Thursday, May 10, 2012

Four Layer Cookie Bars

Let me start by saying that Ryan refers to these as "The Diabetes Bars". That named was reaffirmed by both my best friend and her significant other. These things are SWEET - the type of sweet that leaves you reaching for your toothbrush in fear of instant cavities. They are rich, and I mean really, really, really rich. The four layers consist of a sugar cookie, a double chocolate chip cookie, a peanut butter cookie, and a chocolate chip cookie. I know most sweets lovers will think that this is the most glorious creation possibly ever, but even I could only eat a few bites before feeling the need to stop myself. This cookie bar is delicious, but if you don't enjoy rich sweets, you will not like these. I would highly suggest a tall glass of milk to accompany this monster, followed by a long trip to the gym.

Four Layer Cookie Bar

Layer 1: Sugar Cookie
1 Roll of Pillsbury Sugar Cookie Dough
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Press sugar cookie dough into bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish that’s been lined foil and sprayed with cooking spray.

Layer 2: Double Chocolate Chip Cookie 
(the recipe below makes double what you’ll need for the bars, use extra for cookies)

1 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 3/4 cups flour
1 1/4 cups cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Cocoa Powder)
2 tsps. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Slowly add eggs and vanilla until well combined.
In another bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Slowly add to wet ingredients then stir in chips. Layer 1/2 the recipe over sugar cookie layer, pressing gently.

Layer 3: Peanut Butter Cookie
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg

Place all ingredients into a bowl and mix until combined.  Press over chocolate cookie dough.

Layer 4:  Chocolate Chip Cookie
(the recipe below makes double what you’ll need for the bars, use extra for cookies)

2 sticks softened butter
3/4 Cup granulated sugar
3/4 Cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 Tablespoon pure vanilla
2 1/2 Cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 bag chocolate chips

Place all ingredients into a bowl and mix until combined.  Press over chocolate cookie dough.

Make sure oven is preheated to 350 degrees F.  In a stand or electric mixer cream the butter and sugars until well combined.  Beat in eggs and vanilla until combined.  
Place flour, baking soda and salt into a large bolw; mix to combine.  Slowly add to wet ingredients along with chocolate chips.  Spoon 1/2 of the dough evenly over peanut butter cookie dough but don’t press, just leave uneven.  Bake for 35-45 minutes or until center of dough is cooked mostly through.  Edges will be brown.
Let cookies cool completely. Lift out of pan with edges of foil. Drizzle top with 1/2 Cup melted chocolate chips if desired.

Recipe courtesy of Picky Palate.


  1. Hello Summer Bathing Suit Season!

    These look so good (it almost makes me not want to think about shorts or bathing suits or fitting into wedding dresses) - YUM, guess its time to find a work-out plan I can deal with!

    1. lol! You sound just like me! I swear I gained weight looking at these things! I am constantly starting these "veggie, fruit, chicken" diets, and then my need for sweets kicks in and I'm done before I really even began. I have given up on ending my relationship with sugar...and chocolate. It looks like I will just have to workout extra hard ;)

      Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment!