Sometimes we stumble upon a recipe that’s so sinfully good, we just can’t take it. Exhibit A: these Peanut Butter Swirl Bars from our Dessert and Occasions plans. If the combination of cookie dough, peanut butter sandwich cookies, and fudge brownie mix isn’t enough to convince you, throw in some cream cheese and swirl it on top. Holy moly! Make a batch of these for a girls’ night or to bring to your monthly book club, and we promise you’ll walk away the consummate favorite.
Don’t be thrown off by the long bake time. Traditional bar and brownie recipes use the wooden pick test (inserted in the center) to test for doneness, but you’ll want to watch for the center of the bars to be puffed and set with this recipe. (In this case, a wooden pick might test cleanly before the brownie batter is fully cooked.)
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Gathering with family and friends is one of life’s great joys, be it a festive fall harvest or special Christmas dinner. Whether you’re a first-time hostess or a confident cook, the eMeals Occasions Plan menus will be your go-to source for entertaining. New menus are sent to you every other week, and you’ll always have access to every previous menu right at your fingertips.
- 1½ (16.5-oz) rolls refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough, cut into ½-inch-thick slices
- 1 (16-oz) pkg peanut butter sandwich cookies (such as Nutter Butters)
- 1 (18.4-oz) box chocolate fudge brownie mix
- 1 (8-oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 tsp vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350°F; line a 13-x 9-inch pan with foil. Lightly grease foil. Arrange cookie dough in a single layer in pan. Using floured hands, press dough together to completely cover bottom of pan. Place sandwich cookies in a single layer over dough.
- Prepare brownie mix according to package directions; pour over cookies.
- In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Add egg, peanut butter and vanilla, beating until blended. Drop mixture by tablespoonfuls over brownie batter; swirl batters together with a knife.
- Bake 50 to 60 minutes or until the center is puffed and set. Cover pan loosely with foil to prevent excess browning, if necessary. Cool completely before cutting.