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Almond Joy Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

Almond Joy Peanut Butter Cookie Bars: the perfect cookie bar for Almond Joy addicts!

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You all know how much I looooooooove Almond Joy candy bars, right?

It’s love with a capital lust.

Up until a few years ago, I hated them. Er, I thought I did. I’d never had one. Now, I can’t get enough.

What’s really strange is that I only buy them at Halloween time. Halloween was when I first fell in looooove with them, so it’s kind of an anniversary of sorts. It’s my Almond Joy Anniversary!

This last week has been super stressful – Online BlogCon starts on October 8th. Ashton and I are working like madwomen to get it all ready and I just have not had the time I’ve wanted to test recipes and try new things.

{Pssst…OBC ’13 registration ends tomorrow. Go get your tickets!}

After two recipe fails in one day and a lot of frustration, I needed something comforting…and something I knew would work.

Enter: Almond Joy Peanut Butter Cookie Bars.

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Last week I was at Walmart and alllll the Halloween is out. I snagged a few bags of Almond Joys because, well, that’s how I celebrate our anniversary.

I knew that these bars would be fantastic, because they start with my favorite peanut butter cookie dough. Instead of making cookies, I just pressed them into a 9-inch square pan.

Then I unwrapped 25 fun size Almond Joys and pressed them on top. Let me tell you, it was hard not to sneak some. Really hard. Like Edward-and-Bella-in-Twilight hard.

But I managed. For all of you!

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These bars are super thick and rich. There’s tons of peanut butter flavor and the Almond Joy on top adds a chocolate and coconut kick to every bite.

I made these in a 9″ square pan, but they are really thick. Next time, I think I’ll make them in a 9×13″ pan and use more Almond Joys on top. Do what you like, I’ve noted the options in the recipe.

I think my favorite part about Halloween are all the mini candy bars.

They’re mini – so it’s okay to eat a dozen. On top of cookies. Right?

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Riiiiiiight. πŸ™‚

Almond Joy Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup peanut butter

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 egg

1 tablespoon vanilla

1 tablespoon milk

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 cups flour

25 mini Almond Joy candy bars, from about a bag and a half (see note)


Directions:


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9x9” pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. (See note.)

  2. Cream butter, peanut butter, and both sugars in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, about 2-3 minutes. Add egg, vanilla, milk, baking soda, and salt and mix until combined. Slowly add flour and mix until dough just comes together.

  3. Press the cookie dough into the prepared pan. Unwrap all the candy bars and press them in even rows along the top of the dough.

  4. Bake for 22-24 minutes, until it gets golden on top. Let cool before slicing so that the candy has a chance to re-harden.


These are very thick bars. If you prefer a thinner cookie bar, press into a 9x13” pan and use more candy bars (probably about 40). You'll need to adjust the baking time as well, probably less time than called for.


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