Blizzard Bars

So let me tell you a secret.

I lied for the first time ever about my age the other day.

And I feel weird and ashamed about it.



Here’s the scenario…

I was at the salon getting my hair done and I was talking to the girl who does facials there.  I was complaining about the stupid wrinkles that I am getting around my stupid eyes and asking her about miracle treatments that can be done so I look like I’m 18 again.  Or even 28.  Whatever.

Anyhow, she asked me how old I was.  It wasn’t a rude question and fit in with the context of the discussion, but I honestly froze.  And then lied.

I told her I was ONE YEAR younger than I am.  WHY WOULD I DO THAT?  ONE YEAR?  Not FIVE years?  Dumb.

What in the world difference does one year make?  Let me answer that.  It makes no difference…

But I did it, and then instantly I was unable to make eye contact with her.  So yeah, I’m pretty sure she knew I was lying, and not only that, I’m pretty sure that she thinks that I am WAY older than what I said.  So basically I have the urge now to tell her that I was mistaken, and completely forgot about 2012, making me a whole year older than I claimed to be, which sounds way more liar-y than if I had just told her the truth in the first place.

And also, why would I lie to someone who I am talking to about my wrinkles??  Wouldn’t telling her I’m younger than I am be a WORSE scenario?  Like oh honey, yeah you look way older than that?!  I should have said that I am 65 and then let her compliment me on how young I look.



Moral of the story…never lie.

The end.


Anyway I decided when I got home I needed to make treats, that would make me fat, which will ultimately fill in all the wrinkles.

My mind is a scary place to live.


Blizzard Bars.  Make them and live wrinkle free.

Blizzard Bars | Cookies and CupsI’m calling these Blizzard Bars for 2 reasons.

One, because we just had a blizzard and I made them on that day.  I know, boring.

Second because you can totally add ANY mix in you want, just like the DQ Blizzards.

M&Ms?  Yep, those would work.

Oreo chunks?  Totally.

Twix?  Yes please.


I narrowed it down to a few of my favorites:  chocolate, caramel and peanut butter cups.

What’s best about these is that that they are crazy easy.


All you need are a few things:
 photo IMG_6941_zps7df79f42.jpgI even bought graham cracker crumbs in a box because I was feeling lazy.

To make this a one pan from start to finish dessert, I melted my butter in my 9×13 while the oven was preheating.
 photo IMG_6944_zpsa4230fbf.jpgWhen the butter is melted, add in your graham cracker crumbs and a pinch of salt.
 photo IMG_6949_zps22d7cec1.jpgMix that together and press into the pan to create your crust.
Next pour a whole can of sweetened condensed milk on top…
 photo IMG_6950_zpsf29e2d45.jpgCarefully spread it so it covers the crust.
 photo IMG_6960_zpsa09dd1cb.jpgNext it’s time for your add ins. I started with Caramel Bits…
 photo IMG_6962_zpse3721f48.jpgThen some chocolate chips…
 photo IMG_6963_zps34e6f59a.jpgJust make sure everything is evenly distributed…
 photo IMG_6964_zps44e8a2bf.jpgThen bake it up!

When it was done I topped it with some peanut butter cups. I used these little cuties I found at Trader Joe’s
 photo IMG_6965_zpsbcb26885.jpgI added these after I baked them because I didn’t want the peanut butter cups to melt.

So as soon as the bars came our of the oven I sprinkled them on, so they would melt enough to stick, but not enough that they wouldn’t hold their shape…
 photo IMG_6969_zpse9f08a9f.jpgJust let them cool completely…I actually stuck them in the fridge to speed up the process…and then cut into bars.

Blizzard Bars | Cookies and Cups

Blizzard Bars
makes 20 bars
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1½ cups graham cracker crumbs
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup caramel bits
  • 1½ cups mini peanut butter cups
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Melt butter and mix with graham cracker crumbs and salt. Press this into the bottom of a 9x13 pan.
  3. Pour the entire can of sweetened condensed milk on top.
  4. Sprinkle with caramel bits and chocolate chips.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes or until top gets lightly browned.
  6. Remove from oven and sprinkle peanut butter cups on top.
  7. Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars.
store in an airtight container for 2 days.
recipe adapted from Bake or Break


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Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies

So, um, you’re kind of my hero and I hate you at the same time. Simply because I don’t have *any* of these ingredients on hand, and dude, there’s snow outside. I don’t do the outdoors thing when there’s frozen water on the ground.

