Simple Cookie Bar Method

Once you’ve got the method down, the flavor combinations and possibilities are endless!

We celebrated Thanksgiving with my Husband’s family on both sides and I decided to bring my “go-to” dessert: Oreo Cookie Bars:

A batch I made for Brett's work potluck.

A batch I made for Brett’s work potluck.

The families loved the bars (…. or they’re really good at lying haha!) and a few family members were asking for the recipe.  It’s the first recipe I ever posted on this Blog, but it was just testing out the site template so I decided to do a new post to share with the family more easily.

They’re so great for large gatherings because you can cut bite size pieces and make plenty from just one batch.

The basic concept: Cookie dough, cookies, sauce of some sort, oven, cool, cut, and BOOM!

You could most definitely make homemade dough and all of that, but I am the first one to admit that baking is not really my thing.  I’m working on it, but cooking for others is not the time to experiment with something I usually only execute well 25% of the time.  SO – I choose to use store bought cookie dough… GASP!!!!

I tend to experiment with baking when it’s just that – AN EXPERIMENT!

I’ve come a long way from this:

A Birthday Cake for my mom... whoops.

A Birthday Cake for my mom… whoops.

But I’m most definitely still working on it.

The Goods:

See what I mean when I said simple?

See what I mean when I said simple?

THE STEPS:

1) Grab your big ole 11 x 15 baking dish (or two smaller ones) and preheat oven to temperature listed on cookie dough.  I’ve seen some at 400 degrees and some at 425.

2) Place a large piece of parchment paper to fully cover dish with hangover on the sides.

3) Open large cookie dough and place in dish.

The dough.

The dough.

4) Flatten evenly with hands – if the dough is particularly sticky, I spray a little Pam or cooking spray on my hands to help with this step.

Flattened Dough.

Flattened Dough.

5) Lay out cookies leaving a little space between cookies.

Mmmmm layer two!

Mmmmm layer two!

6) Cover with syrup of choice.  When I do the chocolate chip Oreo combination I use caramel syrup.  For this combination I used strawberry syrup.

I usually use quite a bit.

I usually use quite a bit.

7) Open smaller cookie dough package, tear off small chunks and sprinkle evenly over syrup.  BOOM!  Pop into the oven.

Ready!... for the oven.  Whomp Whomp.

Ready!… for the oven. Whomp Whomp.

8) I typically set the timer for 25 minutes and with oven mitts on give it a tiny shake, if it still seems really jiggly, I set the timer for 10 more minutes.  After that I check in increments of 5 minutes.  When it’s done, the edges will seem a little crispy and it will still be pretty soft on the inside.

9) Remove to cooling rack and let sit until it is pretty well set in the pan, remove by lifting the edges of parchment paper.

mmmmm

mmmmm

10) Let sit overnight to completely set up.  This is probably the hardest step.  My Husband and I couldn’t resist one time and this is what you get if you don’t have the patience:

Whoops

Whoops

11) Once it’s sat overnight, cut into desired size squares and go to town!  I don’t have a picture of these cut, BUT you can tell what the Oreo ones look like in the first picture.

Combinations I’ve tried:

– Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Oreo’s, and Caramel Sauce

– Sugar Cookie Dough, Vanilla Sandwich Cookies, Strawberry Sauce

– Chocolate Chunk Cookie Dough, York Peppermint Patties, Sweetened Condensed Milk

BUT I have SO many other ideas bouncing around in this ole brain o’ mine.

Because this was more of a guide than a recipe, if there are any questions that this failed to answer, please leave me a comment in the comments section and I’ll answer to the best of my knowledge.

I hope you guys give this a try and let me know how it turns out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 Responses to Simple Cookie Bar Method

  1. Your Biggest Fan November 30, 2013 at 3:58 am #

    I love this! Yet another amazing creation, that even the most inept chef (like me) can likley accomplish.
    …and wait – whaaaat? Vanilla sandwich cookies?!?
    Genius!!!

    ps the photo of you and your mom is adorbs.

  2. Brett December 1, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

    Mmmmm! These things are deadly. Way to easy to walk by and just grab one more tiny piece!

    Be sure to keep your hand away from your face when spraying with Pam :)

  3. Fellow Foodie December 10, 2013 at 3:37 pm #

    The cake you made for your mom is beautiful! I know she loved it :)

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