Y’all are gonna love this Hello Dolly Bars recipe with peanut butter chips. This is one of my favorite chocolate dessert recipes. Hello Dolly bars are one of my favorite treats, with peanut butter and chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, pecans, and coconut.
I have never been a huge fan of shredded coconut, but let’s just be honest here, anything drizzled in sweetened condensed milk tastes good.
I had some peanut butter chips left over from another cooking project, so I decided to live on the edge and add those to the recipe. The bars turned out amazing.
The recipe for Hello Dolly Bars is almost identical to seven layer bars, but without the butterscotch chips.
I’ve taken these bars to church potlucks and everyone loved them. I don’t think I ever brought one home because they were eaten up so fast.
Another great place to take them is the kid’s school. Teachers, people in the front office, and the lunch ladies will love you for them.
And, if you have a new neighbor, take some over. They will absolutely love them.
How to Make Hello Dolly Bars with Peanut Butter Chips
I used about half of a box of wafers and crushed them up inside of a baggie.
Most Hello Dolly Bars are made with graham crackers. But you can also make them with Nilla Wafers.
Spread them out in a 8″ x 8″ baking dish. You can use a larger pan, but the bars will be thinner. I like things thick, so I used the square dish.
Melt the butter and pour over the wafers. Mix the wafers and butter, making sure everything is covered, and press them down into a greased pan.
Sprinkle the shredded coconut over the top.
If you’re not a big fan of coconut, just leave it out. It won’t hurt anything. But, as I said above, I am not a big fan of coconut, but I love it in this bar.
Add the chopped pecans.
I love pecans, but they can get pricey. I bought these at Aldi’s. They are always delicious and they are usually lower priced than any other store around here.
I have a chopper from Pampered Chef that I use to chop just about everything under the sun. It works great for chopping the pecans.
You can get a chopper for under $20 on Amazon. Here’s a link to a Cuisinart chopper that will work perfectly.
Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the top.
If you can manage it (big “if” here), don’t pour the sweetened condensed milk into your mouth. Pour it over the coconut and pecans.
If there is any left in the can, go ahead and scrape it out. If no one is looking, lick it out. Actually, it’s so good, who cares if anyone is looking?
Sprinkle the chocolate chips and peanut butter chips over the top.
Bake at 350-degrees for approximately 25 – 30 minutes, or until the top and edges are golden.
I have to say; the chewy sides are my favorite. Yum!
Look at all that ooey-gooey chocolate.
If you can stand it, let the Hello Dolly Bars cool before digging into them. They are a gooey mess if you rush in, but either way, they are delicious.
This recipe makes about nine large bars or 18 small bars. They are rich, so it’s easy to cut them up into smaller sizes and feed more people
If you plan to take them to church, or school, or the office, give them a few hours to cool. Once they cool, they are going to set up better and cut easier.
IngredientsYield: 9 bars
- 2 cups crushed Nilla Wafers (or graham crackers)
- 1-1/2 sticks butter (melted)
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1-14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
- 1-1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup peanut butter chips
- Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Grease an 8" x 8" baking dish.
- Crush the Nilla Wafers (or graham crackers) in a large Ziplock bag. Pour into 8" x 8" baking dish.
- Pour the melted butter over the crushed Nilla Wafers and mix. Press the Nilla Wafers into the bottom of the greased dish.
- Sprinkle the coconut and pecans over the Nilla Wafers.
- Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the entire dessert.
- Top with chocolate chips and peanut butter chips.
- Bake for approximately 25-30 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.
- Cool and cut.
If you use graham crackers, you will need about 10 crackers crushed up to equal two cups, or half a box of Nilla Wafers.
The dessert will take several hours to cool and set up completely.
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