Maple Nut Goodie Bars

I wanted to make something special for my mother-in-law’s 25th wedding anniversary this weekend. She loves Snickers so I wanted to make something similar. A few weeks ago my mother and I ate at Yum! Bakery in St Louis Park and had what they call a “Nut Goodly Bar”. It was very rich but very delicious- something you would make for a special occasion.  I searched for a recipe online and came across these from Pillsbury. The recipe has “bar” in the title but really it’s candy (butter and sugar make up the majority of this dessert).

The Pillsbury site says, “Great goodies with no baking needed! Best of all, you’ve got the ingredients right in your cupboard.” Ironically I had NONE of the ingredients to make these in my cupboard but the results were well worth a trip to the store.

This recipe makes plenty. You could easily halve it and have enough “candy” to last a family of four a few weeks. I recommend cutting them into small, bite-sized squares.


  • 1 (12-oz.) pkg. (2 cups) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 (11.5-oz.) pkg. (2 cups) milk chocolate chips
  • 2 cups margarine or butter
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 (12-oz.) can (2 1/2 cups) cocktail peanuts
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 (3-oz.) pkg. vanilla pudding and pie filling mix (not instant)
  • 1 (2-lb.) pkg. (7 1/2 cups) powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons maple flavor


  1. Line 15x10x1-inch baking pan with foil. Butter or spray foil with nonstick cooking spray. In large saucepan, melt chocolate chips and 1 cup of the margarine over low heat, stirring frequently. Remove saucepan from heat. Add peanut butter; mix well. Spread half of mixture in buttered foil-lined pan. Freeze 10 minutes or until set. Place pan in refrigerator.
  2. Meanwhile, stir peanuts into remaining chocolate mixture. Set aside.
  3. Melt remaining 1 cup margarine in large saucepan over low heat. Gradually stir in evaporated milk. Stir in pudding mix. Cook until mixture is slightly thickened, stirring constantly. DO NOT BOIL. Remove saucepan from heat. Add powdered sugar and maple flavor; mix well. Cool about 10 minutes or until slightly cooled.
  4. Carefully spread pudding mixture over chilled chocolate layer. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
  5. Stir reserved chocolate-peanut mixture. Drop by spoonfuls onto chilled pudding layer; spread to cover. Refrigerate at least 3 hours or until firm. Cut into bars. Store in refrigerator.


  1. Posted December 11, 2010 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    Those look so good (and I do have almost everything in the pantry). Can’t wait to try them!

  2. Jenni
    Posted November 16, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for searching for, finding and sharing this recipe. I too had been looking, tried others but just couldn’t find the right one until now and I think this is it. I am so happy!

  3. Julie Davis
    Posted December 16, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    I can’t thank you enough for posting this recipe !!!! I am a native Minnesotan but have been living in Arkansas for the past 13 years. Nut Goodie candy bars were always my favorite, but, of course you can’t buy them here. I made this recipe today and am thrilled to say that these bars taste exactly like the candy bars I have longed for for so long !! I wish you the happiest of holiday’s. I know ours are going to be a bit more special given that we can enjoy this wonderful treat that reminds us so much of home !!!

  4. Posted December 16, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, that is so sweet.