Tagalong Bars

Tagalong Bars | shortbread topped with peanut butter filling and chocolate

I was in a bit of a baking slump with the chaos called life. But many of the contributing factors can now be checked off my list. Lasik surgery on my eyes…check, valve surgery and hospitalization for Bill…check, and finally, jury duty…check. But I did manage to whip up these Tagalong Bars to share with the hospital staff taking care of the ol’ hubby.

Tagalong Bars | shortbread topped with peanut butter filling and chocolate

The family is pretty divided when it comes to Girl Scout cookies. My favorite are the caramel and coconut Samoas, Nick is a Thin Mint guy, Katie and Tom like both Thin Mints and Tagalongs, and the hubby, predictably, likes the shortbread inspired Trefoils. So when it comes time to order cookies, I fill up my freezer with a wide array of options to appease everyone. This year, no eager scout arrived at our door with order form in hand, so I baked up this layered copycat Tagalong recipe to get our fix. My timing was off as the resident fan was down for the count with a GI bug. So I schelpped these to the hospital on one of my daily treks while Bill was recuperating. I hurriedly took a couple lackluster photos before boxing them up and thought twice about sharing the recipe…until one of the male nurses came into Bill’s room and gave me a high five. So you be the judge…maybe you’d like to whip up a batch to fulfill that Tagalong craving.

Tagalong Bars


Recipe adapted from Cookies and Cups

Shortbread Crust

  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups flour

Peanut Butter Layer

  • 2 cups peanut butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Chocolate layer

  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line 9x9 pan with nonstick aluminum foil (or spray regular foil with non-stick spray).
  2. To make crust,cream butter and sugar for 1-2 minutes with mixer until light and creamy.Turn mixer to low and add in vanilla, salt and flour. Mix just until flour is incorporated. Press evenly into prepared pan and bake 20 minutes or until golden. Cool completely.
  3. To make filling, beat peanut butter, powdered sugar and vanilla together until smooth. Spread filling over cooled crust. Smooth top with offset spatula. Chill for about 30 minutes.
  4. Gently microwave chocolate chips and cream, stopping and stirring frequently until smooth.
  5. Spread over peanut butter layer. Chill briefly till set. Cut and serve.

Yield: 25 bars

    Total time: 2 hours with cooling times

      Note: Store in refrigerator, cut when cold, but bring bars to room temperature before serving.


        Nutrition Facts
        Serving Size
        Amount Per Serving As Served
        Calories 8306kcal Calories from fat 4921
        % Daily Value
        Total Fat 547g 842%
        Saturated Fat 229g 1145%
        Transfat 8g
        Cholesterol 600mg 200%
        Sodium 1531mg 64%
        Carbohydrate 748g 249%
        Dietary Fiber 42g 168%
        Sugars 473g
        Protein 159g

        Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

        Calories 2000
        Total Fat Less than 65g
        Sat Fat Less than 25g
        Cholesterol Less than 300mg
        Sodium Less than 2,400mg
        Total Carbohydrate 300g
        Dietary Fiber 25g
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        This recipe was slightly tweaked from Cookies and Cups.


        1. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

          Yum! I think these would be a hit here too! Hope things have settled down for you:@)

        2. Hopefully you are recovering well and things have started to settle down. These tagalong bars look fantastic, I haven’t seen any girl scouts this year either so can’t wait to whip up my own batch 🙂

        3. claudia lamascolo says:

          Without a doubt this goes on the list of must makes immediately! 🙂 love this one! XO thanks Liz

        4. I’ve had the same experience….I thought some baked good was just meh and everyone raved. Sometimes we are too hard on ourselves! And if those are your hurried pictures, they look better than my planned pictures!

        5. I hope this thing called life starts to slow down for you soon. I am glad everyone is on recovery. These bars look divine. When family brings food in for the nurses and clinicians, you know they always get the best care. wink wink. Take Care, BAM

        6. These look amazing Lizzy I love these bars!

        7. They look delicious! Anything with PB has to be great!

        8. Yay! I can finally experience tagalongs! 🙂
          I’m always so jealous of all the amazing Girl Scout cookies you guys get over in the US… over here in Canada, we just get boring sandwich cookies in chocolate or vanilla. Boo, (Though from time to time they do bring out the Thin Mints… that’s always a cause for celebration.)

        9. These look so good! I am craving some of these with my tea right now!

        10. I so badly want to try these! My other half pulled me right past the Girl Scouts last week when we saw them in front of the store. 🙁 He’s on a sort of diet thingy. I guess that means I am too. I’m making these in rebellion!

