Chocolate Chip-Peanut Butter Squares from Pillsbury Bake-Off #38
By Barry Garcia, West Palm Beach, FL
Just four ingredients? Yes! Chocolate Chip-Peanut Butter
Squares are the ultimate easy cookie recipe. The bar cookies come together in
less than ten minutes.
Don’t let the base and topping from refrigerated cookie
dough give you pause, since it’s the layers give this bar cookie its intrigue.
The inner filling is like a peanut butter truffle – a whipped, smooth filling that
holds its form – sandwiched between two layers of classic chocolate chip cookie
It’s easy to see why these cookies were a favorite recipe
from the iconic Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest #38 in 1998.
Prep time: <10 minutes
Bake time: 30-35 minutes
Makes about 16 bars
1 roll (16 ounces) refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough,
such as Pillsbury® Create ‘N Bake refrigerated chocolate chip cookies
1 ½ cups powdered sugar
1 ½ cups creamy peanut butter
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350º F (325º F for a glass dish). Set out an
8- or 9-inch square baking pan.
- In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed,
combine the powdered sugar, peanut butter, and vanilla until well blended.
- Cut cookie dough in half. Break up half the dough into small
pieces and press the dough evenly onto the bottom of the ungreased baking pan.
- Spoon the peanut butter mixture into the pan. Use the back
of the spoon to press it evenly across cookie base.
- Crumble the remaining half of the cookie dough into as many
small pieces as possible. Sprinkle dough pieces over the peanut butter surface.
Use your fingertips to gently work the dough, spreading it carefully and as
evenly as possible to cover the peanut butter layer.
- Bake cookies for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown and
firm to the touch. Remove baking pan from the oven. Allow bars to cool in the
pan on a cooling rack for at least 30 minutes. Refrigerate pan until bars are
chilled, about 1 hour.
- Use a sharp knife to cut cookies into 4 rows by 4 rows (or
any other size you wish.) Remove bars from the pan with a spatula.
- Store cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Special Baking Tips for
Chocolate Chip-Peanut Butter Squares
- You can substitute your favorite
chocolate chip cookie recipe for the prepared, refrigerated chocolate chip
cookie dough. Make sure you weigh amounts so that you don’t use too much or too
little dough for the base or topping.
- You may choose to mix the filling
ingredients with a large spoon rather than the electric mixer.
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