That’s right, you heard it here first: INSANITY BARS. Not at all like Insanity the workout…in fact, I’d argue that they are significantly more enjoyable!
I mean, just take a gander at these babies! At the bottom you have a layer of sugar cookie with toffee bits, in the middle is a peanut butter cookie layer, and at the top is a layer of chocolate chip cookie!
The recipe is super simple too…basically you’re making a half batch of each cookie and then layering them on top of one another! To start, preheat the oven to 350 and grease a 9×13 pan (you can also line with parchment if you feel like it, although it’s not necessary).
For the sugar cookie layer:
- 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup toffee bits (optional but highly recommended :))
Cream together butter and sugar. Add the egg and vanilla and stir until smooth and combined. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt and mix until just combined. Fold in the toffee bits. Press into the bottom of the prepared pan.
For the peanut butter cookie layer:
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup butter, room temperature
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1 egg white
- 2/3 cup + 2 Tbsp flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
Cream butter and sugars together. Add the egg white and peanut butter. Add the dry ingredients (I just did it all at once…the horror!!!). Press into a smooth layer on top of the sugar cookie layer. You might need to wet your hands a bit to help spread it.
For the chocolate chip cookie layer (I used this recipe):
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups chocolate chips
Same instructions as the other cookie layers; cream together the butter and sugars, add the egg and vanilla til smooth, then add the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Fold in the chocolate chips and layer on top of the other two cookies.
Bake all of this magic at 350 for 25-30 minutes, or until the cookie does not shake and the top is golden brown. Cool completely before serving!
This was a huge hit at the office today. I let everyone help pick names, and this is what I got:
- Helluva Good Treat Bars
- Fantastic Voyage Bars
- ChocoSugarNut Bars
- Sugar Coma Bars
- Cookie Monster Bars
Whatever you call them, I’m sure you’ll love them and they’ll be a huge hit 🙂
Unfortunately the Insanity Bars are not all I ate today 🙂 I had a Spinach Feta Wrap from Starbucks:
I’m so excited about this evening…we are going to ride our bikes around a nearby lake and take in the breathtaking view of the mountains! Then we’ll eat dinner and drive the 5 bajillion miles to the Denver airport to pick up my mother- and sister-in-law! The drive isn’t actually that bad, but it’s much better when done in daylight since the view is COMPLETELY INCREDIBLE on the way back. Lucky for them we’re making an exception, just this once 🙂 (totally kidding guys – we would make that exception any day)!
OH! I almost forgot this picture of my Big Boy Bunker Bear:
Random question of the day: what was your first pet (cat, dog, fish, etc) and what was their name? My “first pet” was one of parents’ dogs, Paladin (pronounced pal-uh-din) and he was a big mixed breed dog. One of my dad’s favorite stories about Paladin is that when I was a baby and they were introducing me to the dogs and cat (2 dogs, 1 cat), they had me on my tummy and Paladin came over and just laid his head on my butt. They said every time the other dog or cat would come over to sniff me Paladin would growl at them, and then when they walked away he’d just lay his head on my butt again. I love that story!