Tagalong Bars are a homemade version of the classic Girl Scout Cookie…a buttery shortbread crust, with a sweet, creamy peanut butter filling, topped with rich chocolate. A fun twist on the original!
Tagalong Bars are my contribution to Girl Scout Cookie season…which basically means I snagged their idea. 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.
So here we go…Tagalong Bars
First you just make a simple shortbread crust. I used Challenge Butter in this recipe, because it’s my favorite. If you have been a reader of my site for any length of time you know I use Challenge almost exclusively. It’s always consistently creamy, fresh, and delicious. It’s 100% pasteurized sweet cream and salt…that’s it. Using a quality butter in shortbread absolutely makes a difference!
- ½ cup Challenge Butter, room temperature (1 stick)
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 2 teaspoons milk
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- 1 cup flour
- 1½ cups creamy peanut butter
- 1½ cups powdered sugar
- 1¼ cups semi sweet chocolate chips
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Line 9x9 with aluminum foil. Spray lightly with cooking spray, set aside.
- In mixer fitted with your paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar for 1-2 minutes on medium speed until creamy, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary. Turn the mixer to low and add in vanilla, milk, salt, and flour. Stir until incorporated and dough comes together.
- Press this evenly in your prepared pan and bake 15-20 minutes or until golden.
- Allow to cool completely before moving on to the filling.
- In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream the peanut butter and powdered sugar together until smooth.
- Spread filling evenly on cookie crust.
- Chill for about 30 minutes.
- In a double boiler melt chocolate chips and cream until smooth.
- Spread on peanut butter layer.
- Chill until chocolate is set, about 30 minutes.
- Cut into squares.
*This post is in partnership with my long-term relationship with Challenge Butter. All opinions are my own.