Gooey Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookie Bars (Only 5 ingredients, Easy and Affordable)

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Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

This is one of the easiest, yet yummiest desserts you could ever make. It takes just 5 ingredients and it’s done in a jiffy. It is also a huge crowd pleaser. I mean who doesn’t LOVE chocolate chip cookies AND peanut butter? Be sure to have a glass of milk handy while enjoying these little chunks of pleasure!

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You will need:

1 tube of ready make cookie dough of your choice

1/3 cup chocolate chunks

2 tbs. butter softened

1 cup peanut butter

1 cup powdered sugar

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 and spray an 8 or 9 inch casserole dish with non stick cooking spray

2. Cut tube of cookie dough in half and spread one half on bottom of casserole dish

3. Mix peanut butter, powdered sugar and butter together with an electric hand mixer and spread evenly over cookie dough

4. Cut up other half of cookie dough and drop it on top of peanut butter mixture and spread as well as possible, sprinkle chocolate chunks over peanut butter mixture

5. Bake for 35 minutes and allow to cool completely

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Quick Dinner Ideas: Fast Taco Pie

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Here is a quick and delicious dinner that both you and the kids will love! Lots of great rich flavoring that will have you asking for more! Check out the recipe adapted from Mr. Food below!

What You’ll Need:
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 (16-ounce) can refried beans
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 2 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
What To Do:
  1. In a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, cook beef  6 to 7 minutes or until browned, stirring frequently; drain off excess liquid.
  2. Stir in refried beans and salsa, breaking up mixture with the back of a spoon. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer 5 minutes, or until well combined and heated through, stirring frequently. Remove skillet from heat, scrape down sides with a spatula, and smooth mixture evenly in skillet.
  3. Arrange lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and sour cream in concentric circles (one inside the next) on top of beef mixture, and serve immediately.

 

  • SERVES   4      COOK TIME    15 Min
Notes
  • If you prefer, remove the beef mixture to a platter then layer with the lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and sour cream. And don’t forget the tortilla chips!

Gift in a Jar: Peanut Butter Cup Brownies Mix

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Yummy! Who would not LOVE this affordable gift in a Jar? This Peanut Butter Cup Brownies Mix makes a great gift! These brownies bake up to be rich, chocolatey, and full of peanut butter goodness!

What You Need:

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup chopped peanut butter cup candies

What You Do

Pour flour, salt, and baking powder into canning jar, tapping jar on counter to level ingredients. Add to jar, cocoa powder, sugar, and peanut butter candies, tapping jar on counter to level after each addition. Seal jar and decorate.

Don’t forget to attach a copy of the cooking  instructions to the jar!

Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

Makes About 20 Brownies

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat 1 stick softened butter with 3 eggs, 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract. Add entire jar of dry ingredients; mix well.
  3. Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Pour batter into dish and spread mixture evenly.
  4. Bake for 25 to 28 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out dry. Let cool completely.

 

Thanks Mr. Food!

How to Make French Toast: Tasty and Easy

With the holidays around the corner, many of us will be having company over. What a great time to make and enjoy french toast!!

How to Make French Toast

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Ingredients

1 egg for every 2 slices of bread

Non-stick spray, olive oil, or butter/margarine
Cinnamon (Season to taste)
1/2 teaspoon (3 ml) vanilla extract (vanilla essence, optional) or almond essence
Bread (6 pieces), type of bread is up to your preference
Icing Sugar, syrup, jam, etc.
Milk (depending on number of eggs, 2 tablespoons per egg)

What To Do

 

Turn on the stove or electric pan to medium  heat. Add non-stick spray, olive oil or butter so that the bread will not stick to the pan and place it on the burner. Spread the oil across the pan if needed, or mop up any excess.

Crack the eggs into a bowl.Add milk, vanilla extract, and cinnamon and beat them with a fork or whisk. Make sure you Turn the heat down to medium-low, once the pan is heated sufficiently.

Coat a slice of the bread with the mixture on both sides. Place each slice onto the pan.Cook the toast until golden on both sides. (Approximately 45 seconds per side.)

Put the toast on a plate. Then serve immediately with syrup.

*** Yummy tip….Add hot applesauce, cinnamon or icing sugar for extra goodness (and calories  😛 )

Easy! Make Your Own Cinnamon Pretzels

This is so easy and yummy!!  You can also make letters!!