        11. You’re incredible for continuing to bake and blog and do all the other hundred things you do while dealing with so many serious life issues, Liz. I don’t know how you do it! The hospital staff must’ve been so appreciative of you bringing in these lovely, delicious treats. I’m glad jury duty was only 1 day! Your idea of lackluster photos look like my regular photos, lol. They look fantastic!

        12. Lady Lilith says:

          They look so pretty and tasty.

        13. Tagalongs are my favorite!!!! i love these bars, they look SO amazing, Liz! You’re brilliant!

        14. What i wouldn’t give for one of these! Awesome job! They look great!

        15. Liz, you definitely need a nap after the past few weeks. Get a book, one of these bars and put your feet up. You are overdoing things I think. 🙂

        16. Lizzy,
          It didn’t seem like you were in a baking slump to me. I can’t believe you got Lasik surgery too with everything else going on. Hope Bill is still healing well and getting back to normal.

        17. Just placed in my favorites…

          These resemble SINS!! xxx

        18. I have yet to see any girl scouts this year and am totally bumming. These bars looks amazing. My husband’s favorite are tagalongs.

        19. These look great! They are on my list to try!

        20. How fortunate those guys from the hospital are to have a treat made by you!!! Since many of the things in your list have been checked, perhaps it is time to give your body and mind a little rest. Take care, Liz!!! I wish I could help you somehow making your load less heavier. May your weekend be relaxing… xx

        21. Glad your surgery went well. The bars look divine, Liz! 🙂 ela

        22. We are amazed that you can manage to do all that AND cook Liz!:) We hope things will slow down so you can get some rest! Best wishes from both of us!

        23. These tagalong bars would be a hit in our house too!

        24. Hey Liz, I’m happy to hear that health wise your family is doing great, and very impressed that with all of that you still managed to post to us! That’s very kind and dedicated of you. I hope your family will continue to be well. These bars look very good. I’ve never had girl scout cookies 🙁 but I’m sure these would give me a great taste of what I’m missing!

        25. Definitely deserve a high five and more, Liz. Your tagalongs do look soooo delicious! Glad to read your easing back to “normal” life <3

        26. All your bars look incredible good. I’m afraid mine won’t get so perfect.

        27. Boy, with all those different cookies needed by your family, I sure do with my little Girl Scout was your neighbor! It’s funny how the cookies are called by different names here than there. Your Samoas are our Caramel Delites. Trefoils are Thanks-A-Lots. They’re all still really tasty though. 🙂

        28. these would not last long in my house!

        29. I’m sure the hospital staff hated to see Bill leave. 🙂 Glad the surgeries went well! I would eat these like an oreo – one layer at a time. YUM!

        30. Hope home life is starting to get back in order for you, well done for whipping up such a wonderful treat with your plate full. I really don’t think your photo’s are lacklustre at all. I am definitely going to make these they sound really good.

        31. These bars look so good, I love how thick the PB layer is!

        32. These look and sound fabulous, Liz! Your photos are great for quick shots – they capture the deliciousness perfectly. Samoa’s are my favorite GS cookie! I made a mock samoa a few years ago – I’ll have to add these tagalongs to my list. I wish I was brave enough to have Lasik! Hope you get some downtime soon.

        33. I’m not sure what a tagalong is, Liz, but they remind me of a caramel shortbread with chocolate on top that my sister makes and has perfected over the years. Looking down the list of yummy ingredients, though, I’m sure I’d love them!

        34. Liz, You & Bill sure needed something sweet after all that serious stuff. I hope Bill’s recovery is going well. Line up some fun outings for spring. Take care.

        35. You both deserve this special treat – our house is divided, too so end up buying one box of each to satisfy everyone 🙂 Hope Bill is recovering quickly and life will return to normal craziness.

        36. I totally understand – seems like when life throws me curveballs (especially when somebody is sick), the first thing to go is cooking. When I finally start cooking again, it’s sort of line saying “OK, things are better now.”

          These bars, as everything you make, are just so picture perfect!

        37. I can just imagine how wonderful those were. I bet the hospital staff does a collective dance when they see you coming with a covered plate of anything!

        38. I’ve made the copycat cookies, but these look like a classic case of more is better! I hope you and your husband are both feeling better Liz.

        39. Delicious! 🙂

        40. Not seen or heard about these before. Love the name but like the sound of them even better. Have bookmarked. Hope your husband gets better very soon.

        41. I’ve been in the same boat! I hope life is slowing down for you. I am so glad you shared, Tagalongs are my favorite for sure! I will definitely be making these when a craving strikes!

        42. Looks like a feast 😀

        43. I’m pretty sure these were invented with me in mind.


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