Chocolate Peanut Butter 7-Layer Bars

Do you ever feel like people just don’t get you?

Like, say, if you had this really cute, fun blog on the interwebs and had like, a TON of cool internet friends you were always baking for and SOMEONE in your family decided to EAT some of your ingredients so you couldn’t make what you’d wanted to?

Yeah, it’s only quality invisible friendships and world domination I’m trying to achieve, family. Thanks for eating my Reese’s Pieces.


Or like when you tell someone you have a food blog and you post recipes six days a flippin’ week and someone says “OH MY GOSH, you’re just like Rachael Ray!!” and you’re like “Rachael Ray does not have a food blog. She hosts a TV show and has a magazine and shows on Food Network. I am definitely not like Rachael Ray” and they temporarily lose hearing and continue to tell you how much you’re just like someone you’re not at all like.

Or like when some drunk dude comes up to you at a bar and is like “HOLY SH*T you look JUST LIKE Kat Von D” and you’re like “are you serious right now? I look nothing like Kat Von D” and drunk dude is like, “no, you really look just like Kat Von D. I want a picture with you” and you’re thinking, just because I am a female with all of THREE tattoos does not constitute my looking like a tatted woman on TV.
(Though I guess it beats the one lone time I was told I looked like Lindsay Lohan. Seriously, LiLo? I’d rather they told me I looked just like Ozzy Osbourne).

People just don’t get it, you know? And it’s about damn time they do. Hopefully some Chocolate Peanut Butter 7-Layer Bars will make it click for them. Or send them straight to a sugar coma. Whatever comes first.

These bars are unrelentingly gooey and rich and topped with a multitude of delicious ingredients sure to send your belly to its happy place.

Or, if you’re me, hoping they’ll send you to TV so you can maybe actually start being/looking like Rach or Kat. Whatevz.

Chocolate Peanut Butter 7-Layer Bars

1 box Devil’s food cake mix
1 egg
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup coarsely crushed pretzels
1 cup peanut butter chips
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup Reese’s Pieces
1 cup honey roasted peanuts
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 13×9 inch baking pan with cooking spray; set aside.
2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, egg and butter. Stir in the crushed pretzels. Spread the mixture evenly along the bottom of the greased pan and bake for about 8 minutes.
3. Sprinkle the par-baked bars with the peanut butter chips, chocolate chips, Reese’s Pieces and peanuts. Drizzle the top of the bars with the milk. Return to the oven for an additional 15 minutes or until golden and bubbly, and center is set.
4. Cool completely before cutting into bars. Serve warm or at room temperature. Best served within 1-2 days.

I love love love! these bars! They’re so fudgy and rich–and totally screaming your name if you’re a sweet & salty fan like myself. The bottom is almost cake-y but still has a lot of ooey gooey fudgy action going on, and I love the addition of the honey roasted peanuts… simply irresistible!

And okay, I maybe kinda look like Kat Von D.

xo, Hayley


  1. I love the orig seven layer bars and your version looks incredible, too! Pretzels, peanuts, sweet cond milk, choc chips …oh wow, I want one right now!

  2. I think I”m dehydrated from all the drool I lost looking at my screen! This is almost a crime! All the chocolate (love the cake mix!!!) the peanut butter chips the chocolate and the Reese Pieces!! Could you just look like a mail carrier and send me these? Please? Oh sounds like you have costume ideas if dressing for Halloween is your thing!

  3. Ok….definately making these…..of course!! and people eating your Reeses Pieces? SABOTAGE!! Did I tell you I have six children??…..yea they are part of a conspiracy to eat all of the good things out of my kitchen before I bake with them……I need a big fat padlock! And for what its worth…..Kat is freaking beautiful!!! Have a great day!!

    • Haha thanks girl 🙂 as for the sabotage, I always have a designated baking shelf with a kinda nasty letter attached saying, “IF IT’S ON THIS SHELF, DON’T EAT IT!!” lol. They know to back off now!

  4. These are absolutely incredible!

  5. These are so incredibly fun. So festive too!

  6. OMGGGGG what a good idea!! I am in love. <3 <3

  7. I think I’ve died and gone to heaven. These are amazing! And Rachael Ray? What was that person smoking? Rachael doesn’t even bake, yo. Cuh-razy people!

  8. I get the Rachael Ray comment all the time too. Um, no.

    These are beautiful. I love Reese’s Pieces. And pretzels. And chocolate.

  9. So, you know I’m making these immediately, right? Like, I will totally die if I don’t get some of these in my face.

  10. Oh my goodness…these look stinking amazing!!! I must buy more Reeses STAT!!!! Want to know the funny thing? I have something very similar baking in my oven right now…similar but not the same:-) Love how our minds work:-)

  11. I think I’m going into a sugar coma just reading about these! Hello amazing!

  12. These look so wonderful! I cannot wait to make them! I love the twist you did with them. Love your blog!

  13. Oh my gosh these look amazing!!!!

  14. I LOVE Reese’s Pieces, so there’s no doubt I’d love these bars. And UM, if someone in this house ate all of my baking candies/etc., we’d have a major problem. Except my husband is weird and DOESN’T EAT CANDY (????), so usually the culprit is me.