INGREDIENTS

  • Cinnamon Sugar
  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • Refrigerated breadsticks (Pillsbury)

What to do:

  1. Mix Cinnamon and sugar together in shaker, zip lock or small container. Mix well and pour some onto plate.
  2. Pull apart breadsticks into individual pieces.
  3. For traditional pretzel shape, roll with hands until it is about 12 inches long
  4. Or make fun shapes and letters with your child
  5. Roll in cinnamon sugar mixture on plate.
  6. Lay on cookie sheet forming a small U and fold ends into a heart shape crossing each other to make pretzel shape.
  7. For pretzel sticks, roll in cinnamon mixture and twist gently. Lay on cookie sheet
  8. Bake as directed on package.

TIPS AND SUGGESTIONS

  • Cook only one sheet at a time for best results. Two sheets will not cook as fast or evenly. It should fit on one large sheet, I wasn’t sure how much it would spread so I had used two.
  • Use a good cookie sheet. I used an Anolon cookie sheet and the pretzels slipped right off after baking. I also used an inexpensive Wilton cookie sheet for the last three and the cinnamon sugar that fell on the sheet burned and the pretzels were harder to remove from the sheet.
  • Do not overcook or it will become hard.

 

Peanut Butter Pudding Bars-Oreo Crust

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This is just a little something I whipped up with ingredients I already had, and it turned out great.  It’s not often that you can make something with lots of chocolate and peanut butter and it still tastes light and not so heavy and rich.  The pudding base really lightens this up.  The yummy oreo crust and chocolate chips in the pudding give it a good texture and add that little something extra.  I can’t wait to make this again.  It is really easy to make and easy to eat!

You will need:

15 crushed Oroe’s

3/4 stick of butter

1 small package of chocolate instant pudding mix

2 cups of cold milk

1 cup mini chocolate chips

1/2 cup peanut butter

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Directions

1. Melt butter and mix with crushed Oreo’s then spread onto the bottom of a greased 8×8 casserole dish and freeze for 15 minutes

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2. Prepare pudding according to directions.  Once the pudding has thickened, mixed in chocolate chips.  Pour over oreo crust

3. Melt peanut butter in the microwave (about 1 minute stirring halfway through) and drizzle over pudding

It’s that easy…Enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

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All I can say is delicious!  These are one of my most favorite things I have ever eaten!  What is not to love about a graham cracker crust, cheesecake center and chocolate chip cookie topping?  Just a bite of this will send your tastebuds to the happiest place on earth. Enjoy!

You will need:

For Crust:

1 cup Graham cracker crumbs

3 tbs sugar

1/3 cup butter

Cream Cheese center:

1 package cream cheese

1/2 cup sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

Topping:

1 tube Cookie Dough

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Directions:

1. Make graham cracker crust according to directions (mix crumbs with sugar and then added in melted butter and mix well) and cool in fridge for 1 hour to allow to harden

2. Preheat oven to 350 Degrees

3. Cream together cream cheese and sugar. Once well mixed, blend in egg and vanilla.  Pour over graham cracker crust.  Cut cookie dough into small circles and spread over top of cream cheese mixture. Bake for 30 minutes.

4. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely (to be able to cut into bars, refrigerate for 3 hours before cutting)

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Quick Dinner Ideas: Stuffed Cresent Ring

Quick Dinner Ideas – Here is an easy and yummy meal to make! I love easy dinners!

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What to Do

Take 2 tubes of Pillsbury Crescents. Pop them open, and arrange them in a star pattern around a 12-inch pizza pan. The dough will overlap, just make sure to leave some space in the middle for rolling them up.

Start layering your sandwich filling ingredients down. Overlapping of ingredients is fine, and encouraged.

Once you have a good stack of ingredients, you’ll take the outside of the dough and bring it up and over to fully enclose the filling.
Tuck the ends of the crescent dough underneath to secure it, give it a little sprinkle of fresh cracked black pepper and bake until golden brown.
Let it cool slightly before slicing into it. I serve this with a side of creamy Italian dressing for dipping, and it’s an instant hit!
Adapted from thePillsbury website

Strawberries N’ Cream Cake Cookies

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I just love those slices of strawberry cake they sell in the Publix bakery.  It’s so refreshing yet decadent with that delicious cream cheese icing.  Well, I decided to make it into cookies.  These are such a great twist on traditional cake cookies.  A perect treat to have around for the summer months.  A delicious refreshing strawberry cookie and cream cheese frosting.  It just doesn’t get any better!

