It’s finals week, which means I haven’t slept or eaten. And if it weren’t for the fact that I had to look presentable for my WKTV segment this morning, I probably wouldn’t have showered either. My body is just overall confused and wondering why I’m putting it through this. I’m sorry, body, but I have no say in the matter. This is college life.
I’ve been a zombie all week, and I need something to wake me up. I need a kick in the butt, a spirit-lifter. I need food.
If these Ultimate Triple Layer Christmas Bars don’t perk me up, then nothing will. You can keep your coffee and Red Bull; I am content with sugar and comfort food.
Y’all known I’m the queen of hybrid treats, and these 3-layer devils are no exception. Fudgy brownie is topped with chewy chocolate chip cookies, Candy Cane Oreos, a white chocolate drizzle, and a refreshing peppermint crunch. The bars themselves are rich and indulgent, while the topping provides textural contrast, balancing everything out in heavenly harmony.
These are really awesome if you need a holiday treat for a get-together. Why make one boring kind of Christmas cookies when you can have three treats in one? I just love fusing a trio of dessert veterans together. It lets me kill multiple cravings in a single shot.
With these thick, beautiful bars of stacked bliss, I feel much better. Don’t you?
A Few Tips Before You Get Cooking:
If you can’t find the Candy Cane Oreos, Peppermint Oreos or plain Mint Oreos will work fine. I know; I’m not sure why there’s three kinds of the same Oreo out there either.
Be careful not to overcook. If you find the cookie layer browning faster than the brownie layer is baking, cover with foil.
You could add crushed candy came bits for crunch.
Dark chocolate can be used instead of white for the topping, but I like how the white lets you see the green sprinkles.
Ultimate Triple Layer Christmas Bars
By The Smart Cookie Cook
For the bars
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
1 ½ cups milk chocolate chips
1 box brownie mix
20 Candy Cane Oreos
For the topping
1 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup crushed candy cane bits
In a medium mixing bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, and salt just until combined. Set aside.
In the bowl of a standing mixer, beat together butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar and vanilla on medium speed until well-combined. Beat in the eggs.
Beat in dry ingredients in thirds, starting at low speed then increasing as it starts to combine. Once all ingredients are well-combined, fold in chocolate chips. Cover and place in fridge.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13 pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.
Prepare brownie mix according to box directions. Pour into pan and place Oreos in a single layer into the batter. Bake 15 minutes.
Add cookie dough in dollops across the top of the brownies. Return to oven and bake for another 10-20 minutes, or until cookies are golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with just a few crumbs. If you find the cookies baking faster than the brownies, place foil over the top so they don’t get to brown. Let cool completely.
Place white chocolate in a medium microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until melted and smooth. Drizzle over the top of the cooled bars and immediately add sprinkles and candy cane bits. Cover and place in fridge to set, about 15 minutes. Cut into squares and store in an air-tight container.
If there’s one thing that every holiday get-together needs, it’s mini stuff: mini hors devours, mini candy canes, mini cats in mini santa hats, mini desserts, etc. Mini stuff and holiday parties go hand-in-hand.
But what rocks about tiny treats is that mini doesn’t mean mini flavor; in fact, quite the opposite. My Mini Twice-Baked Potato Puffs, for example, are packed with potato power.
That makes me think the world needs a potato-themed superhero. Super Spud! Saving the day with his potato power!
If Super Spud existed, he’d keep a couple dozen of these babies in his belt at all times, not because he could harm villains with them, but because they’re so delicious, anyone who ate them wouldn’t want to be evil anymore.
My Mini Twice-Baked Potato Puffs are crispy and golden-brown on the outside and fluffy and creamy inside. They’re studded with tangy, melty asiago cheese and fresh, sweet scallions. I used Yukon golds because they’ve got a naturally buttery taste that makes these poppable puffs even better. Continue reading →
I know a lot of people, myself included, who would be quite happy with simply getting a big ol’ jar of Nutella for Christmas. But what if I told you that you could give them something even better and make it yourself?
This Mixed Nut Truffle Butter is the ultimate DIY holiday gift. It tastes like a richer, dreamier version of Nutella. But what’s really awesome is that it’s customizable. You can pick whatever combination of nuts you like, and it’ll be delicious. Continue reading →
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Now, if this is your first SCS post, let me explain. This is a bi-weekly post where I give you the straight-up breakdown of the newest products in the grocery store so you know if they’re worth buying.
So, grab your shopping list, your reusable grocery bags, and your pants (hey, you never know what you might forget in the rush to hit the grocery store before the holidays), and let’s get shopping. Continue reading →
Does anyone else feel powerless in the face of holiday treats? You could probably tell by my holiday edition of Smart Cookie Shopping that I lose all resolve when I see fun festive products on the shelves. Add gingerbread, peppermint, or eggnog to something, and I must try it.
You would think I had at least gotten the holiday fever out of my system after my last shopping spree, but it happened all over again the next time I stopped at Target. I picked up a package or two of their Candy Cane Oreos and a bag of Andes Peppermint chips, knowing they’d make for some delectable holiday baking. Naturally, I was right. I used my seasonal purchases to whip up my Candy Cane Oreo Brownie Truffles. Continue reading →
I may be a vegetarian, but it doesn’t bother me much when other people aren’t. We all have our own lifestyles. However, some people are legitimately hostile towards me about my vegetarianism; they get angry because they can’t understand. And instead of taking a “you live your life, and I’ll live mine” approach, they judge.
But I have to say, it’s sort of entertaining when non-vegetarians assume they know more about my diet than I do. I always get the “But how do you get your PROTEIN??” questions, and comments like “I’m worried about your health!” Geez people, I’ve been a vegetarian for six years, and I’m still kicking, so I think I know what I’m doing by now. What has never made sense to me is how one can be an expert on vegetarianism without ever having been one.
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