Tagalong Bars

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 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.

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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

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!
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!

 photo PicMonkeyCollage-19_zps6a2b7638.jpgYou simply bake the crust until it’s lightly golden and then let it cool!

Next make the filling, which is simple…just peanut butter and powdered sugar.
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Spread the filling on top of the cooled crust…
 photo IMG_7500_zpsa2aba3d4.jpgChill the filling while you make your topping. It will make spreading the chocolate on top easier.

It’s just chocolate and heavy cream…
 photo PicMonkeyCollage2-4_zps48015f72.jpgSpread it carefully on your peanut butter layer…
 photo IMG_7521_zps825d8a9b.jpgNow chill it again so the chocolate layer sets and you’re ready to eat.

And eat.

Annnnd eat.

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!

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Tagalong Bars

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 25 squares

Description

makes about 20 squares


Ingredients

Shortbread Crust

  • 1/2 cup Challenge Butter, room temperature (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons milk
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup flour

Peanut Butter Filling

  • 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Chocolate layer

  • 1 1/4 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

Instructions

Shortbread Crust

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Line 9×9 with aluminum foil. Spray lightly with cooking spray, set aside.
  3. 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.
  4. Press this evenly in your prepared pan and bake 15-20 minutes or until golden.
  5. Allow to cool completely before moving on to the filling.

Peanut Butter Filling

  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream the peanut butter and powdered sugar 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, about 30 minutes.
  4. Cut into squares.

Notes

Store at airtight at room temperature for 3 days or refrigerated for up to 5 days

*This post is in partnership with my long-term relationship with Challenge Butter. All opinions are my own.



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63 Responses

  1. 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…

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. Amy Bickmore

    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!

  7. “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!

  8. Brenda

    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?

  9. Jaime

    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?

    1. shelly

      Hi! I went back and read the recipe and noticed that there IS a typo in the recipe… I only used 1 cup powdered sugar in my filling. So sorry I didn’t catch that! I updated the recipe to show the change. Good thinking adding heavy cream to make it spreadable…did they come out?

      1. Jaime

        ah! that’s it – thanks for the reply. The turned out find in the end. I just sort of patted down the pb mixture instead of spreading it. They were a big hit!

  10. 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.

  11. 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?!

  12. devon

    Have you ever made these and frozen them? Just curious. Looking for some delicious treats to make ahead for a dessert buffet.

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