Gayle Marie

Amber…..that’s why these are called “Blizzard Bars”….when it is snowing like heck and you have no ingredients!! I hope you finally got to try them! :0)


You are hilarious and those bars look amazing. If they will fill in all my wrinkles I’m baking dozens of batches 🙂


These look gorgeous! Soooo, fat fills in wrinkles? hmmm. Excuse me while I order a double bacon cheeseburger.


I love those little peanut butter cups!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

These look so freaking tasty! And don’t worry about the age thing…it happens to everyone 🙂

Colleen @ What

Heck yeah! These are some awesome looking blizzard bars! If only I had made them during the blizzard. Next time! Oh wait, I don’t want there to be a next time – no more blizzards, please.


I love Trader Joe’s mini PB cups! I’ve used them in place of cookies and cream drops in those chocolate cookies of yours and they are life changing!


Too funny about your lie – I mean, not that you DID lie but that it wasn’t even WORTH IT! ONE YEAR!! LOL! I do like your thinking on getting fat to fill in the wrinkles….hmmm maybe I’d better not try to lose all that weight this year. :S
Now I am thinking of Blizzards and we do NOT have a DQ in this podunk town. Isn’t that a crime? Don’t ALL podunk towns require at least a DQ?? No DQ, no ingredients. Poo

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

Wrinkles. YUCK. I haven’t lied about my age yet…but I’m sure close. Maybe I can make these bars to fill out the lines a little? LOL, they look amazing!!

Sue {munchkin munchies}

You are funny Shelly, and these look so yummy!
When you are my age, no one asks you your age anymore:) One thing I have learned is that a smile is an instant face lift! It really is; it fills in all the wrinkles (most anyway)!

Leslie @ Triathlete Treats

I love blizzards. I always get pb cups!! Those look awesome and so easy!!


I haven’t yet started lying about my age but have no doubt it shall happen soon. Maybe not if I eat more of these to fill in all the wrinkles…


Completely everything and more that I dream of to pop into my mouth. WOW!

Julianne @ Beyond Frosting

What a cute idea! I love that you and mix in anything you want!

Averie @ Averie Cooks

graham cracker crumbs, sweet milk, PB cups, chocolate – an all star lineup for sure!

lying about 1year off your age is like people who rob a bank for 20 bucks. Go big or go home. LOL 🙂


Love all the candy in these bars. I`m a HUGE candy loving fan!


So it’s unfair how uncannily you’ve picked up on every single one of my favorite ingredients ever…I am loving the idea of these bars at the moment. And yes, even taking your moral anecdote into hand, I would readily lie and say that there are “none left” to my apartment-mates if it meant hoarding the whole pan. Better believe it! You can consider yourself responsible if you’d like 🙂

Cookbook Queen

So yes, these are basically perfect.

Is it weird that I’m jealous of your blizzard?

sue @ cakeballs, cookies and more

most yummy way to beat wrinkles ever!

Brian @ A Thought For Food

Ha! Well, at least it was a silly lie and not one that was going to do much damage. 🙂

Ok… these blizzard bars look like Crack in dessert form. Holy cow!


You look great for your advanced age! (KIDDING!). Love these bars, they look to die for!

Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

Mercy these bars look absolutely perfect – even though we’re just having rain and no blizzard.

Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies

I always think people think I’m lying about my age because I always forget how old I am and then I pause before answering. And I feel like the fact that I forget how old I am is pretty much a testament to the fact that I am old. Way old. Love those little PB cups from Trader Joe’s–yum!

bridget {bake at 350}

I am laughing SO HARD about you making yourself ONE year younger!!! That is priceless! You could easily pass for in your 20s! And, I’m all about the fat smoothing our wrinkles theory…I only wish it worked on cellulite.

OK…the bars. I need them, Shelly, NEED them in my life. Right NOW.


The caramel bits look like chick peas! Which, even though you said you can put anything in these bars, would probably be really strange. I just turned 30, so I think if I start eating these bars now, I should be good 😉


Shelly, I laughed SO HARD while reading this post. Good Moral- never lie. I’m pretty sure a few blizzard bars would make me feel a little younger as well! 🙂


lol i’m totally not good at lieing. hang in there. love the concept of the blizzard bars!

