Friday, August 19, 2011

Chocolate Crunch Cookie Bars

Not sure why but it seems the most made dessert in my house is always cookies.  I always have the ingredients for cookies on hand at all times in my house.  Plus, my daughter seems to always be able to convince me to make them.  I love to bake so simply asking me is enough to get me in the kitchen.  Except today she decided I was her helper.  She did all the measuring and egg cracking.  She was very excited when I handed her the bag of chocolate and butterscotch chips and told her it was up to her how much she put into the cookies.  Of course, both bags went in!  I decided to make these into bars instead of cookies just because that was what I was in the mood to do.  I love this recipe and love the flavor of chocolate, peanut butter and butterscotch combined with the crunch of the oats and corn flakes.  I actually have a mixer but I find it is much more kid friendly for me and my daughter to make things like cookies and mix them by hand.  That way she gets to stir and add things without the mixer taking all the fun and doing all the work.  I wear an apron in the kitchen so she had me buy her one so she could wear one too!  She tells me that when she is a mama one day that she can make cookies in the kitchen without any help at all.   

Chocolate Crunch Cookie Bars

1 c. shortening
1 c. packed brown sugar
1/2 c. creamy peanut butter
1 c. sugar
2 large eggs
1 c. vegetable oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 c. crushed corn flakes
1 1/2 c. quick cooking oats
3 c. all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 pkg. dark chocolate chips 
1 pkg. butterscotch chocolate chips

Preheat over to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, beat peanut butter, brown sugar, sugar and shortening at medium speed with an electric mixer till creamy. Beat in eggs, vegetable oil, & vanilla till smooth. Stir in cereal & oats. Combine the flour, baking soda & salt then gradually add it to the mixture. Beat till combined and stir in the chocolate and butterscotch chips.


  1. Great recipe, but I just love to see pictures of kids in the kitchen. WOnderful blog material and will be there years from now!

  2. Boy do these look good. The pictures of your little gal in the email were adorable. When my children were teenagers and cooked dinner when I worked late, people would ask how I got them to do that. My answer always that I began to let them help cook when they were very small and thought cooking was great fun. This usually involved making a greater mess than if I had just done it myself. I say "Way to Go" with your little sweetie.