Meet the Sullivans: Dinner Made Easy + Baby Ruth Cookie Bar Recipe

August 22, 2016

Dinner Made Easy + Baby Ruth Cookie Bar Recipe

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Owen goes back to school in just a couple short weeks, so our family is gearing up for much busier mornings!

For most of the summer we tried to stay home in the mornings as much as we could before venturing out in the late morning. We loved this because it let Luke take his morning nap in the crib, let Owen play, and let me catch up on things around the house -- like prep dinner. The witching hour with our usually sweet 8 month-old makes dinner prep nearly impossible, so I try to either get started on dinner prep (chopping, mixing and measuring) in the morning while we're home, or make something fast and easy.

By Friday I am DONE with cooking and need a little break, so we try to do something quick and simple.


One of my favorite quick and easy dinners is throwing a frozen pizza in the oven and making a green salad to go along with it!

Last week we picked up DIGIORNO® RISING CRUST® Pizzas™ from DIGIORNO® Pizzas at Safeway and a STOUFFER'S® Family sized Lasagna to help make our evening stress-free. I also grabbed a bag of NESTLÉ® Fun Size BABY RUTH® to make a special treat for after dinner -- you can find that recipe down below!

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BABY RUTH COOKIE BARS
INGREDIENTS
1 box chewy brownie mix (+plus ingredients required)
1 bag peanut butter cookie mix (+plus ingredients required)
1 bag NESTLÉ® Fun Size BABY RUTH®, chopped

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Preheat your oven according to package directions. The cookie mix and brownie mix I picked had different temperatures required, so I set my oven to a temperature in the middle.
 
2. While the oven preheats you can grease your 13x9 brownie pan, and set it aside. Then mix your brownies according to the directions on the box. Once you have your batter mixed, spread it out evenly in the grease brownie pan.

3. Now mix together your peanut butter cookie mix according to the package directions, and set aside.


4. Next unwrap all of the chocolate bars and chop up the Baby Ruth's. The unwrapping part is always Owen's job, and I have to pay him in chocolate, so we lost one or two along the way! Add the chopped candy bar to the cookie mix and mix until well blended. You'll probably want to use a hand, or stand mixer for this part!

5. Now you can drop chunks of the cookie dough on top of the brownies. You don't want to make the cookie layer cover the brownies completely. Let some of the brownie batter peek through -- it makes for a really pretty, marbled look when your bars are finished baking.

Bake them for about 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bars comes out clean. 


6. Once they are done baking, let them cool in the pan until they are completely cooled. Loosen the edges of the pan with a spatula before taking the bars out of the pan, and then cut them into squares. You will totally ENJOY these!


We sure did! 

And the pizza and lasagnas hit the spot too! Can you believe that pizza crust is cheese filled? I mean, holy cow! 

So now you tell me; how do you make busy school nights easier?

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