Peanut Butter Fudgy M&M Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these amazing #brownies have only 6 ingredients! They are so quick & easy but also rich, decadent & heavenly. Terrific #dessert for summer #holidays, backyard BBQs, #tailgating parties or for #ChristmasCookieExchanges. #DarkChocolate #Fudge #MMs #cookie #PeanutButter #Peanuts #chocolate #HolidayDessert #PeanutButterFudgyMMBars #ChocolateDessert #MMDessert

Peanut Butter Fudgy M&M Bars

June 6, 2014Teresa

Peanut Butter Fudgy M&M Bars are amazing. Peanut butter lovers and chocolate lovers are going to fly to the moon when they taste these spectacular dessert bars! Each luscious Peanut Butter Fudgy M&M Bar is filled with a lovely crunchy peanut butter batter that starts with a cake mix and crunchy peanut butter.  Then the bar is topped with a chocolate fudge-peanut butter frosting. This six-ingredient recipe will knock your socks off!

Finally, M&Ms and chopped peanuts are sprinkled on top. These two main ingredients provide a double component of crunch and flavor. Chocolate and peanut butter! Oh, yum. And, seriously, chocolate and peanut butter together is a marriage made in heaven. 🙂

I love when a recipe comes together! Especially when it comes from the back of a cake mix box! I was actually baking a cake a couple of years ago and found this recipe on the side panel of the box. I clipped the recipe and taped it into one of my big recipe books to try “down the road.”

Well, “down the road” came a couple of days ago. I wanted to make something to take along on a mission trip our church is taking to a Navaho Reservation in Arizona next week. I thought all the kids (and perhaps a few of the adults 🙂  going on the trip would enjoy a gooey treat. It’s a long 1,100 mile trek from Texas to Arizona. I made up a batch of these tasty goodies and stuck them in the freezer to pull out when we go.

Chocolate and peanut butter permeated the air and I just loved the texture of these bars. I love peanut butter in anything sweet. I love chocolate, and I love M&Ms. What’s not to like in a bar with these three major food groups? 🙂

I’m going as the chief cook and bottle washer on this mission trip. Along with a good friend, we have the privilege of cooking for our group of 20 or so. Plus 10-15 more every day for about eight days, three meals a day. Whew, we will be two busy ladies and on our feet from before sunup to after sundown each day.

So during that stretch of time I will be too busy to post anything on my blog. But I will be sharing many of the recipes I’ve posted here over the past two years with all of our team members and others we will be working with. I will actually enjoy getting to make many of my favorite recipes again. And as many of you know, I really enjoy cooking for company no matter how much work is involved. We actually leave for Arizona on the anniversary of the first post I published two years ago!

If you’re looking for rich, chocolaty, peanut butter decadence then you need to give Peanut Butter Fudgy M&M Bars a try. Every bite is irresistible. It leaves you wanting more, and more, and more! But be prepared for ooey, gooey and sensational along the way as well. 🙂

I originally published this recipe in June 2014. My bars were really gooey and messy because I didn’t refrigerate them before taking pictures. I recently remade this recipe (June 2019) for our church’s Connection Class luncheon. I served them for dessert along with Oatmeal Scotchies. These delectable “brownies” were almost cleaned out. 🙂

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Peanut Butter Fudgy M&M Bars are sensational dessert bars.

Peanut Butter Fudgy M&M Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these amazing #brownies have only 6 ingredients! They are so quick & easy but also rich, decadent & heavenly. Terrific #dessert for summer #holidays, backyard BBQs, #tailgating parties or for #ChristmasCookieExchanges. #DarkChocolate #Fudge #MMs #cookie #PeanutButter #Peanuts #chocolate #HolidayDessert #PeanutButterFudgyMMBars #ChocolateDessert #MMDessert

This side view shows all the rich, creamy dark chocolate frosting loaded on the top.

Peanut Butter Fudgy M&M Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these amazing #brownies have only 6 ingredients! They are so quick & easy but also rich, decadent & heavenly. Terrific #dessert for summer #holidays, backyard BBQs, #tailgating parties or for #ChristmasCookieExchanges. #DarkChocolate #Fudge #MMs #cookie #PeanutButter #Peanuts #chocolate #HolidayDessert #PeanutButterFudgyMMBars #ChocolateDessert #MMDessert

If you like peanut butter and chocolate, you’ll love these rich, over-the-top dessert bars.

Here’s what I did.

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I used these ingredients. 

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Pour cake mix into a large mixing bowl. Add crunchy peanut butter, egg and water.

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Whisk to combine, or beat on a low speed with an electric mixer.

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Grease a 9×13″ glass baking dish. Add peanut butter batter to pan and smooth the top.

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Bake at 350 about 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely.

