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.

Ugh.

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.

Watch….

All you need are a few things:
Baking ingredients including graham cracker crumbs, butter, sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips and mini peanut butter cupsI 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.
A stick of butter melting in a baking dish in the ovenWhen the butter is melted, add in your graham cracker crumbs and a pinch of salt.
Graham cracker crumbs with a pinch of salt in a measuring cupMix that together and press into the pan to create your crust.
Next pour a whole can of sweetened condensed milk on top…
Sweetened condensed milk being poured from a canCarefully spread it so it covers the crust.
Sweetened condensed milk over graham cracker crumbs in a baking dishNext it’s time for your add ins. I started with Caramel Bits…
Caramel bits on top of sweetened condensed milk and graham cracker crumbs in a baking dishThen some chocolate chips…
Chocolate chips being poured from a measuring cup into a baking dish of sweetened condensed milk and caramel bitsJust make sure everything is evenly distributed…
Blizzard bars in a baking dish with chocolate chips and toffee bitsThen 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
Trader Joe's mini peanut butter cups in a plastic containerI 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…
Close-up view of a pan of blizzard barsJust let them cool completely…I actually stuck them in the fridge to speed up the process…and then cut into bars.
Yum.

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Blizzard Bars


Description:

makes 20 bars


Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup caramel bits
  • 1 1/2 cups mini peanut butter cups

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Melt butter and mix with graham cracker crumbs and salt. Press this into the bottom of a 9×13 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.

Notes:

store in an airtight container for 2 days.
recipe adapted from Bake or Break

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Erika Brown
Erika Brown

I made these and they were so delicious. I did have a few problems though. I think I baked them a bit too long because the edges were carmalized a bit too much for me. However I felt like the middle was too moist. The other problem I had was it was hard taking them out of the pan to cut them. I used a disposible pan and they stuck to the edges. Next time I will lower the oven temperature and line the pan with foil that is buttered well. This should help a lot. Thank you for sharing… Read more »

Noreen
Noreen

They are in the over right now, and smell amazing! I’m making them for my sons Boy Scout Court of Honor tonight. I know the boys will devour them. Thanks for the inspiration!!

barb

Made the blizzard bars this afternoon, and my husband, son, and I tasted them this evening. The flavor is wonderful, especially with the Reeses on top. But they are very chewy, so much so that my husband broke a tooth from the caramel bits. They get very hard and are hard to chew.

brandi

i’m reading this as i’m sitting here eating oatmeal out of a pb jar and all i can think about is this whole pan of bars. my husband would love these!

vanillasugarblog

I can’t tell you how happy I am the blizzard is over and done with.
Not having power for 3 days was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.
Wouldn’t have been so bad had it been summer, the cold was brutal!

Morgan
Morgan

I made these with Twix that I cut into little pieces, and they are super yummy! My family and boyfriend loved them! Thanks for the recipe. :]

Lisa
Lisa

Made this for Valentine Snack Day and they are a hit! Super easy and Super Delicious!

TidyMom

i lie about my age, because 1/2 the time I honestly can’t remember! haha!!

oh, and I think chocolate gets rid of wrinkles……….pass me one of these!

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

It’s not a lie if you believe it right? 😉 I’m sticking to that.

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

So you didn’t find the magic wrinkle reducer after that? Darn. Guess I will have to go with the stuffing my face theory. I am pretty sure I would down an entire pan of these!

Colette @ JFF!

My sweet-tooth is smilin’!

Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings

how decadent are these?!? amazing!

Carla @ Carlas Confections

LOVE these! They look so easy and oh so delicious!

Julia {The Roasted Root}

It’s a great thing to be a bad liar and definitely makes for hilarious stories! One of my friends always adds on a few years to her age so that people compliment her about how awesome she looks for being 40, even though she’s 35. Hey, you take compliments when you can get them 😉 Your blizzard bars look phenomenal and what an INCREDIBLE use of chickpeas!! I’ve used chickpeas in brownies and they turned out great, so I’m thinking your bars are most definitely on my to make list!

Caddie

LOL!! ” I needed to make treats, that would make me fat, which will ultimately fill in all the wrinkles.” I love that! 😀 Those bars look excellent so I’m sure you’re forgiven for the lying!

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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