PB+C Alphabet Cookie Bars
E-Z does it with this fun recipe!
We’re usually saying something when we bake cookies, right? …whether it’s “I love you“, “I’m thinking of you“, or “I was just in the mood for something sweet…wanna join me?“. So, for a fun twist on this concept during back to school week this year, I thought it would be cute to literally S-P-E-L-L out some messages for my little one (who just started Kindergarten) and some of her playdate friends using cookies. 😉
So, I made these PB+C Alphabet Cookies Bars with the Krusteaz Double Peanut Butter cookie mix, a schmear of creamy peanut butter, chocolate frosting, and these small Alphabet Cookie Cutters that I found on Amazon. You can whip up your favorite chocolate frosting recipe to use in the middle OR make life super easy by using store-bought chocolate frosting…which is the route that I chose. #embraceshortcuts right?!
This is a fun & simple concept that could work literally ANY time of year, not just for back to school! You can spell out a name, say HAPPY BIRTHDAY, I LOVE YOU, CONGRATS, YOU’RE SWEET, the list goes on… I would really love to find a small cookie cutter # symbol so we can make funny hashtags too. And I’m already planning to make a “HO, HO, HO” version for Christmas using the Krusteaz Sugar Cookie mix + red and white frosting. Fun, right?!
Heat oven to 350°F.
In medium bowl, stir together egg, butter and cookie mix until dough forms, hand kneading if necessary. Press dough into lightly greased 13x9x2-inch pan.
Bake for 13-15 minutes. Cool thoroughly, and cut into 24 even bars. Spread one cookie bar with a thin layer of peanut butter, then a generous layer of chocolate frosting.
Take another cookie bar, and use an alphabet cookie cutter to cut the letter of your choice out of the center. (Tip: Use the flat end of a wood skewer stick to push any small cookie letter pieces out of the cookie cutter if they get stuck). Place the cookie bar with the letter cut-out on top of the frosted cookie bar to form a sandwich. Press down firmly so that the chocolate frosting pushes up and into the letter cut-out on the top cookie bar.
Repeat this process with the remaining cookie bars, working your way through the alphabet or using specific letters to spell out words, names, or phrases of your choice!