Peanut Butter Fudgy M&M Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these amazing #brownies have only 6 ingredients! They are so quick & easy but also rich, decadent & heavenly. Terrific #dessert for summer #holidays, backyard BBQs, #tailgating parties or for #ChristmasCookieExchanges. #DarkChocolate #Fudge #MMs #cookie #PeanutButter #Peanuts #chocolate #HolidayDessert #PeanutButterFudgyMMBars #ChocolateDessert #MMDessert

Mix a can of dark chocolate fudge frosting with crunchy peanut butter.

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Stir to combine.

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Spread frosting over top of peanut butter bars.

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Sprinkle with M&Ms. Gently press the M&Ms into the frosting so they don’t move around.

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Add chopped peanuts. Press the peanuts slightly into the frosting as well.

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I cut my pieces small because these are rather rich. Also, I wanted them to go farther so all the folks on the trip could sample one.

Peanut Butter Fudgy M&M Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these amazing #brownies have only 6 ingredients! They are so quick & easy but also rich, decadent & heavenly. Terrific #dessert for summer #holidays, backyard BBQs, #tailgating parties or for #ChristmasCookieExchanges. #DarkChocolate #Fudge #MMs #cookie #PeanutButter #Peanuts #chocolate #HolidayDessert #PeanutButterFudgyMMBars #ChocolateDessert #MMDessert

Peanut Butter Fudgy M&M Bars are so mouthwatering and delicious.

Peanut Butter Fudgy M&M Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these amazing #brownies have only 6 ingredients! They are so quick & easy but also rich, decadent & heavenly. Terrific #dessert for summer #holidays, backyard BBQs, #tailgating parties or for #ChristmasCookieExchanges. #DarkChocolate #Fudge #MMs #cookie #PeanutButter #Peanuts #chocolate #HolidayDessert #PeanutButterFudgyMMBars #ChocolateDessert #MMDessert

If you want a rich and decadent dessert, Peanut Butter Fudgy M&M Bars will do it! (Especially if you use dark chocolate fudge frosting.)

Here’s the recipe.

PEANUT BUTTER FUDGY M&M BARS

(Recipe from Pillsbury)

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Rich and decadent, this sensational dessert bar starts with a cake mix and crunchy peanut butter for the base. Then it's topped with dark chocolate fudge frosting mixed with more crunchy peanut butter. Finally the frosting is covered with M&Ms and chopped peanuts. It's fabulous for potlucks, tailgating parties or summer holiday fun like Memorial Day, Fourth of July or Labor Day.
Peanut Butter Fudgy M&M Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these amazing #brownies have only 6 ingredients! They are so quick & easy but also rich, decadent & heavenly. Terrific #dessert for summer #holidays, backyard BBQs, #tailgating parties or for #ChristmasCookieExchanges. #DarkChocolate #Fudge #MMs #cookie #PeanutButter #Peanuts #chocolate #HolidayDessert #PeanutButterFudgyMMBars #ChocolateDessert #MMDessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
Peanut Butter Fudgy M&M Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these amazing #brownies have only 6 ingredients! They are so quick & easy but also rich, decadent & heavenly. Terrific #dessert for summer #holidays, backyard BBQs, #tailgating parties or for #ChristmasCookieExchanges. #DarkChocolate #Fudge #MMs #cookie #PeanutButter #Peanuts #chocolate #HolidayDessert #PeanutButterFudgyMMBars #ChocolateDessert #MMDessert
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350°.
  2. Grease or spray a 9x13” glass baking dish.
  3. In large mixing bowl, combine cake mix, 1 cup crunchy peanut butter, water and egg and mix until well combined.
  4. Spread into bottom of prepared baking dish. Smooth the top really well.
  5. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until puffy and golden brown or a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  6. Cool completely.
  7. In a small mixing bowl blend chocolate fudge frosting with ½ cup crunchy peanut butter.
  8. Spread over top of the cooled bars.
  9. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts, then M&Ms.
  10. Gently press the peanuts and M&Ms into the icing.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: I recommend refrigerating or freezing the bars before cutting, so the icing is not quite so goopy.

NOTE: If your cake mix is not 18.25 ounces, you may need to add a couple of ounces of flour to bring it up to that amount. Otherwise, the brownies will not have the same texture.

