Tagalong Bars

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So in honor of Girl Scout Cookie season I have decided to snag some of their business.

I mean, not in a bad guy, thieving kinda of way, just in an “inspired by” way.

That’s a thing, right?

 

And plus, having purchased no less than 25 boxes of Girl Scout cookies this year alone I feel confident that I am doing my part.

I just can’t say no to those cute girls selling cookies.  Not that I even want to say no…I mean…you can only get them once-ish a year, so they’re totally rare, like an eclipse or locusts.

I mean what happens in October when you need a Thin Mint?  Panic!

 

Anyhow, these bars are just a twist on the famous Tagalong that the Girl Scouts sell.

And because I love me some bar cookies I wanted to make these in square form.

 

Plus, bars are easier.  And well, you know…

So here we go…Tagalong Bars

Tagalong Bars | Cookies and Cups First you just make a simple shortbread crust.
Spread it in your pan evenly and bake it!
 photo PicMonkeyCollage-19_zps6a2b7638.jpg Another thing about these bars, is you can make them in a 9×9 pan OR a 9×13 pan. Totally up to you and the thickness of the bar you prefer!

I like a little junk in my trunk, so I chose thicker.

Next up make your filling.
 photo IMG_7497_zpsf509b46f.jpg Cool your cookie crust and then spread the filling on top…
 photo IMG_7500_zpsa2aba3d4.jpg You’re gonna need to chill the filling for a bit. It will make spreading the chocolate on top easier.

And when you’re ready, melt your chocolate with a little bit of heavy cream.
You can do it in the microwave or over a double boiler. I lost my mind and did it directly in my saucepan and it worked ok, but I would recommend in a double boiler or microwave, if that’s your thing…
 photo PicMonkeyCollage2-4_zps48015f72.jpg Spread it carefully on your peanut butter layer…
 photo IMG_7521_zps825d8a9b.jpg Now chill it again so the chocolate layer sets and you’re ready to eat.

And eat.

 

Annnnd eat.
Tagalong Bars | Cookies and Cups

Tagalong Bars
 
makes about 20 squares
Ingredients
Shortbread Crust
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 cups flour
Peanut Butter Filling
  • 2 cups peanut butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Chocolate layer
  • 1½ cups semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 Tbsp heavy cream
Instructions
Shortbread Crust
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Line 9x9 with aluminum foil. Spray lightly with cooking spray, set aside.
  3. In mixer cream butter and sugar for 1-2 minutes until creamy.
  4. Turn mixer to low and add in vanilla, salt and flour. Stir until incorporated and dough comes together.
  5. Press this evenly in your prepared pan and bake 20-25 minutes or until golden.
  6. Allow to cool completely before moving on to the filling.
Peanut Butter Filling
  1. Beat peanut butter, powdered sugar and vanilla together until smooth.
  2. Spread filling evenly on cookie crust.
  3. Chill for about 30 minutes.
Chocolate layer
  1. In a double boiler melt chocolate chips and cream until smooth.
  2. Spread on peanut butter layer.
  3. Chill until chocolate is set.
  4. Cut into squares.
Notes
You can make this recipe in a 9x13 pan if you would like thinner bars. Adjust baking time to 15 minutes, or until golden.

Store at airtight at room temperature for 2 days or refrigerated for up to 5 days

 

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Guest
February 28, 2013 10:16 am

I want to tagalong these bars all day long!

Guest

I would love to tagalong with you as you make these bars! Oh man. That shortbread crust looks like the perfect base to hold those amazing choco and pb layers!

Guest
February 28, 2013 10:25 am

Um, I’ve never had a tagalong cookie and my daughter is a girl scoot. I’ll just make these bars to console myself now, please.

Guest
February 28, 2013 10:30 am

I too have ordered a ridiculous amount of girl scout cookies, and they aren’t HERE YET. These are just what I need.

Guest
February 28, 2013 10:33 am

I need a big batch of these right now! Yum!

Guest
February 28, 2013 10:36 am

These look yummy…..

Guest
February 28, 2013 10:51 am

Oh yay! Thank you for making Girl Scout stuff from scratch. I always get all huffy and jealous when I see recipes that involve Thin Mints and stuff, just because I haven’t been able to find Girl Scout cookies since I was a girl scout. I don’t know why that is.

Anyway, these look great! And so fun.

PS – I like the word thieving. Random, I know…

Guest
February 28, 2013 11:07 am

There are somehow never ANY girl scouts near where I live so I almost always have to resort to homemade or going without. These bars sound way easier than making a gazillion cookies! Yum.

Guest
February 28, 2013 11:16 am

Tagalongs are my favorite!! Good to have a recipe for when I devour all of the boxes in a matter of days and am craving the delicious cookies later in the year. My mouth thanks you and my thighs hate you. :)

Guest
February 28, 2013 11:16 am

Shelly, these look awesome!!! The peanut butter looks so creamy, I just want to dive in head first!

Guest
February 28, 2013 11:29 am

Ohh, ohh and more ohhhh! And maybe a few la la’s too! We don’t get the Tagalong cookies here in the Uk so you’ve just provided me with the next best thing and therefore I love you [in a platonic way).

Thank you mi’lady. Adding to my ‘to make and bake’ list.

Guest
February 28, 2013 11:30 am

Dear Ms. Cups.

Please send a pan of these directly to my residence for arrival next Monday so that I may put the entire thing in my face while watching The Women Tell All and not feeling guilty one bit because even thought I just ate an entire pan of dessert bars at least I don’t act like Tierra.

