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Easy Cookie Bars Recipe
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Cookie Bars Recipe

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins

Easy cookie bars recipe, composed of 5 layers and made with simple ingredients. These dessert bars are packed with caramel, chocolate, frosting and pecans. 

Servings: 32 Bars
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 208 kcal
Author: CakeWhiz


  • 1 package Refrigerated cookies ‘n’ creme cookie dough 16 oz, Pillsbury brand
  • 1/4 cup Cocoa powder Unsweetened
  • 11 oz Caramel bits
  • 8 tbsp Heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup Pecans Roughly chopped
  • 8 tbsp Butter Unsalted
  • 3 cups Sugar Powdered
  • 3 bars HERSHEY'S cookies 'n' creme candy 1.55 oz each


  1. Heat oven to 350°F.

  2. In a mixing bowl, crumble cookie dough and knead in cocoa powder until well mixed. 

  3. Press evenly in bottom of an 8 inch square baking dish.

  4. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until set. Cool 20 minutes.

  5. In a microwavable bowl, add caramel bits and 2 tablespoons of the whipping cream and heat uncovered on High 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 minutes. Be sure to stir every 30 seconds, until smooth. 

  6. Pour and spread caramel mixture evenly over cooled bar base. 

  7. Sprinkle with pecans. Cool about 20 minutes or until caramel is set.

  8. In a microwavable bowl, microwave 6 tablespoons of the butter uncovered on High 30 to 40 seconds or until melted.

  9. Beat in powdered sugar and remaining 6 tablespoons whipping cream until smooth and creamy. 

  10. Pour and spread evenly over pecans. Refrigerate about 1 hour or until set.

  11. In small microwavable bowl, microwave candy bars and remaining 2 tablespoons butter uncovered on Medium (50%) 1 minute to 1 minute 30 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth. 

  12. Spread evenly over bars. 

  13. Refrigerate for about 2 hours or until center is firm. 

  14. Cut into 8 rows by 4 rows with a sharp knife. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • Read my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • You can find this cookies and cream caramel layer bars recipe HERE on Pillsbury's site too.
Nutrition Facts
Cookie Bars Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 208 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 14mg5%
Sodium 79mg3%
Potassium 57mg2%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Sugar 28g31%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 150IU3%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.