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The fall is quickly passing! Thanksgiving will soon be here before we know it and it is time to think about holiday parties! Whether you choose to go out to a restaurant to have your party or do one at home, time is now upon us to start thinking about it and to start planning it!

Last year a friend who does not bake was invited to a holiday party where she needed to bring a dessert and asked me to bake the dessert for her! Of course I said yes and when she told me about the party I thought what a brilliant idea it was!

Apparently the house she was going to for a holiday party had a connection to Betty Crocker! All the guests were asked to bring a dessert made from a Betty Crocker recipe. A dessert party made with Betty Crocker’s recipes and mixes! How fun especially after I went on to Betty Crocker’s website! A huge array of recipes awaited and I could have easily spent a day looking at the site and recipes.

My friend already had the dessert she wanted me to make picked out! As a lover of peanut butter and chocolate she selected layered peanut butter bars. The recipe was easy to make and I made two, one for myself and one for my friend to take to her Betty Crocker Party! Why make two? How could I bake something and not taste it? I could not so I baked two! I am glad I did! The Betty Crocker layered peanut butter bars were a success at the party and at my house as well.

How was the party, a huge success! A dessert party where guests bring recipes made with Betty Crocker’s products is a great party concept! Easy and filled with surprises since you don’t know what your guests will be bringing. Turns out there were no dessert duplicates at the party and a great time was had by all!

Here is the recipe I made:

Layered Peanut Butter Bars

Layers of rich peanut butter cookie, peanut butter filling and chocolate frosting beg to be indulged in.

Prep Time 20 minutes

Total Time 2:20 hours: minutes

Makes 36 bars

Cookie Base

1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® peanut butter cookie mix

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 tablespoon water

1 egg


1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

2 cups powdered sugar

2 teaspoons milk


1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1/4 cup butter

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray bottom of 13×9-inch pan with cooking spray.
  2. In large bowl, stir all Cookie Base ingredients until soft dough forms. Press dough in bottom of pan using floured fingers. Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  3. In small bowl, beat all Filling ingredients with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Spread mixture evenly over cookie base.
  4. In microwavable bowl, microwave all Frosting ingredients on High 30 seconds; stir until smooth. Cool 10 minutes; spread over filling. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until set. For bars, cut into 9 rows by 4 rows.



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