Katrina @ In Katrina

That is TOTALLY something I would say! Also I lied the other day about a pair of boxer shorts I was buying for my husband. They were Angry Birds and mostly I bought them so my son would think it was hilarious to see his dad walking around in Angry Bird underwear. Then I saw someone who I kind of know and I completely lied and said they were for my teenage brother. Yeah because buying underwear for your brother isn’t weird or anything.

Debby Pucci

I want some now, these looks awesome!


I want these. And I want to THANK you for being so dependable with the treats. You never fail. Other food blogs, you know, they’re great and all, but when I sit down on a Monday morning I just want to read about SWEETS and you always deliver.


Haha! Love your story and I’m going to remember it when I start getting wrinkles! Well, I’m almost 38 so maybe I already have some, or maybe I’m lying to myself! Oh no, better go get some choclate! 🙂

Sonia the Mexigarian

I hear you on the wrinkles around the eyes. I have no idea where mine came from. Though I hear they come from smiling so much. Whatever the case, I need these blizzard bars to fill them up. Totally making these. I have a feeling they will hit my insatiable chocolate craving.


I’m laughing so hard right now! WHY!? Why do we freeze like that in the moment?! I have done it myself – and I swear it never pays. And yet…

Thanks for the miracle wrinkle cure.

I loved the story about lying about your age. My mother used to do that all the time. I remember one day the minister was in our living room, having a nice visit, and age came up. My mother said she was 21, chuckling while she said it. I, being the big-mouthed brat that I was, jumped into the conversation and said … but mom, you can’t be 21, you were 30 when I was born, and I am 6, so you have to be 36. Dead silence. The minister coughed and politely changed the subject. I think I am… Read more »
Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

Wishing I was in that blizzard so I wouldn’t have to feel guilty about staying in and eating the whole batch! 😉


I wish I had those bars during the blizzard! I always make magic bars aka layer bars with coconut but caramel and pb cubs is an awesome addition !


Those look so delicious! I have lied about my age before because I literally forgot that I had recently had a


This look so good, wish I had any of these ingredients to make them. If it makes you feel better my granny lied about her age for like 50 years, and only off by one year! She finally came clean when my mom took her to the er after she broke her arm. By that time she was in her 70’s! She said it was because she was older than my grandfather- but I doubt that…


If there was a blizzard right now, where I live I would make a tray of these and eat one, or ten. They look awesome.


Anything with sweetened condensed milk is delish! I also love Trader Joes!

Another great recipe, you’re a genius…just say’n!

Emily ~SoDomesticated~

I would not feel guilty about eating these bars. Not one little bit ; )

Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes

I could definitely use some blizzard bars today…..
Also, I haven’t lied about my age yet but it will be a sad day when I have to do that (and that day will probably be very soon…)

Russell van Kraayenburg

You are on a roll with desserts today (although I guess it’s just me who’s reading like two months of posts from you in one day). Either way, I love it all!

Jess @ On Sugar Mountain

ohmygod these look like a college girl’s dream come true. Or mine anyway 😉 and I literally laughed out loud (probably to the confusion of people around me) at the fat filling in the wrinkles. If that is true, count me in !

That is too funny, because I worked for a woman that was 72 and told everyone she was 51. She looked at least 65, so it was a total joke. Percentagewise, it would have made me about 24 (I was 35 at the time). I eventually quit because I couldn’t deal with the lie she expected me to perpetuate! My hubby always wants to tell people he’s way older than he is so they’ll think he looks GREAT for his age. Because isn’t that better than looking like hell? Anyway, these bars look FABULOUS at any age! 🙂

Ha! I plan to lie about my age from here on out. I’m Forever 29, the end. And now I am hungry. If I make these I will probably have to lie about how many I ate.

Anne@Have a Cookie!

I am going to make these with a pretzel crust since I have a big ole bag of pretzels to use up. I’m sure they’ll be yummy!


I legit can not ever remember how old I am. I’m constantly like 30! No, 31! Wait…30? until someone takes pity on me and does the math. It’s embarrassing.


I’ve been saying I am 110 since my oldest was in the first grade. Now that it’s almost true I’ve upped it to 120. Never was asked a second time except by a guy trying to sell me insurance. I finally told him I was old enough to inform him it wasn’t polite to ask a lady her age.

Diane {Created by Diane}

that is MY kind of blizzard!!!