March 5, 2012

Girl Scout Cookie Tagalong Cake Bars

Girl Scout Cookie Tagalong Cake Bars

You know Jenny and I couldn’t get together in California without baking up some decadent treats to share with you guys! Of course we did!! :) As soon as I arrived in Newport Beach I saw the entire counter full of fun ingredients she’d set out for us to play with. I nearly died when I saw Girl Scout cookies in the mix!! Jenny had the fabulous idea for Girl Scout cookie cake bars. You’ve seen Jenny’s fabulous cake bars before right? Her Gooey White Chocolate Fluffernutter Cake Bars are life changing. One of my top 5 favorite desserts of all time, hands down. They must be made immediately!

Of course, I think our Girl Scout cookie cake bars turned out pretty amazing as well. I made mine with the Peanut Butter Tagalongs, and Jenny made hers with Thin Mints. Just take a look below to see how they turned out. :)

Girl Scout Cookie Tagalong Cake Bars

Cake mix, peanut butter, chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, butter and Tagalongs. Can’t go wrong here!!

Girl Scout Cookie Tagalong Cake Bars

Combine the cake mix, one stick of butter, and egg and mix until a soft dough forms. You can totally use a mixer for this!

Girl Scout Cookie Tagalong Cake Bars

Line a 9×13 pan with foil, and spray generously with cooking spray. Press the dough into the bottom of the prepared pan. Try not to eat all of the dough before adding to the pan. Be careful with that last step. From personal experience, I’ve learned it’s very, very difficult. You may want to have an extra cake mix on hand just in case.

Girl Scout Cookie Tagalong Cake Bars

Now it’s time for the chocolate chips! Sprinkle them all over the yummy dough.

Girl Scout Cookie Tagalong Cake Bars

Next we have our gooey topping. This is my absolute favorite part! Mix a half a cup creamy peanut butter with 1 can sweetened condensed milk until well combined.

Girl Scout Cookie Tagalong Cake Bars

Then drizzle this sweet peanut butter concoction allllll over the chocolate chips. Mama mia. This is seriously so good. I don’t know how I’m going to make it to the end of this post. I’m already dying!

Girl Scout Cookie Tagalong Cake Bars

Next, chop up some of those famous peanut butter patties…

Girl Scout Cookie Tagalong Cake Bars

And sprinkle them on top of the cake bars.

Girl Scout Cookie Tagalong Cake Bars

Now it’s time to bake! Here’s our two cake bars, baking side by side. Bake these at 350 for 23-25 minutes.

Girl Scout Cookie Tagalong Cake Bars

These are gooey, chocolaty, peanut buttery, and so, so delicious!

Girl Scout Cookie Tagalong Cake Bars

I love every single thing about them from the soft cakey bottom to the gooey peanut butter middle to the chocolate peanut butter cookie crust. These are so insanely good. Make these ASAP if you’ve got some Girl Scout cookies hidden in the freezer! And if you’re not willing to use those precious, only-come-once-a-year Tagalongs — I hear ya! I totally don’t blame you one bit :) — try peanut butter Oreos. Or even regular, double stuffed Oreos. I know 100% they’d be fantastic here. :)

Be sure to check out Jenny’s Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookie Gooey Cake Bars! Enjoy!! xoxo

Girl Scout Cookie Tagalong Cake Bars

1 box yellow cake mix
1 stick butter, softened
1 egg
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
10-12 Girl Scout Tagalong cookies, coarsely chopped

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9×13 inch baking dish with foil and spray generously with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Place cake mix, butter and egg into a large bowl, mix until dough forms. Press dough into the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Top with chocolate chips. Stir sweetened condensed milk and peanut butter until well combined and pour over dough. Top with chopped Tagalong cookies.

3. Bake at 350 for 23-25 minutes. Let cool completely, cut into squares, and serve. Enjoy!!



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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga March 5, 2012 at 3:03 am

I love every single thing about these, too! The cake base, the chocolate chips, the sweetened condensed milk, the Tagalongs! Oh wow!

And yes, Jenny’s fluffernutter bars are amazing. I am a huge fan of them. And I am a huge fan of your bars here!

