Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sweet Sundays: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars


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So this weeks “Sweet Sunday” post comes to us from Friday.  I am way too tired today too bake so I am going to be sneaky and post a dessert I made on Friday.  Friday was one of my days off this week and for the first time since I had my children I  discovered that I would be alone……all day.  Just me.


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The thought of being alone in my house with no children was a happy one.  I couldn’t wait to lay around in my jammies all day and make food.  But something odd happened.  The closer the day came, they less it sounded like fun.  I became anxious and a little uneasy.  I would have no one to talk to, no one to help me clean and no one to eat the food that I had planned on making.  The cat and dog would eat no matter what I fed them and I knew I wouldn’t get any good criticism from either of them. 


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Enter a savior…….a dear friend who heard of my lamenting and came to my rescue.  How about you come for lunch she said, and my lonely ears had never heard such sweeter words.  Of course!  I would love to!  I was so excited I couldn’t stand it.  A lunch date with a dear friend without my children would be a grand thing!  I could have an actual conversation with a grown up and enjoy great food at the same time.  I told her I would bring dessert.  So I anxiously awaited the day. 

Then Thursday came and I picked up my youngest child from school-wheezing.  Yes wheezing and coughing,  I listened to him wheeze and cough for a while and decided to call the doctors office and they promptly told me to bring him into the emergency room.  So long story short, Gabe had an allergic reaction to something either at school or something that he was exposed to and he needed to have a breathing treatment and rest. 

Guess who wasn’t going to school on Friday.

Aaarrrrggghhhhhhh!!!!!! My lunch date would be ruined!  I was gong to have to call and cancel!  I called my dear friend and explained the situation to her.  Gabe wasn’t contagious, he was  just coughing and coughing a lot.  Is it okay if I still come over?  She granted my wishes and we ended up have a fabulous lunch  She made broccoli cheddar soup and it had bits of ham and potato in it!  We had peanut butter chocolate chip cookie bars for dessert.  It was a perfect day. 


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I found the dessert for the perfect day in another Pillsbury Cookbook.  This time it was the 5 Ingredients or Less cookbook (June 2004, Volume 280).  This cookbook is a great resource for quick cooking recipes and recipes that you don’t have to cook at all! 


Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars


1 (18 ounce) roll refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough

1 cup creamy peanut butter

1/2 cup vanilla whipped read-to-spread frosting (from 12 ounce can)

1 teaspoon oil

1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1/4 cup Reece's’ pieces


1.  Heat oven to 350 degrees.


2.  Break up cookie dough and pat it into the bottom of an ungreased 13x9-inch pan to form crust.


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3.  Bake at 350 degrees for 14 to 18 minutes or until golden brown.  Let cool 5 minutes.


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4.  Meanwhile, in a medium bowl combine peanut butter, oil and frosting; mix well.


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5.  Spread peanut butter mixture over warm crust.


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6.  Place chocolate chips in a small plastic bag and microwave on high for 1 to 2 minutes until melted.  I used a double boiler method and used a fork to drizzle the chocolate.  Snip a corner and drizzle the chocolate over the peanut butter.


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7.  Sprinkle candy over top.


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8.  Let stand at least 30 minutes or until chocolate is set.


9.  Cut into bars.

1 comment:

  1. Oh man, I'm getting a sugar buzz just reading this!