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Chubby Hubby Cookie Bars

Recipe By Tessa Arias
September 28th, 2012

Chubby Hubby Cookie Bars have a crunchy and chewy crust with a super fudgy chocolate filling. Such a sweet treat!

Yield: 32 bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook: 15 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: Like the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream! If you haven’t had that these bars are sort of like a Take 5 candy bar, but with malted milk flavor instead of caramel.
Texture: The cookie crust is crunchy and chewy while the chocolate filling is super fudgy. Then there’s creamy peanut butter and a chocolate covered pretzel to top it all off!
Ease: Pretty easy, the hardest part is waiting for the bars to chill in the fridge.
Appearance: My grocery store was out of regular sized chocolate covered pretzels so I had to buy mini ones. I cut my bars into little bite size squares which were adorable. However, feel free to make the recipe as written with full-sized pretzels!
Pros: Such a sinfully delicious combination of flavors.
Cons: None.
Would I make this again? Yes.

Chubby Hubby Cookie Bars have a crunchy and chewy crust with a super fudgy chocolate filling. Such a sweet treat!

Chubby Hubby Cookie Bars

Chubby Hubby Cookie Bars

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Deliciously crunchy and chewy crust with a super fudgy chocolate filling!

How to make
Chubby Hubby Cookie Bars

Yield: 32 bars
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Inactive Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Chubby Hubby Cookie Bars have a crunchy and chewy crust with a super fudgy chocolate filling. Such a sweet treat!


For the Cookie Base:

  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup malted milk powder
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda

For the Filling:

  • 1 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 12 ounces milk or semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 32 chocolate covered pretzel twists


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a 13x9-inch baking pan with parchment or foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the butter, milk and brown sugar until well combined and smooth. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until fully combined. Slowly beat in the malted milk powder, flour, salt and baking soda.
  3. Press cookie dough into prepared baking pan. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and set on a cooling rack to cool completely.
  4. Meanwhile, in large saucepan set over medium-low heat, heat the condensed milk and butter until the butter is melted and the mixture is warmed. Remove from heat and add the chocolate, stirring until melted and smooth. Pour over cooled cookie crust.
  5. In a microwave safe measuring cup or small bowl, heat the peanut butter for 30 seconds, or until melted and thin. Drizzle over fudge filling. Immediately press the chocolate covered pretzels into the bars. Refrigerate cookies for 2 hours or overnight before cutting into bars and serving.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Shugary Sweets
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — September 28, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Oh my word, these look fantastic!!!

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    Cathy @ Noble Pig — September 28, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    I hate plot runiers!! It makes our DVR useless!! These look amazing and Take 5’s are my all-time fave.

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    Vera Zecevic – Cupcakes Garden — October 1, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    I adore the way this dessert looks like! Just perfect and elegant and it must be taste too! I pined it to my Pinterest dessert board!

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      Tessa — October 2, 2012 at 9:09 pm

      Thank you!

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    Therese — October 2, 2012 at 6:09 am

    Just found your blog via Pinterest and I love it! These look amazing! I am going to have to try these! Repinning!

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      Tessa — October 2, 2012 at 9:10 pm

      Thank you! I love pinterest. I appreciate you repinning 🙂

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    Life’s a Bowl — October 3, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    These sound sinfully sweet, holy YUM!!!

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