Monday, August 29, 2011

4 Layer Cookie Bars + The Worst Housewarming Party Ever

If you've been reading this blog/if you know me at all, you know how excited I was/am about our new apartment. So excited I decided to throw a housewarming party! The apartment's not huge so I wanted to make sure not to invite too many people (especially because some people might bring other people...etc.), but I also wanted to invite enough that people would actually come. I made a facebook event, and texted, inviting somewhere around 10-15 people, with around 2-3 weeks notice before the date. There were more people I would have loved to invited, but, again, space issues. I was so thrilled! A good amount of people told us they would at least maybe be coming, and some said they were definitely! I planned the menu, bought lots of soda, bought snacks, made cheesy chicken dip and 4 Layer Cookie Bars (recipe below). I decided to make the 4 Layer Cookie Bars because they looked good, but also like the kind of thing that are perfect for sharing (not like the thing you want to hide away all to a certain chocolate decadence I will post sometime). I cooked, we cleaned the entire apartment, and then pretty much spent all of party day waiting...and waiting....and waiting. 2 people ended up showing up. One of them was my neighbor who's door is like 2 feet from mine. It was a disaster (don't get me wrong, Robert and Brandon were fun and I was so happy they came but....table full of food, me dressed up, music playing....4 people total). I was completely devastated. I started texting extra people. I got, all on that day, a barrage of texts from people cancelling (for perfectly good reasons, I'm not mad at anyone for not coming, I understand. It just figured they all would have something come up on the day of the one party I throw). It was just dead. I kept fighting back tears. Barely any of the food got eaten. Poor Michael had to eat practically nothing but chips for a couple weeks. And I ate way more of these cookie bars then my tummy should have allowed me. The cookie bars came out great, Robert and Brandon raved about them-definitely make them when you're entertaining! The moral of this story, for me, though, is that I just should not throw parties. They always end this way. *sigh*

4 Layer Cookie Bars

4 Layer Cookie Bars
Layer 1. Sugar Cookie-

  • 1 roll Pillsbury Sugar Cookie Dough
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Press sugar cookie dough into bottom of a 9 x 13 dish that has been lined with foil and sprayed with PAM.
Layer 2. Double Chocolate Cookie-

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • slightly over 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • slightly over 3/4 cup flour
  • slightly over 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • a little over 1/2 cup chocolate chips (sorry some of the measurements are approx. I halved the original recipe, because I didn't feel like having extra double chocolate cookie dough sitting around).
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars. Then, slowly add the egg and vanilla until combined.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Then, slowly add to wet ingredients.
  • Stir in chocolate chips.
  • Layer over the sugar cookie layer, press gently.

Layer 3. Peanut Butter Cookie-

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until combined.
  • Press over chocolate cookie dough layer.

Layer 4. Chocolate Chip Cookie-
(This makes double what you need. You can freeze the extra half or do what I it.)

  • 2 sticks softened/melted butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 bag choc. chips (or if you're going to eat 1/2 of the dough-like me-and you prefer your choc. chip cookie dough...without choc. chips-like me-then just use 1/2 a bag for the dough you use in these bars)
  • Cream butter and sugars until combined.
  • Beat in eggs and vanilla.
  • Mix flour, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl, then slowly add to wet ingredients.
  • Stir in chocolate chips.
  • Spoon 1/2 the dough evenly over the peanut butter layer.
Final Steps-
  • Bake 35-45 minutes (it was def. closer to 45 for me), cover the pan with foil for it's final 15 minutes.
  • Let cool COMPLETELY (AKA...don't make my mistake. Put the pan in the fridge to speed it along) then lift the foil out.
  • Cut into squares and voila! Instant crowd (or 4 people) pleaser!
4 Layer Cookie Bars
Half of this was gone by the end of the night, largely due to my emotional eating.

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