Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Chocolate and peanut butter chip cookie dough bars


Everyone knows the reason to make cookies is to eat the dough, right? Well, that's usually the reason I make cookies anyway! I guess a warm cookie straight out of the oven with melty chips are in pretty good competition with the dough....hmmm...

 
Well, the dough comes first, before the baked cookie so the dough wins! Ok, now that we have that straight, go whip together this eggless dough and eat the whole batch as bars!
 
Just a simple mix of a few staple ingredients and you have yourself an acceptable way to eat a whole bowl of cookie dough! Spread the cookie into an 8x8 dish and it's even more acceptable. No one will question when they think it's just a cookie bar.  Be careful when offering one up, though, because then you'll have to share ;)
 

Because I've gone through this many times before when baking and Tim is involved, I added some peanut butter chips to fit his needs and guarantee approval.
Kaydin usually doesn't get such decadent desserts in her lunchbox, but yesterday was an exception. I sent the last bar with her with the rule that she had to eat all of her carrots and grapes before she ate the bar. Last night when cleaning out her lunchbox, I discovered the grapes and carrots still packed away nicely, pretty much untouched, but not even a crumb from that bar could be found!
 
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars
Adapted from Life's Simple Measures (originally seen in Iowa Girl Eats Friday Favorites post)
 
Ingredients:

Cookie Dough:
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups  flour (I used whole wheat white)
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
3/4 cup chocolate chips ( I used 1 block of chopped chocolate almond bark)
3/4 cup peanut butter chips

Topping:

1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup milk chocolate chips (I used 1 1/2 blocks of chocolate almond bark)
 
Note: The topping measurements can be altered to your tastes. I wanted a really thin chocolate layer on top so my measurements are small and not exact.
 
Directions:
  1. In a large bowl, mix together butter and light brown sugar until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes). Add vanilla extract and beat until combined.
  2. With the mixer on low speed, alternate mixing in flour and sweetened condensed milk and mix until combined. Gently fold in mini chocolate chips with spatula.
  3. Line 8x8-inch pan with parchment paper. Press the cookie dough into the pan (the cookie dough may be sticky, so lightly flour your hands).
  4. Cover the bars with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight until firm.
  5. For topping, combine the peanut butter and milk chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and heat until smooth. Spread the mixture over the cookie dough bars. Chill the bars for 1 hour or until topping is firm.