well then, I guess it was meant to be ;) . Gotta love when things fall into place like that.


18 Jennifer January 9, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Yes, indeed :)


19 Carrie's Creations January 9, 2013 at 11:24 am

What a beautiful post. I almost teared up a little. :)

And these bars. OMG. I would totally burn my mouth trying to eat one asap from the oven.


20 Jennifer January 9, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Thanks, Carrie :) It was so fun going back through our wedding photos to share with everyone!

These bars are insane. I had to make my husband take them to work to get them out of the house!


21 Sue {munchkin munchies} January 9, 2013 at 11:26 am

Your bars put the original recipe to shame:) Happy Anniversary! What a great post. Looks like your wedding was fabulous and fun! Your hair looks so pretty!


22 Jennifer January 9, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Thank you, Sue! :) The wedding was such a blast and it means so much that we can go back there every year!


23 Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking} January 9, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Happy Anniversary! You were a beautiful bride!!

Your cookie bars sound amazing gf! :)


24 Jennifer January 9, 2013 at 1:07 pm

Aww, thanks, Rachael! :)


25 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts January 9, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Congrats on 5 years!! What a great thing to be able to go back to each year.
And these bars – insane!! Love anything with peanut Reese’s!


26 Jennifer January 9, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Thanks, Erin! It really is special to go back :)


27 Britt January 9, 2013 at 1:51 pm

These Reese’s bars look fabulous. We’re huge fans of chocolate/peanut butter at my house- I’m sure these would be a hit!

And your wedding photos are just so sweet and beautiful. What a cool tradition to go to the same place every year. Happy five years!!


28 Jennifer January 9, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Thanks, Britt! The bars are awesome…and the wedding wasn’t too bad, either ;)


29 Mike @ Semi Sweet January 9, 2013 at 3:04 pm

Happy Anniversary!! Thanks for sharing those beautiful pictures. What a perfect location for a wedding!


30 Jennifer January 9, 2013 at 4:27 pm

Thank you, Mike :)


31 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious January 10, 2013 at 1:08 am

Happy 5 yr wedding anniversary! You guys are just too cute!

And these bars are just heavenly!


32 Jennifer January 10, 2013 at 8:06 am

Thanks, Chung-Ah! :)


33 Averie @ Averie Cooks January 10, 2013 at 3:26 am

Fabulous bars and your photos are gorgeous…I would give my right arm for your beautiful hair!


34 Jennifer January 10, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Awww, thank you, Averie! Our photographer must have done some crazy Photoshop magic on my hair – it is not normally like that ;)


35 susie January 10, 2013 at 8:59 am

Happy Anniversary! I love the pics! I will find you on Instagram…I follow people then have to delete them (like Twitter) cuz they are waaaay to busy on there. I really don’t care what color the Beiber’s shoes, tie, laces, or sidewalk is….yummy bars! We call it Instagram Diarrhea!


36 susie January 10, 2013 at 9:00 am

wait! we call the Beebes Instagram Diarrhea…not the yummy chocolate bars! Must…edit..comments!


37 Jennifer January 10, 2013 at 12:13 pm

I know what you meant! :)


38 Jennifer January 10, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Haha – some people take pictures of everything, which is a little much ;)


39 Janine - sugarkissed.net January 10, 2013 at 10:26 am

Happy 5th anniversary! Love your dress! I also love the fun pic with the argyle socks :)


40 Jennifer January 10, 2013 at 11:56 am

Thanks, Janine! :)


41 Liz January 10, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Happy Anniversary!


42 Jennifer January 10, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Thank you, Liz :)


43 Yvonne @ bitter baker January 18, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Mm, these look gorgeous! Truly an ultimate cookie bar :)


44 Jennifer January 18, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Thanks, Yvonne! They are ultimate, for sure! :)


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