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Choc Chip Uru March 5, 2012 at 3:36 am

What over the top decadent cookie bars :D
Look so delicious I am drooling all over – fabulous post!!!

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru
Latest: Traditional Lemon Meringue Tart

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Blog is the New Black March 5, 2012 at 4:21 am

I might have to stop reading your blog before 6 AM….! YUM!

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Sherry March 5, 2012 at 5:28 am

Wow! I can’t wait to make these! I just found you two weeks ago, and let me say…I love your site! Every recipe I’ve made has been wonderful! Thanks for sharing the best recipes ever!

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megan @ whatmegansmaking March 5, 2012 at 5:40 am

oh wow! Now I wish I had bought some girl scout cookies when I had the chance! I guess I could use reese’s pb cubs though, which would be amazing :)

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The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh March 5, 2012 at 6:33 am

You are a dessert genius girl!

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kellie March 5, 2012 at 6:36 am

OMGOSH.. I gained 5 pounds just looking at these yummy cake bars. Thanks so much for sharing :)

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Southern Gal March 5, 2012 at 6:43 am

Again, you have me drooling early in the morning.

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Erin @ Brownie Bites March 5, 2012 at 7:05 am

Oh man – I have been making these for years! I’ve always just called them “Reese’s Cookie Bars” They were definitely a guilty pleasure in our household for quite a while!

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Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray March 5, 2012 at 8:07 am

I. Am. Dying.

I cannot wait to get my hands on the box of Tagalongs that I know is coming my way this week!! :D

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Cookbook Queen March 5, 2012 at 8:16 am

I need these in my life in the worst way. And I just so happen to have a stash of Girl Scout cookies in the freezer!!

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Jenny Flake March 5, 2012 at 8:26 am

Oh girl, this was such a fun weekend and I just loved our Girl Scout Cookie Treats!! Miss you!! xoxo

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Maria March 5, 2012 at 8:31 am

Love both of your bars! So fun!

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Suzanne Shepherd March 5, 2012 at 8:39 am

Years ago I used to buy a cookie that was just like Tagalongs. The brand was Salerno, if I recall. They would be perfect for this recipe and oh, so available all year!

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Caroline @ chocolate & carrots March 5, 2012 at 8:39 am

I seriously need to find some Girl Scouts. I need my cookies so I can make these! :D

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Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids March 5, 2012 at 8:46 am

Oh my yumminess. You are right. You cannot go wrong with that combination of flavors. These look amazing!

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Anne March 5, 2012 at 8:53 am

Tagalongs are my favorite! (I love that you, too, call them Tagalongs. That’s what they were when I was in GS and then they had to go and change the name. I also still call the other peanut butter ones Do-Si-Dos)
Thanks for sharing this yummy looking dessert. Two wonderful things – Tagalongs and cake! :)

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Erin March 5, 2012 at 9:16 am

Unfortunately I have been unable to locate any Girlscouts selling cookies this year (sadness!) but I am on a mission so that I can make these! If nothing else, I can always make them from scratch – desperation.

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K. Francis May 27, 2012 at 6:52 am

Dear Erin

I will be so grateful to u if u would please send me this receipe where u can make them from scratch as it is so difficult to get the ingredients thats used in this receipe as they have different names to the one we use in South Africa.
I need to know these names of the ingredients that we can use in S.A.

Kind regards

Kogie

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Julie March 5, 2012 at 9:44 am

How about a recipe with Samoas??

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Amanda March 5, 2012 at 10:00 am

Love Samoas! For Samoas I would replace the peanut butter with caramel — you could use caramel ice cream topping or make your own caramel following the directions on the back of a Kraft caramel bits package. You could also add a layer of toasted coconut on top of the chocolate chip layer! The directions for toasting the coconut should be on the back of the bag, found near the chocolate chips in the grocery store. Then just top with Samoas instead of Tagalongs. SO YUMMY!! You must tell me how it turns out if you try it :)

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Jennifer March 5, 2012 at 9:55 am

Good job picking the best Girl Scout cookie to use ;) Yum!

