Peanut Butter Crunch Bars Recipe – with Krusteaz


Disclosure: Then Party Bluprints Blog received free product to test for this review.

Recently, we were treated to a few boxes of Krusteaz Deep Dish Cookie Mix.  I knew that they would be a big hit with my kids, because my boys are fans of the “hot and gooey” cookie.  Truth is – so am I!    And, they did not disappoint, so I wanted to share them with you!


Not only is Krusteaz’s Molten Deep Dish cookie mix delicious and super easy to make and bake, the company has a wonderful story and a BIG heart.  They support their community in may ways, including donations to Northwest Harvest, Food Lifeline, and other food banks.  They were a founding sponsor of the Eugene Women’s Half Marathon supporting the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon and American Cancer Society. They are also a partner with the Marine Toys For Tots Foundation.   You can connect with Krusteaz on facebook and twitter.

I can’t wait to make these for the kids and my husband!

Peanut Butter Crunch Bars

Prep Time 15 min – Total Time 1 hr – Servings 16


  • 1 package Krusteaz Molten Deep Dish Classic Cookie Mix
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 pouch Molten Chocolate (enclosed)
  • ½ cup chopped peanuts


  • Preheat oven to 350?F.
  • Lightly grease 8×8-inch pan.
  • In medium bowl, stir together cookie mix, butter, egg, and chocolate chips.
  • In separate bowl, blend peanut butter and sweetened condensed milk.
  • Press half of cookie dough into prepared pan.
  • Spread molten chocolate filling over dough.
  • Top with peanut butter mixture.
  • Crumble remaining cookie dough over peanut butter layer and top with nuts.
  • Bake 36-40 minutes or until center is set.

Krusteaz Story:

It began in 1932, with the women of a Seattle bridge club and a great idea they had for an easy-to-make pie crust. Since then, Krusteaz (a clever combination of “crust” and “ease”) has come to stand for home-baked and convenient fresh-from-the-oven goodness. 

That spirit of innovation continued with the introduction in the 1940’s of our Krusteaz “just add water” Pancake Mix, a unique concept at the time, and one of the products we’re most known for today. In the 60’s, we spread the word in a way that was as novel as our pancake mix: the Krusteaz Kurtesy Kitchen, a fully-equipped “traveling diner” that served up free pancake breakfasts throughout the Northwest.

Over the years our product line has expanded to include biscuits, muffins, brownies, breads, desserts and more for an ever increasing loyal following practically any place people enjoy delicious pancakes and baked goods…in homes, at restaurants, for our armed forces and we were even the brand of choice served to the thousands of hungry workers who built the Alaska Pipeline!

The innovative spirit that helped us grow from a popular Northwest tradition to a national favorite continues to inspire us as we create new ways to delight the next generation of Krusteaz families.

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