Choco-peanut butter bar cookies: A delicious after-school flashback (1972)

Vintage recipe for choco-peanut butter bar cookies

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Rekindle the sweetness of yesteryear with a classic after-school snack that stands the taste test of time — and is bound to stir up some warmth and nostalgia!

This choco-peanut butter bar cookies recipe captures the simple pleasure of a homemade treat, a familiar welcome home after a long day — best enjoyed with a cold glass of milk and a side of sweet childhood memories.

Choco-Peanut Butter Bars recipe from the 70s

Schooltime’s here! Time to stock up on pencils and notebooks. And the makings for new the easy choco-peanut butter bar recipe here — chewy and crunchy at the same time.

Choco-peanut butter bar cookies (1972)

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Retro recipe for Choco-peanut butter bar cookies at ClickAmericana com

Vintage recipe for choco-peanut butter bar cookies

Choco-peanut butter bar cookies

Yield: 32
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Here's a classic recipe from the 1970s for delicious chocolate-peanut bar cookies


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1-1/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate morsels
  • 1/2 cup salted peanuts, chopped


  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Grease oblong pan, 13- x 9- x 2-inches.
  3. Mix together shortening, peanut butter, sugars and egg.
  4. Stir in next five ingredients and one package of chocolate chips.
  5. Spread in pan.
  6. Bake about 20 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle with other package of chocolate morsels over baked layer.
  8. Place baking sheet over pan so contained heat will soften morsels. 
  9. Spread softened chocolate evenly and sprinkle with peanuts.
  10. Cut into bars about 3- x 1-inch each.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 32 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 199Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 87mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 4g

Click Americana offers approximate nutrition information as a general reference only, and we make no warranties regarding its accuracy. Please make any necessary calculations based on the actual ingredients used in your recipe, and consult with a qualified healthcare professional if you have dietary concerns.

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