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Marta Madaleine March 5, 2012 at 10:19 am

Wow! What wickedness! Must be delicious!

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Cassie March 5, 2012 at 10:22 am

It happens that I have an unopened box of these in my freezer. I now feel the need to rip them open and bake this ASAP!

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marla March 5, 2012 at 10:39 am

LOVE these bars & how much fun you had with Jenny!!

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Lorrie March 5, 2012 at 11:31 am

Heaven in a pan! Can’t wait to make these!

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Sally @ sally's baking addiction March 5, 2012 at 11:59 am

hi Amanda! your blog is so beautiful. all of the pictures! i’m blown away. these cake bars look wonderful (same with Jenny’s!). i love how easy they are using the cake mix, too. i love short cuts :)

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Melissa | Cajun Sugar Pie March 5, 2012 at 12:27 pm

I could totally eat that entire pan right now! Wow! Those look deliciously sinful!

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shelly (cookies and cups) March 5, 2012 at 12:42 pm

SO amazing! Tagalongs are one of my favorite GSC :)

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Emily (New York) March 5, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Oh wow – this recipe manages to put all my favorite sweets together x2! Seriously… this looks delicious! Great job + thanks for sharing! :)

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Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. March 5, 2012 at 2:14 pm

omg HEAVEN

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Diane {Created by Diane} March 5, 2012 at 4:36 pm

drool! Really I’m so hungry, didn’t eat lunch yet and all I really want it these :)

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Kristina Vanni March 5, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Perfect time of year for this recipe with all these Girl Scout Cookies floating around! Great way to incorporate the cookies into your own creative invention! Yum!

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Russell at Chasing Delicious March 5, 2012 at 5:48 pm

How do you keep coming up with all these scrumptious treats?! I will take a dozen. Shall I email you my address? ; )

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Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] March 5, 2012 at 6:49 pm

Oh my. These look so sinful and delicious!

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Jacqui March 5, 2012 at 7:33 pm

These look amazing!!! Must make asap.

You could also substitute the Tagalongs for Keebler Peanut Butter filled cookies – they remind me so much of Tagalongs!

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Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) March 5, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Just read Jenny’s Thin Mints recipe, and now yours — gosh, they both look great! I think these would be great with a chocolate cake mix, too!

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Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips March 5, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Tagalongs are my stepfather’s favorite. I may have to make these for me, I mean, umm, him!

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TidyMom March 6, 2012 at 12:25 pm

oh Amanda I HAVE to make these for my family! they love tagalongs so much we even named one of our dogs after them! lol……..we call him Tag for short

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Amanda March 6, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Oh my gosh!! That is the cutest name ever!! :)

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CC March 8, 2012 at 7:37 pm

Did anyone try to make this and the cake mix rose above the topping of the tagalongs? We still enjoyed it, but we are trying to figure out the mystery!

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naomi March 9, 2012 at 11:38 am

I will clean your house for a pan of these-oh mama!!!!

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Karen March 10, 2012 at 3:19 pm

I made this recipe last week for the ladies at work and they all loved it! However I changed it slightly because I didn’t have any girl guide tagalong cookies. I used white cake mix and mini reece peanut butter cups….SO GOOD!!!!

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Kay March 10, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Kevin and Amanda,
A new follower here. I cook for my church and will be making this for dessert tomorrow night! Just bought 10 boxes of Tagalongs to multiply this recipe x10! :)

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Karly March 19, 2012 at 10:02 am

Those look so gooey and decadent!

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beth March 22, 2012 at 12:12 pm

I was impressed with all the delicious looking food, but the fact you own boston terriers really sells it :) love the breed!!!!!! and yours are precious!!!!

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maureen March 24, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Anyone make these with chunky peanut butter?

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Taylor March 24, 2012 at 8:58 pm

I redeemed myself tonight! I made these two weeks ago with a butter cake mix (all I had on hand), and they were way too gooey even after like 40 minutes in the oven. Thankfully, I had a bunch of teenagers over from church, and they gobbled them up anyway.

I made a second batch today for a church yard sale using a yellow cake mix (as called for) and milk chocolate chips (to complement the milk chocolate of the Tagalongs), and they turned out perfect!

