Chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Bars! Yum!
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Chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills®. Chewy chocolate peanut butter cookie bars are an easy and delicious way to get creative with the kids—even when life’s busy!

Chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Bars! YUM!!

The week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve is a crazy one. School’s out, but most parents have to work (unless you’ve managed—like me!—to not use up all your vacation time beforehand), which means it can be kind of tricky to keep the home life rolling along smoothly. Things can be a little…chaotic.

And, despite lots of new toys, gadgets, books, and crafts, as parents we still hear: MOM. I’m bored.

Sometimes that’s easily cured with a simple: Well, kids. I can think of a lot of chores around that house that’ll easily fix that boredom! ::snicker::

Other times we’re okay with finding something else for them to do. Something creative. Or crafty.

Yes, even despite the busy-ness we’re all managing during the holidays. (Me included.)

I’ll argue that it’s possible—and important—to make time for some creativity and unexpected delights with the family! Spread cheer with simple surprises, my friends. Even during Especially during the busy times.

Getting into the kitchen is my version of crafty. I do a lot of cooking from scratch, and even a bit of baking (though I don’t consider myself to be an awesome from-scratch baker; you all know that). There are times, though, where measuring out ingredients—no matter how simple it seems on paper—is just. too. much.

Easy Chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Bars! YUM!!!

When that overwhelmed feeling sets in, you can still make time for creativity and unexpected delights with your kids through baking yummy treats with Betty Crocker® Sugar and Peanut Butter cookies mixes!

Like this…

Chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

I bought one each of the Betty Crocker® Sugar and Peanut Butter cookie mixes at my local Walmart, and then prepped the dough mixes according to package instructions (easy, by the way), in separate bowls.

Mini chocolate chips are only extra ingredient I used in these cookie bars, and they’re layered in between the sugar cookie dough and peanut butter cookie dough. Mmm…

Chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Bars! YUM!!

And, I also incorporated into the peanut butter cookie dough itself. You can never have too much peanut-butter-mixed-with-chocolate-goodness, in my book.

Chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Bars! YUM!!!

I spread the peanut butter and mini chocolate chip dough on top of the chip layer, and then gave it a gentle press to even it out, before it baked in a 325°F oven for about 40 minutes.

The thickness of the cookie bar, mixed with the low and slow baking temperature, leaves you with a chewy texture that’s simply delicious. (Especially if you eat them warmed with a cold glass of milk—YUM!)

Chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Bars! Yum!

How do you spread the holiday cheer when it’s busy?

Chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

Chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

Yield: 50 small square bars
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 325°F. Coat a 9x11" baking pan with cooking spray and set it aside.
  • Prepare the cookie mixes according to package instructions, in separate bowls.
  • Mix half the bag of mini chocolate chips into the peanut butter cookie dough.
  • Press the sugar cookie dough into an even layer in the prepared baking pan. Sprinkle the remaining chips on top. Press the peanut butter cookie dough into an even layer on top.
  • Bake the chocolate peanut butter cookie bars for 35-40 minutes, or until they're golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Let them cool completely before cutting into squares.
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    Hi, I'm Liza, a self-proclaimed word-nerd who loves getting sucked into whimsical stories and epic movies. I have laid-back, practical attitude towards life, and as a foodie at heart, I relish the chance to both cook and eat. (No picky-eater here!) Always on the hunt for good eats, easy recipes, binge-worthy shows, relaxing road trip destinations, the perfect mojito and time to finish my novel!

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