Recipe adapted from Pillsbury.
© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

 

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Recipe Type: Cookies, Brownies and Bars
Cuisine: American
Author: Teresa Ambra – recipe from [url href=”http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/peanut-butter-cup-bars/9e6304d6-a854-4866-af1f-dd5bd26219e3″ target=”_blank” title=”peanut butter cup bars”]Pillsbury[/url]
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Serves: 24
Rich and decadent, this sensational dessert bar starts with a cake mix and crunchy peanut butter for the base, then it’s topped with chocolate fudge frosting mixed with more crunchy peanut butter. Finally the frosting is covered with M&Ms and chopped peanuts.
Ingredients
  • 18.25-oz. pkg. Pillsbury Golden Butter recipe cake mix
  • 1 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 egg
  • 16-oz. can chocolate fudge frosting
  • ½ cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 cup M&Ms
  • ½ cup chopped peanuts
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350°.
  2. Grease or spray a 9×13” glass baking dish.
  3. In large mixing bowl, combine cake mix, 1 cup peanut butter, water and egg and mix until well combined.
  4. Spread into bottom of prepared baking dish.
  5. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until puffy and golden brown or a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  6. Cool completely.
  7. In a small mixing bowl blend chocolate fudge frosting with ½ cup peanut butter.
  8. Spread over top of the cooled bars.
  9. Sprinkle with M&Ms and chopped peanuts.
Peanut Butter Fudgy M&M Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these amazing #brownies have only 6 ingredients! They are so quick & easy but also rich, decadent & heavenly. Terrific #dessert for summer #holidays, backyard BBQs, #tailgating parties or for #ChristmasCookieExchanges. #DarkChocolate #Fudge #MMs #cookie #PeanutButter #Peanuts #chocolate #HolidayDessert #PeanutButterFudgyMMBars #ChocolateDessert #MMDessert

Peanut Butter Fudgy M&M Bars are great for holiday baking or tailgating parties. Everyone will be licking their fingers!

Peanut Butter Fudgy M&M Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these amazing #brownies have only 6 ingredients! They are so quick & easy but also rich, decadent & heavenly. Terrific #dessert for summer #holidays, backyard BBQs, #tailgating parties or for #ChristmasCookieExchanges. #DarkChocolate #Fudge #MMs #cookie #PeanutButter #Peanuts #chocolate #HolidayDessert #PeanutButterFudgyMMBars #ChocolateDessert #MMDessert

Don’t Peanut Butter Fudgy M&M Bars look marvelous?

Peanut Butter Fudgy M&M Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these amazing #brownies have only 6 ingredients! They are so quick & easy but also rich, decadent & heavenly. Terrific #dessert for summer #holidays, backyard BBQs, #tailgating parties or for #ChristmasCookieExchanges. #DarkChocolate #Fudge #MMs #cookie #PeanutButter #Peanuts #chocolate #HolidayDessert #PeanutButterFudgyMMBars #ChocolateDessert #MMDessert

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Print Recipe
Peanut Butter Fudgy M&M Bars BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list Yum
Rich and decadent, this sensational dessert bar starts with a cake mix and crunchy peanut butter for the base. Then it's topped with dark chocolate fudge frosting mixed with more crunchy peanut butter. Finally the frosting is covered with M&Ms and chopped peanuts. It's fabulous for potlucks, tailgating parties or summer holiday fun like Memorial Day, Fourth of July or Labor Day.
Peanut Butter Fudgy M&M Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these amazing #brownies have only 6 ingredients! They are so quick & easy but also rich, decadent & heavenly. Terrific #dessert for summer #holidays, backyard BBQs, #tailgating parties or for #ChristmasCookieExchanges. #DarkChocolate #Fudge #MMs #cookie #PeanutButter #Peanuts #chocolate #HolidayDessert #PeanutButterFudgyMMBars #ChocolateDessert #MMDessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
Peanut Butter Fudgy M&M Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these amazing #brownies have only 6 ingredients! They are so quick & easy but also rich, decadent & heavenly. Terrific #dessert for summer #holidays, backyard BBQs, #tailgating parties or for #ChristmasCookieExchanges. #DarkChocolate #Fudge #MMs #cookie #PeanutButter #Peanuts #chocolate #HolidayDessert #PeanutButterFudgyMMBars #ChocolateDessert #MMDessert
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350°.
  2. Grease or spray a 9x13” glass baking dish.
  3. In large mixing bowl, combine cake mix, 1 cup crunchy peanut butter, water and egg and mix until well combined.
  4. Spread into bottom of prepared baking dish. Smooth the top really well.
  5. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until puffy and golden brown or a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  6. Cool completely.
  7. In a small mixing bowl blend chocolate fudge frosting with ½ cup crunchy peanut butter.
  8. Spread over top of the cooled bars.
  9. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts, then M&Ms.
  10. Gently press the peanuts and M&Ms into the icing.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: I recommend refrigerating or freezing the bars before cutting, so the icing is not quite so goopy.

NOTE: If your cake mix is not 18.25 ounces, you may need to add a couple of ounces of flour to bring it up to that amount. Otherwise, the brownies will not have the same texture.

Recipe adapted from Pillsbury.
© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

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