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.


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!


Tagalong Bars

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  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 25 squares


makes about 20 squares


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


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.


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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I want to tagalong these bars all day long!

Colleen @ What

I would love to tagalong with you as you make these bars! Oh man. That shortbread crust looks like the perfect base to hold those amazing choco and pb layers!


Um, I’ve never had a tagalong cookie and my daughter is a girl scoot. I’ll just make these bars to console myself now, please.

Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies

I too have ordered a ridiculous amount of girl scout cookies, and they aren’t HERE YET. These are just what I need.

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

I need a big batch of these right now! Yum!

Debby Pucci

These look yummy…..

Erin @ Texanerin Baking

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…


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.

Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection

Tagalongs are my favorite!! Good to have a recipe for when I devour all of the boxes in a matter of days and am craving the delicious cookies later in the year. My mouth thanks you and my thighs hate you. 🙂

Julianne @ Beyond Frosting

Shelly, these look awesome!!! The peanut butter looks so creamy, I just want to dive in head first!

Lisa {Sweet 2 Eat Baking}

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.

Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes

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

Sue {munchkin munchies}

Oh my GOODNESS, Shelly~Girl Scout cookies on steroids, but in a legal, good, “healthy” way:)


I am heading to the store once I pick up my little guy and get all the ingredients for these!


Tagalong (along with thin mints) are my absolute FAVORITE GS cookie EVER!


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!

Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet

Tagalong cookies were always my favorite! I am super excited about this recipe!


Swoon! These look perfect, Shelly!

Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie

I’ve made homemade tagalongs before but these are so much easier to make!

Carla @ Carlas Confections

These look so awesome! I want to reach through my screen to grab one!

Emily ~SoDomesticated~

These look fabulous!!! Who doesn’t LOVE a Girl Scout cookie concoction!?! No one! The end.

Meagan @ A Zesty Bite

These look so good not to mention better than the actual cookie!


Tagalongs have always been my absolute favorite! Thanks for sharing this recipe.:)

Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes

I’ve never had tagalongs! They sound amazing!

Averie @ Averie Cooks

They look awesome and I actually have a similar recipe I saw elsewhere bookmarked. Now I think I have to make them! Beautiful and I want all those layers…now!


That peanut butter filling looks so Goooooood! And with shortbread…. I need is a cold glass of milk!

Colette @ JFF!

If they’re selling sawdust, I’d buy it to support our cute li’l girl scouts!

Colette @ JFF!

Doll, these look wicked tasty.

Christine (Cook the Story)

Girl Scout Cookies are evil! I can’t stop eating them. Now I’m afraid of these bars too! (Darn, they look good!)

Nikki @Seeded at the Table

“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!

Jen @JuanitasCocina

I’m gasping in excitement here!


Wow, these really look good , can’t wait to try them!

Cookbook Queen

These look so YUMMEH!!!!!!


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?


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?


These look amazing!! I know what I’m making next….

Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen

Oh dang. Those look good. I’m trying to hide out until all the ‘girls’ go away 🙂 Just kidding. I’ve never actually had a girl scout actually approach me to sell cookies. I can’t figure it out. Maybe because I’m too much of a hermit?


Wow. These look wonderful! 😀 Girl Scout cookies….ahhh one of my weaknesses.


We just ate our last Taglong last night. These look amazing!


Oooo, love those layers!

Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies

Oh my gosh, these look ridiculously good!

Liz @ Tip Top Shape

Oh, these look great!!!

Cat Davis | Food Family & Finds

Now I know what to make my dad for Father’s Day … he is a Tagalong ADDICT!

tracy {pale yellow}

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.

Karen Petersen

when I saw these my eyes almost popped out of my head. this is seriously my type of dessert!!!!!!

Caroline @ chocolate & carrots

I have yet to find a girl scout cookie this year. Sad. So, I neeeeeed to make these. 😀


I am literally making this right now, shortbread in the oven, peanut butter layer ready to go.

Brianna K. @ Hungry Gator Gal

The inner 10-year-old in me who once devoured half a row of Tagalongs in one sitting just died. These bars are officially on my “spring break specials” recipe list for this week. Thanks ! 🙂

Tina S

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?!

Katrina @ In Katrina

I want to bury my face in there!

Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen

Oh yum, your bars look so good!