Thank you for the delicious recipe!

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Lauren March 28, 2012 at 9:39 am

I just made these for my family and everyone LOVES them! Thanks for the great recipe! :)

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Julie April 7, 2012 at 7:21 am

Love your site and all your delicious goodies! Just wondering–if you made these the day before, is there any way that they’d be as good the following day? (Can you tell I’m a new baker??)

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anickH April 13, 2012 at 4:07 pm

you and jenny are awesome. im more of a peanut butter lover than a mint lover so i think id go w/ these but im sure u cant lose either way. i think its so cool that you guys actually know each other now (not just internet friends) especially because ive been a fan/follower of both your sites for several yrs now and their both amongst my top 10 favs: kevin&amanda, pickypalate, erincooks, culinaryconcoctionsbypeabody, bakeat350, bakingdom, sprinklesbakes, annieeats, katrinaskitchen, sugarbelle (dont know why i just listed all those, lol just felt compelled) im headed to target right now to buy the mini marshmallows. i’ll blog about the smores cookies as soon as their made, so excited(:

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Liz June 5, 2012 at 2:54 pm

I made these as a snack for my daughter’s girl scout meeting and they were a huge hit. Everybody that has tried them since then has absolutely loved them. One of the girls at work was sick and said these were the only things she could eat because they tasted sooo good!
GREAT RECIPE

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Nellie June 14, 2012 at 11:18 am

Just wanted to say that I made both the Tagalong and Mint Cookie Bars and have received nothing but praise as to how utterly delicious they were!!!! Thank you so much for these wonderfully easy and amazing recipes for Girl Scout cookies – you Rock!

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Caryn June 25, 2012 at 11:40 am

I just discovered your blog and can tell it’s going to be trouble…mostly for my waistline! Looks delicious! : ) : ) : )

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Christina July 7, 2012 at 7:48 am

Loved this recipe! My daughter, age 16, and I made it. We didn’t have any tagalong cookies … so instead chopped up Reese’s PB cups and put them on top instead. Delish!! Shared some with a friend who rated them a ‘Double Yum’! Thanks for this recipe and your blog.

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Mackenzie August 4, 2012 at 6:21 pm

those look amazing….i cant wait to make some and try them…because i love girl scout cookies and everything else in them.

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Pilar August 26, 2012 at 11:27 pm

These were a huge hit with a big gang of teachers last night. We went to our friends house who always makes magic out of flour, butter and sugar so I was hoping to wow everyone with my own version of these bars. Since it is no longer Girl Scout Cookie season I made a few adjustments. I used the Speculoos since we can get that easily here in Belgium, then I cut up 8 regular size Resse cups to use instead of the cookies. They were perfect and everyone asked “is there Speculoos in these?”. It gave them a smoother flavor and the left over few were perfect with coffee this morning. I will be watching for more wonderful receipes to go along with my rocking K&A fonts.

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Penny Haggerty December 6, 2012 at 8:51 am

Please help what is a stick of butter in cups. Can you suggest a different kind of cookie? Canadian and we only have 1 type of girl guide cookie and it is not tagalongs.

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Katie Qué March 4, 2013 at 8:02 am

I’ve changed so many lives with these bars. Thanks for the recipe!

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Jaime May 16, 2013 at 6:50 pm

Of course I find this recipe just after GS cookie “season”, is there another cookie along these lines that you know of that would work? I really want to make these!!

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Kim, Rambling Family Manager February 2, 2014 at 5:52 pm

My co-leader made these to give out as samples at our cookie booth yesterday and we sold out of Tagalongs!!

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Ila March 12, 2014 at 10:30 am

Family Dollar has a generic Tagalong available all year. Tastes exactly the same & only like $1.5o a box. I think I might make these with the family dollar cookies for a few parties I have coming up! Thanks for the recipe

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sprinklina March 13, 2014 at 9:52 am

I made these last year & people flipped over them. Then this year I wanted to try them with my favorite cookie-Samoas. I did what you said by replacing the PB for caramel ( homemade!) & they were UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!
Thank you!!!

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