Chocolate and Peanut Butter Magic Cookie Bars

It's got the magic in me. Graham cracker crusted, chocolate and peanut butter filled blondie-like
cookie bars.

Americans! Americans tend to want it all. We want our cake and to eat it too. We want Europe in Florida led by some mouse, and to be queens and kings of our vacations. Disney has always been good at giving Americans just what they want, including cookies that don't just have chocolate chips, or nuts, but everything including the kitchen sink. They call it magic, I call it capitalism. Disney however,  didn't invent the Magic Cookie Bars that they serve at the Wilderness Lodge, they were just the first to invest in the ideals of gluttonous tourists willing to spend $7.50 on seven layer filled cookie bar. As we say in the South, "God bless their little hearts".

Because you're going to need a cardiologist when your done. Here's the thing, magic cookie bars are supposed to be bright and cheerful with M&Ms or Reese's Pieces, however you can put almost anything in them you want. Consider this is a DIY recipe for your own dream cookie bar. I'll give you the base, and then what I added, but feel free to change it up, and add whatever you like in 1/2 cup amounts. Say you'd like some coconuts, or miniature Snicker bars, well then, as they say at Disney we all have the ability to find the magic in ourselves.

This is some serious cookie dough.
Cookie Bar Base
1.5 cups flour
1.5 sticks of softened unsalted butter
1.5 cups brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs
0.5 teaspoon salt

(Also a bit of cooking spray for good measure.)

Cookie Bar "Fillings"
To the above recipe you can add any number of ingredients to make your own magic. Use 1/2 cup amounts in the batter, and be creative. You can also dust the bottom of the pan with graham crackers, or drizzle some chocolate on top. I was feeling a bit of a peanut butter and chocolate craving the day I made these:

0.5 Cup Reese's Pieces
0.5 Cup M&Ms
0.5 Cup mini-marshmallows
2 ounces of walnuts

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Mix dry ingredients (including the goodies., then add wet and combine.
  3. Spray 13x9 pan with cooking-spray.
  4. Transfer batter and smooth flat.
  5. Bake for 18-24 minutes, texture will be slightly wet in the middle when done
  6. Cool for at least 10 minutes.







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