Thursday, July 18, 2013

Chocolate Peanut Butter Sugar Cookie Bars

If that title doesn't make your mouth water, I don't know what will!  Today I have a super easy recipe for you that is majorly delicious.  I got the urge to bake after going for a pedicure the other day.  The nail salon had Martha Stewart baking tutorials on some kind of evil loop.  Luckily, there was a grocery store in the same shopping center, so I headed over and got inspired!  Only a couple of ingredients and very little actual prep time needed for this baby!  Here's a sneak peek at the finished product:

Enticed?  Ready to bake?  Here's what you need:  one roll of pre-made sugar cookie dough, one bag of peanut butter chips, one bag of chocolate chips, Crisco, and a 9x13 pan.

Here's the steps:

1.  Make sure you grease your pan.  Then press out the sugar cookie dough into the bottom of the pan, spreading evenly and covering all of the pan.

2.  Bake according to package directions, but note that it will most likely take longer to fully bake than the instructions indicate (mine took almost twice as long).  Make sure the edges of the pan have baked up to a golden brown.

3.  Put the whole pan in the fridge and allow to cool for at least 30 minutes.  When cool, pour peanut butter chips into a microwave safe bowl with a small spoonful of Crisco.  Microwave for one minute, remove bowl and stir.  Keep microwaving at 30 second intervals until all of the chips have melted.

4.  Pour melted chips over the sugar cookie layer and use a spoon or spatula to spread evenly.  Note: you will not be able to full cover the sugar cookie layer if you sample handfuls of the chips before melting...

5.  Put the whole pan back in the fridge and allow to cool for another 30 minutes.  Then repeat the melting/pouring process with the chocolate chips.

6.  Put the whole pan back in the fridge once again and allow the whole thing to cool for another 30 minutes.  When everything has cooled, take out the pan and prepare for this awesome way to cut cookie bars (thanks Martha Stewart!).

7.  Run a knife along the edges of the pan, separating the bars from the pan.  Place a cookie sheet on top of the pan.

8.  Flip the whole thing upside down so the pan is now face down on the sheet.

9.  Remove the pan.

10.  Place a cutting board on top of the cookie bars.

11.  Flip the whole thing upside down and voila!  Your cookie bars are face up, on a cutting board, out of the pan and ready to be cut!

Once your cookie bars on are on the cutting board, they are super easy to cut into bite size bars.  Now they are ready to eat and enjoy!

Super easy and super yummy!  These bars are great for any party, plus you could try this process with tons of combinations.  I'm thinking of throwing in some caramel next time.  What would you like to use in the cookie bars?  Let me know!  Happy baking, and enjoy!

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