You will need:

1 package of strawberry cake mix

2 eggs

1/3 cup oil

1 can cream cheese icing

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Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 Degrees

2. Mix cake mix with eggs and oil

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3. Form into balls and press flat.  Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 10 minutes.

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4. Allow to cool completely and frost.  Sprinkle with sprinkles if desired.

Cookies and Cream Cake Roll

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I was looking for a dessert that incoporated cookies and cream for my brother in law’s birthday- which is his favorite, but still something chocolately which the rest of the family loves.  This seemed to be the perfect combo. It was a nice rich chocolately dessert with that yummy cookies and cream surprise inside.  It is also easier than you might think to make.

You will need:

Cake:

1/2 cup flour (not self rising)

1/3 cup cocoa powder

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 Teaspoon salt

5 Large eggs (at room temp)

3/4 cups sugar

1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Filling:

1 container vanilla whipped frosting

1 package oreos

Glaze:

1/2 cup heavy cream

6 ounce semi sweet chocolate

2 tbs dark corn syrup

1 1/2 teasoppn vanilla

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Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 Degrees.  Line a 13×8 casserole dish with tinfoil and spray with non stick spray.

2. Combine Flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt

3. In 2 2 separate bowls separate eggs.  Put the yolks in one bowl and the whites in the other.  Beat whites until foamy and then add 1/2 cup of sugar and continue to beat until stiff (about 3 minutes).

4. Add 1/4 cup of sugar to the yolks and vanilla and beat until thickened (about 3 more minutes).  Gradually add in flower mixture to yolk mixture until well blended.

5. Stir in 1/4 of egg white mixture, then fold in remaining egg white mixture. Spread into casserole dish and bake for 12 minutes or until firm on top.  Remove from oven and allow to cool for 2 minutes.

6. Set out a dish towel and dust with confectioners sugar.  Flip casserole dish upside down onto towel until cake falls out.  Then gently remove the tinfoil.  Starting from a short end roll up in towel and place seam side down and allow to cool completely (about an hour).

7. Crush oreos in alarge zip lock back by beating them with a meat pounder until crushed.  Combine Oreo with vanilla frosting.

8. Unroll the cake and spread the oreo mixture in side and roll back up.  Wrap in tin foil and refrigerate for 1 hour seam side down.

9. In a small saucepan, heat cream, chocolate chips, and corn syrup over low heat until chocolate is melted.  Stir in vanilla and allow to cool to room temperature.  Then, upwrap cake and use a spatula to spread glaze over cake.  Refrigerate until ready to eat.

 

Chocolate Lover’s Dream Cake

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It is safe to say that after making and eating this cake this weekend I am definitely in a “chocolate coma.”  We celebrated my husband’s birthday this past weekend and he is the ULTIMATE chocolate lover.  He would never have a dessert that wasn’t chocolate because “that is just a waste of a dessert.”  So, I decided to bring all his favorite chocolates together and make this decadent cake.  He (and I) absolutely loved it and he has already proclaimed that he wants this cake for every Birthday going forward.  If you are ready to have your mind blown… make this cake!  It is not that hard either.

You will need:

1 Package of decadent Chocolate fudge cake mix (and the ingredients listed on the box to make the cake)- this make mix makes it fudgey and gooey on the inside too!

1 container chocolate fudge frosting (I thought I might need 2, so you will see that in the picture, but 1 was enough)

1 package chocolate chips

12 miniture candy bars (I like to use milky way, snickers, and twix)

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Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 Degrees and make cake according to directions, Split cake mix into 2 8 inch round cake pans and bake for 28 minutes.  Allow to cool completely

2. Once cake is completely cooled, dump one cake onto your cake place (flat side up) and frost the top and sprinkle with chocolate chips.  Then place the other round cake on top (flat side down) and frost entire cake (top and sides) until you do not see the cake showing through

3. Take handfuls of chocolate chips and press them against the side of the cake until the entire side is covered in chocolate chips

4. Cut up Candy Bars and place on top of cake to fully cover the top, then melt 1/2 cup of chocolate chips in microwave (about 1 minute stirring every 20 seconds) and drizzle over cake.

