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



makes 20 bars


  • 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


  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.


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


68 Responses

    1. 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)

  1. Rachel

    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!

  2. Cj

    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

  3. 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 🙂

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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 😉

  7. 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.

  8. Heather

    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.

  9. 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! 🙂

  10. 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.

  11. Deirdre

    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.

  12. Joan

    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 lucky he was there. Mom looked ready to ‘kill.’ She always said that she really didn’t know how old she was when she died because she had lied about it so much she had forgotten how old she really was.

    If we weren’t heading out of town, I’d make these goodies tonight. They will have to wait until we get back. I guess I can wait that long.

  13. Melissa

    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…

  14. 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! 🙂

  15. MrsSW

    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.

  16. 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!

  17. 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!

  18. 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. :]

  19. 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!

  20. 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.

  21. 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!!

  22. 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 this recipe.

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