Southern peanut bar cookies: A retro peanut brittle-like cookie recipe

Peanut brittle cookie bars with Munch bars

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This Southern peanut bar cookie is a delicious bar cookie that’s almost like a peanut brittle blondie! They’re made with rich Munch peanut brittle candy bars.

Here’s how the original recipe looked years ago. (PS: Snickers no longer is the company behind Munch bars.)

Peanut brittle Southern peanut bar cookie recipe (60s & 70s)

Southern peanut bar cookies recipe

ALSO SEE: Peanut brittle cookie recipe (1953)

Now, get crunching on this indulgent peanut brittle Southern peanut bar cookie recipe!

Peanut brittle Snickers Southern peanut bars - Vintage recipe from 1970s 1980s

Southern peanut bars

Yield: 16 cookie bars
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 1-1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 5 ounces of chopped peanut Munch Bars (about 3 bars)


  1. Combine 1 cup flour and confectioners' sugar in a bowl.
  2. Cut in butter or margarine with a pastry blender until mixture resembles cornmeal.
  3. Sprinkle mixture on bottom of 9- by 9- by 2-inch baking pan; pat down firmly. Bake at 375 (F) for 10 minutes, or until golden.
  4. Lower heat to 325 (F).
  5. Beat eggs, brown sugar, remaining 1/4 cup flour, baking powder, and vanilla in bowl.
  6. Stir in Munch candy bars.
  7. Pour mixture over bottom layer.
  8. Bake 20 minutes, or until brown.
  9. Cool in pan or on wire rack, then cut into bars.
  10. Garnish with colored coconut, if you wish.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 246Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 75mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 1gSugar: 15gProtein: 5g

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