I hope you enjoy this cake!  Let me know your thoughts when you make it, because I know your mind will be blown!

Chocolate Cream Pie with Peanut Butter

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There is nothing like a good chocolate cream pie.  Many people take the short cut and make it out of pudding, but when you take the time to make the real thing it is so worth it.  Plus adding the peanut butter and chocolate chip topping really make this delicous.  It is just enought peanut butter to get the taste and keep you wanting more!

You will need:

1 Chocolate graham cracker pie crust (ready made)

2/3 cup of sugar

1/4 cup corn starch

1/2 teaspoon salt

4 large egg yolks

3 cups whole milk

1 bag semi sweet chocolate chips (6 oz.)

2 tbs butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

3/4 cup peanut butter

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Directions:

1. Bake pie crust at 350 Degrees for 5 minutes and set aside and allow to cool

2. Combine sugar, corn starch, and salt in a medium saucepan. In a separate bowl whisk together milk and egg yolks.  Combine this into the sugar mixture in the saucepan in a steady stream and mix well.

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3. Cook mixture over medium heat stirring frequently until mixture starts to bubble and is thickened (about 6-8 minutes).  Turn heat to low and continue to cook for 1 more minute until thick (stir constantly for this 1 minute).

4. Remove from heat and wisk in chocolate chips (all but 1/2 cup), vanilla, and butter.  Stir until well blended.

5. Place mixture in a bowl and cover with seran wrap pressing the seran wrap down to touch the filling (to prevent a foam from forming on top)

6. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours

7. Pour Chocolate filling into pie crust

6. Melt peanut butter in microwave (about 45 seconds) and drizzle over top and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup of chocolate chips

7. Cover and return to refrigerator for 1 hour

 

Chocolate Caramel Cake Bars

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I love a good ooey gooey caramel bar… and this one hits the spot.  Easy to make and easy to eat. Plenty of gooey caramel to make you want more and more and more!  Grab a cold glass milk and get cooking!

You will need:

1 box chocolate fudge cake mix with pudding (pillsbury)

1 cup butter

3 eggs

1 cup semi sweet chocolate chunks

1 bag caramels

1 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk

1/2 cup quick cooking oats

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Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 Degrees

2. Set aside 1/2 cup cake mix in a small bowl. Mix remaining cake mix with 1/2 cup butter and eggs with an electric mixer until well mixed.  Stir in chocolate chunks. and spread onto a 13×8 glass casserole dish- UNGREASED and bake for 16-18 minutes. When done, allow to cool for 10-15 minutes.  It will only be partially baked.

3. In a saucepan combine caramels, 1/4 cup butter and condensed milk and heat over medium heat until caramels are fully melted and mixed well.  About 8 minutes

4. Spread Caramel filling over partially baked cake

5. Mix remaining cake mix with 3 tbs butter and oats and sprinkle over caramel and bake for another 20 minutes

6. Allow to cool completely and cut into squares.  Yum!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Balls

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With just 2 ingredients these are fast and easy to make… and of course a big hit.  I mean who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookies, why not eat them as a chocolate covered ball?  I have made brownie balls in the past which gave me this idea, and these are a different texture but just as tasty!  It’s like a yummy crisp cookie wrapped in chocolate.  This is great for kids or if you have to make a bulk dessert for a lot of people.  Let’s get cooking!

You will need:

1 package of chocolate chip cookie dough (I like the squares for cooking this dessert)

1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

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Directions:

1. Heat oven to 350 Degrees

2. Put sheet of cookie dough squares on bottom of a greased glass 8×8 casserole dish and bake for 25 minutes

3. Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 15 minutes (you want it still a little warm and gooey)

4. Use a fork to scrape up cookie and roll into golf ball sized balls.  Place in freezer for about 15 minutes.

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5. Melt chocolate either on the stove top or microwave and dip cookie balls into chocolate.  Place back in freezer for 10 minutes.

6. Remove and allow to thaw a little.

Enjoy!

 

Creamy Chicken Risotto Meal

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Chicken Risotto

I always choose the meal that includes risotto when I go out to eat.  I just love it.  And it’s something I would never make at home…until now.  I really thought this was an impossible tedious thing to make, but really it wasn’t bad at all.  I also added chicken and a vegetable to it to make it a complete meal!  It was a hit.  The creamy texture along with the lemony and parmesean flavors, make it taste restuaraunt quality.  Yum!