  15. These look like a delicious sugar high waiting to happen. And the next time somebody say’s you look like Kat Von D, charge them for taking a picture with you..haha.

  16. You can’t beat 7 layers of deliciousness!

  17. Those bars look INSANE. Kinda like all the weirdos around you are insane.

  18. Hayley! I missed these yesterday. So sad! I swear, there are SO many things you can do with boxed cake mix. You are like the QUEEN of it all. And you know I love peanut butter and chocolate. Can you make these and send them to me please??? I ran out of cake mix last week and umm… too lazy to go buy more 🙂

  19. Holy over-the-top amazing! These look incredible!

  20. Ohhh yum!! No reeses pieces but, I do have pretzel m&m’s Im thinking about tossing in!! OHHH Better go hide them, RIGHT NOW!!!

  21. Sandra Roller says:

    Had to leave out peanuts as my daughter has ulcerative colitis so I guess it’s 6 layers but still good!!!

  22. I swear this is the only thing I’ve wanted to eat in the past couple days. They look freakin awesome! I would gladly accept a care package filled with these bad boys 🙂

  23. Do you add the oil, water and 3 eggs the Devils Food Cake mix calls for as well or just the egg and butter in your directions? Making these for this Thursday for a going away party at work! 🙂

  24. rachel slagle says:

    these sound amazing! can’t wait to try them.

  25. This is the second recipe of yours I have loved, drooled over, and resolved to make in the last 20 minutes. Great recipe. Thanks! Pinned and Tweeted!

  26. These look sinfully delicious! I can’t wait to give them a try!

  27. hey! i love this already, but im not really a fan of pretzels. ideas on a substitute?

  28. Hi! Gonna make these for thanksgiving! Do you use milk or semi-sweet choc chips? Wasn’t sure! Thanks!

  29. I just made this. AWESOME!!!!! They are so rich! I used 7 oz. of condensed milk, but I think I could have used the whole 14 oz. can. Also a tip – I had to use my hands to press the cake batter mixture into the bottom of the pan because it’s thick. THANKS!!!

    • Hey girl! I’m so glad it turned out okay for you–good tip with the pressing the dough and good to know it worked just as well with half a can of milk. They ARE rich but totally awesome! Thanks for your comment!

  30. Tam Frick says:

    I liked the recipe but the brownie part to me was too dry. Wonder if adding an extra egg would make it a little moister?

  31. Now THAT is what I’m talking about. You can bake for me anytime! 😉

  32. In the oven now, can’t wait to try them! Yummy…thanks for the recipe 🙂

  33. Hi Domestic Rebel-
    This recipe calls for “1 can (7 oz) sweetened condensed milk
    But perhaps you meant the little can that is actually 14 oz, not 7?

  34. I’ll definitely have to make these. I love me some peanut butter!

  35. I saw this recipe over on Crazy for Crust and made it last weekend. Pretty amazing! Love the pretzels in the crust.

  36. Heather Jacques says:

    I think something is I put the cake mix in a bowl, added the egg and butter; the mixture was soooooo dry. I added a little water and that helped. Then I had my 13X9 pan all greased up, poured the mixture in it, there was no way that I had enough to spread across that pan. So I resorted to a smaller pan. Cooked them for four minutes. Took them out. Forgot to lessen the amount of toppings to compensate for the smaller pan. Overloaded it with chocolate (not that I’m complaining per Cooked them for ten more minutes. Smelled great. I’m sending them to a party so I will let you know how they go.

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Hey Heather! The mixture is quite stiff. It should absorb all the cake mix crumbs but it won’t be nearly as pourable as a standard cake mix. Adding water should make it okay! Hope it turns out regardless!

      • Heather Jacques says: I cooked it. Let it cool and then started to cut it into bars..They were waaaayyyyy too gooey. So I resorted to dumping the whole thing in a dish and eating it with a “Mus Surprise” It doesn’t have to look pretty as long as it’s edible, right? LoL.

  37. Thanks for the great idea!! I loved how easy this looked but I didn’t have those ingredients so I subtracted the pretzels and put, milk chocolate chips, white chocolate chips and toffee bits on top instead! SO DANG GOOD!!! Great inspiration recipe!!

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Jonie, I LOVE your idea of using toffee bits instead! An awesome way to add crunch and a little hint of salt. Brilliant! So glad you enjoyed them 🙂

  38. Should they be gooey on top when they come out of the oven? I’m worried they won’t set up before I try to cut them…I’m sure they will be delicious regardless. .lol


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