Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

Oh, the simple recipes. The ones that look just too easy that they cannot possibly taste good. Let me tell you-this delivers on all accounts.

I needed to bring some bars and salad to my brother's house for his youngest child's graduation and going away party (he joined the Marines-I'm still dealing with that). Leading up to the weekend of the party, I had a lot going on. I went to the grocery store after work Friday morning with intentions of making my Double Decker Caramel Crispy Rice bars, but the store didn't have any of the caramel dot-balls-morsels that I use and didn't want to spend all the time unwrapping the caramels, plus the added time to melt the large squares versus the pebbles, so I was trying to come up with something else. I'm not an inspired cook. I cannot look in my pantry and say "Oh look-rice, beans, stock, some chicken in the fridge-I can make X". I believe I have spoken of my innate fear of this. It was also mentioned on someone else's blog (ehem, Grace) that she suffered the same fate, but she speaks and writes much better than I. So, I'm digressing. I stood in the baking aisle at 3:52 AM trying to figure out what to do. I decided to make a pan of peanut butter bars with cut up peanut butter cups in them and then I was going to do a pan of chocolate chip cookie bars. The graduate had specified to one of my sisters (the one that cooks, um not S) that he likes cookies-in-bar form. I looked on the back of a package of Betty Crocker Chocolate chip cookie pouch (don't hate me foodies, I had a time pinch plus I had to make the salad too!) and saw this recipe.

It was heaven in a bar. The aforementioned sister S, who I rarely see eat dessert, had like 5 and proclaimed to everyone around her how good they were. Have I mentioned that both of my sisters are thin and I'm......well, let's just say you can tell I haven't been late to the dinner table much. It was high praise indeed. I made another pan on Monday to bring to work. One guy said he ate three-I think he ate three rows as when I went to next break, half of the pan was gone.
These really are winner, you just need to trust me. And only make them when you have enough people around to help you eat them-or you will eat bar after bar.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies (from Betty Crocker)
1 box Betty Crocker Supreme brownies (with the Hershey syrup package)
ingredients called for on box: oil, water, egg
1 pouch Betty Crocker chocolate chip cookie mix
ingredients called for on pouch: butter and egg
Mix brownie mix according to directions on box. Pour into a greased 9x13 pan. Prepare cookies dough as directed on pouch. Drop spoonfuls all over brownie batter; press the dough into batter. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 35 to 40 minutes, checking after 33 minutes. Cool on rack and cut into bars.
Lose yourself in chocolatey goodness.


Pam said...

It looks decadent and delicious!

Grumpy and HoneyB said...

wow, very easy! Hey, a mix never hurt anyone!

Cheryl said...

Wow, that looks delish. I know a chocolate fan who would love me forever if I made this!

grace said...

something so tasty and decadent shouldn't be allowed to be so simple to make. :)

Alea said...

Don't you wonder who comes up with these brilliant ideas? They look wonderful, I think I am going to try it with the gluten free equivalents of these products. I'll let you know how it works out.

Alea said...

Betty Crockers gluten free brownie and chocolate chip gookie mix were on sale. I took it as a sign from God. :) I might post a picture this on my gluten free blog and I am totally blaming you. However, you have now attained hero status in my kids eyes.

Pam said...

No one could ever hate you over those gorgeous bars!

csr513 said...

Those look so good!!

Quick question--the Betty Crocker cookie pouch says butter and egg; did you use water and butter like you wrote in your instructions??


tamilyn said...

csr513-sorry, it was butter and egg like on package. I had already thrown out the package and the recipe I cut off the back of the pouch just said 'make according to instructions'. Thank you for catching that, I did change it on the post.

Hungry Dog said...

Hey! I think you're a great writer. You make me laugh, which is possibly the quality I prize most in writing. These bars look awesome. I would probably eat at least five to start.

Anonymous said...

Yum.... this looks super. I'm your newest follower.

Monica H said...

It's a brookie- a brownie cookie :-)

These look yummy and i'm not gonna hate on you because a). I loke boked brownies and b). I've made cookies from the pouch and they're pretty good- much better than the premade kind.

I would have eaten 3 rows of these too!

The Captain's Daughter said...

All the best to your dear nephew. Please thank him for his service from our family!

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