You will need:

3 Chicken breasts chopped

2 steamable bag of sugar snap peas

2 tbs olive oil

4 oz. Vegetable broth

1 cup arborio rice

1/2 cup parmesean cheese

1/4 cup lemon juice (I used the kind in the bottle this time, but would definitely recommend the real thing)

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Directions:

1. Sautee chicken until  cooked through and set aside

2. Steam sugar snap peas in microwave and set aside

3. Heat Broth in small pot until boiling and then simmer

4. Heat olive oil in large skillet (I like to use a wok) then add rice and sautee for about 2 minutes

5. Add 1 1/2 cups of broth to skillet and cook rice in it stirring frequently.  When all liquid is absorbed add another ladle full and continue this process stirring frequently until all but 1/4 of broth is used.  Rice should be tender at this point

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5. Add last 1/4 cup of broth, along with lemon and parmesean cheese and mix well.  Stir in chicken and sugar snap peas.

Enjoy!

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Chewy Chocolate Chip Samoas Bars (Caramel Delights)

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I couldn’t decide if I wanted to make chocolate chip cookie bars or some version of my favorite girl scout cookies…Samoas (aka Caramel Delights), so I decided to combine them and make them both.  Boy, am I glad I did!  These were delicious.  A yummy chewy caramel topping on moist chocolate chip cookie bars, these are hard to stay away from.  My husband, who has amazing will power, kept going back for more and more of these (and he claims he doesn’t like coconut).  Definitely a new favorite in our house!

You will need:

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1 package chocolate chip cookie gough (the squares are easiest)

8 oz. sweetened condensed milk

2 cups coconut

15 Caramel squares

1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips or chunks

Directions:

1. Bake cookies at 350 Degrees in an 8×8 casserole dish (grease the dish and just drop the whole square in and bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown)

2. Allow cookies to cool completely

3. Toast coconut- lay on a baking sheet and bake at 300 Degrees for 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes

3. Over low heat combine the condensed milk and caramels until mixed. Stir in coconut.  Pour mixture over cooled cookie bars and refrigerate for 10 minutes

4. Melt chocolate in microwave and drizzle over caramel topping

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Chocolate Brownie Balls

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Chocolate Brownie Balls

These bite size pieces of goodness so fudgey and yummy… Chocolate Brownie Balls… super easy to make with just a few ingredients.  They make a great dessert when having people over.  I made them for a dessert table at a baby shower and they were a hit.  They so good and yet to so easy.  So get your few ingredients together and get cooking!

You will need:

1 package of fudge brownie mix (and the ingredients listed to make the brownies)

1 package of chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Make brownies according to directions and allow to cool

2. Use a fork to dig up brownies into a crumble

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3. Form into golf ball size balls and freeze for 1 hour

4. Melt chocolate chips either on stove or in microwave and dip brownie balls into the chocolate to completely cover and put on parchment paper and back into the freezer

5. Freeze for 30 minutes and then store in the refrigerator

 

Cookies and Cream Candy Bars

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Cookies and Cream Candy Bars

This 4 ingredient treat is so easy to make and just as delicious (or more so) than a store bought bar.  Cookies and cream is such a delightful combination.  I love the lightness of it.  It is not as rich as many of my other favorite combos, but that makes eating these all up in one sitting very easy.  I just love a homemade candy bar that I can keep in the fridge and break off pieces at a time- just enough to satisfy my sweet tooth.  Or to give the kids as a little treat after dinner.  You can control how much or how little you want at a time (well you can TRY to control it)! You can have your own cookies and cream candy bars made in minutes and ready after just sitting in the fridge for 30 minutes.

You will need:

1 12 oz. White Chips

1 teaspoon shortenting

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 row of Oreos (10)

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Directions:

1. In a microwave safe bowl, combine white chips and shortening.  Heat in 20 second intervals stirring every 20 seconds until fully melted. Add vanilla and stir

2. Put Oreos in a zip loc bag and crush (but not completely, leave some larger peices) and mix these into the melted chocolate

3. Line an 8×8 casserole dish with parchment paper and pour in chocolate mixture and spread out evenly

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4. Refrigerate for 3 minutes.  Then pick up parchment paper and cookies and cream bar and set on counter.  Use a knife to cut into segments.

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