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“Cookie Dough” Bars (with Candy)

Ingredients

Base

  • ½ c 1 stick butter, softened
  • ¾ c packed light brown sugar
  • 2 c all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 c chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup m&m’s

Icing

  • ½ cup crunchy peanut butter
  • ½ cup milk chocolate chips

Instructions

Base

  • Line an 8×8 inch pan with your parchment paper and set aside.
  • In stand mixer (or lg bowl), mix together softened butter and brown sugar until fluffy for (2-3 minutes)
  • Add in vanilla until combined. Alternate adding flour and sweetened condensed milk until well combined (will become creamy and smooth).
  • Mix in the chocolate chips and M&M’s.
  • Press the cookie dough into the bottom of a parchment paper lined 8×8 pan and cover. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours, overnight is fine.
  • Flip the cookie dough out onto a cutting board or plate and carefully peel back the parchment paper. Place back in the fridge while you make the “icing”.

Icing

  • Combine the peanut butter and ½ cup chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on medium-high and be sure to stir every 30 seconds until melted. Pour and spread using your offset spatula over the top of the chilled dough. Chill until topping has hardened. Cut into pieces and serve!
  • *we cut ours into about 24 squares but you can make them more “bite-sized” and get even more out of this recipe!