Thank you! Meagan

Guest
February 28, 2013 11:45 am

Oh my GOODNESS, Shelly~Girl Scout cookies on steroids, but in a legal, good, “healthy” way:)

Guest
February 28, 2013 1:06 pm

I am heading to the store once I pick up my little guy and get all the ingredients for these!

I MUST MAKE THEM!

Tagalong (along with thin mints) are my absolute FAVORITE GS cookie EVER!

num.

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Amy Bickmore
February 28, 2013 2:06 pm

You had me at “shortbread crust”

Nothing can ever be bad after that!

I’m Canadian and SO jealous of the great flavors our American counterparts sell. We do mint, chocolate and vanilla…BORING!

Might have to make some of these!

Guest
February 28, 2013 2:29 pm

Tagalong cookies were always my favorite! I am super excited about this recipe!

Guest
February 28, 2013 2:31 pm

Swoon! These look perfect, Shelly!

Guest
February 28, 2013 2:33 pm

I’ve made homemade tagalongs before but these are so much easier to make!

Guest
February 28, 2013 2:36 pm

These look so awesome! I want to reach through my screen to grab one!

Guest
February 28, 2013 2:37 pm

These look fabulous!!! Who doesn’t LOVE a Girl Scout cookie concoction!?! No one! The end.

Guest
February 28, 2013 2:42 pm

These look so good not to mention better than the actual cookie!

Guest
February 28, 2013 2:52 pm

Tagalongs have always been my absolute favorite! Thanks for sharing this recipe.:)

Guest
February 28, 2013 3:00 pm

I’ve never had tagalongs! They sound amazing!

Guest
February 28, 2013 3:52 pm

They look awesome and I actually have a similar recipe I saw elsewhere bookmarked. Now I think I have to make them! Beautiful and I want all those layers…now!

Guest
February 28, 2013 4:10 pm

That peanut butter filling looks so Goooooood! And with shortbread…. I need is a cold glass of milk!

Guest
February 28, 2013 4:25 pm

If they’re selling sawdust, I’d buy it to support our cute li’l girl scouts!

Guest
February 28, 2013 4:25 pm

Doll, these look wicked tasty.

Guest
February 28, 2013 5:13 pm

Girl Scout Cookies are evil! I can’t stop eating them. Now I’m afraid of these bars too! (Darn, they look good!)

Guest
February 28, 2013 5:51 pm

“Hey girl! I’ll tagalong with YOU any day!” lol! Ooooh, boy. Sorry, long day equals corny jokes. Great job with these! I’ve never had tagalongs, and rarely ever get any Girl Scout cookies (shoot, I know!) but maybe, just maybe I’ll make these!

Guest
February 28, 2013 8:40 pm

I’m gasping in excitement here!

Guest
Suzanne
February 28, 2013 9:04 pm

Wow, these really look good , can’t wait to try them!

Guest
February 28, 2013 9:07 pm

These look so YUMMEH!!!!!!

Guest
Brenda
February 28, 2013 9:08 pm

Are you trying to kill me??? Tagslongs anytime I want??? Oh dear! I wonder if a diet of salad and tagslong bars constitutes a balanced diet?

Guest
Jaime
February 28, 2013 10:09 pm

Hi there – I tried making these tonight and the peanut butter filling was really stiff, not at all spreadable (and I even added some heavy cream). Is the filling recipe missing any ingredients? Some butter maybe?

Guest
February 28, 2013 10:18 pm

These look amazing!! I know what I’m making next….

Guest
February 28, 2013 11:25 pm

Oh dang. Those look good. I’m trying to hide out until all the ‘girls’ go away :) Just kidding. I’ve never actually had a girl scout actually approach me to sell cookies. I can’t figure it out. Maybe because I’m too much of a hermit?

Guest
March 1, 2013 2:20 am

Wow. These look wonderful! 😀 Girl Scout cookies….ahhh one of my weaknesses.

Guest
March 1, 2013 8:25 am

We just ate our last Taglong last night. These look amazing!

Guest
March 1, 2013 10:45 am

Oooo, love those layers!

Guest
March 1, 2013 12:09 pm

Oh my gosh, these look ridiculously good!

Guest
March 1, 2013 12:54 pm

Oh, these look great!!!

Guest
March 1, 2013 3:41 pm

Now I know what to make my dad for Father’s Day … he is a Tagalong ADDICT!

Guest
March 2, 2013 7:10 am

I am apparently the only person in the US who doesn’t know a girl scout. Every year I run around looking for places to buy cookies. These bars could probably do a great job holding me over until I locate some cookies. I need my yearly do-si-do fix.

Guest
March 2, 2013 5:29 pm

when I saw these my eyes almost popped out of my head. this is seriously my type of dessert!!!!!!

Guest
March 4, 2013 8:31 am

I have yet to find a girl scout cookie this year. Sad. So, I neeeeeed to make these. 😀

Guest
Lori
March 4, 2013 3:38 pm

I am literally making this right now, shortbread in the oven, peanut butter layer ready to go.

Guest
March 4, 2013 11:56 pm

The inner 10-year-old in me who once devoured half a row of Tagalongs in one sitting just died. These bars are officially on my “spring break specials” recipe list for this week. Thanks ! :)

Guest
March 7, 2013 10:23 pm

I make a similar cookie that I call “twix cookies,” which are pretty much my favorite bar cookie. So instead of the peanut butter, I use caramel. I must try this recipe! Who doesn’t love a tagalong?!

Guest
March 8, 2013 7:39 pm

I want to bury my face in there!

Guest
March 11, 2013 5:05 am

Oh yum, your bars look so good!

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