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Back to school time; when summer is starting to wind down and you are either [a] craving a routine, fall tv and pumpkin everything or [b] screaming and crying and already dreading the end of your lazy summer days.  No matter which group you fall into, you can’t do anything about it.  School will start.  The kids will need to be in a routine, which means mom and dad need to be back in a routine!  Sports and after school activities will begin taking over your weeks and suddenly everyone will be looking at you, wondering what the after school snack is.  Enter, TOLL HOUSE® refrigerated cookie dough.  This is SUCH a savior.  Why you ask?  Because you can take this cookie dough and make cookie bars!  Check them out! Cookie bars

I was wandering the aisles of Walmart, wondering what I could use as a grab and go breakfast option, or a mid-afternoon snack.  Granola bars – eh.  Power bars – yuck.  Anything packaged – too expensive and not filling enough in my eyes.  When I saw the TOLL HOUSE® refrigerated cookie dough a light went off in my head.  I suddenly had a vision of making my own version of granola bars that would obviously taste a lot better and be way more filling!  I am calling them cookie bars.  So I snatched up three different flavors that sounded intriguing to me, and headed home to play around.  Make sure you look in the refrigerated section for these.  See?  This is where I found the cookie dough for my cookie bars.

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Here are the super easy and totally worth it steps to make cookie bars:

  • Make any oatmeal cookie recipe.   My recipe made 24 cookies, as a reference.  The oatmeal cookie recipe works well because then the bars don’t taste 100% like a cookie, and they are a bit more filling with the oats.  cookie bars
  • Split the oatmeal cookie dough in three parts.  Mix each part with a cookie dough flavor of your choice.
  • Spray an 11 x 13 pan with a non-stick spray and spread the mixture out in the pan, trying to get it as even as possible.  It will look like this when it’s ready to be baked.cookie bars
  • Bake the bars at 375 degrees for 15 – 20 minutes.  You definitely don’t want the undercooked cookie thing going on.  You want the bars to have structure.  So I baked them slightly more than I would with a normal cookie and they turned out perfectly.  I mean would you look at this?!Cookie bars
  • Cut into bars and voila – granola cookie bars on the go!

Want to make these even tastier?  Try a little peanut butter on top.  Oh my word.  That’s been my breakfast every day this week and I am one pleased Mama!cookie bars

 

Need more inspiration? Check out this website or pinterest board for lots of back to school ready ideas! In case this isn’t enough to entice you, from July 25 to September 15, when you purchase any two (2) 30 oz. or larger Stouffers products and at least one (1) refrigerated Tollhouse cookie dough product at a participating Walmart store you can get a $5 Walmart egift card! Check out the dates and complete rules to find out how HERE!!

  • Step 1 – Purchase products
  • Step 2 – Take a photo of your receipt, the image must be clear and legible, with the purchase date included and showing the qualified purchase.
  • Step 3 – Text NESTLEFAMILY to 35350
  • Step 4 – Once confirming you want to participate by responding ‘YES’, you will be prompted to send the image of your receipt.
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