Tagalong Cookie Bars
All the incredible flavors of one of our favorite Girl Scout Cookies in these spectacular Tagalong Cookie Bars!
If you have a peanut butter dessert lover you want to spoil, make these incredibly decadent, layered Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars! All the flavors of Tagalong Girl Scout Cookies in every bite!
Why You Should Make Tagalong Cookies
I have surely mentioned the division in our household when it comes to chocolate peanut butter desserts. I, along with my two oldest, love them. The hubby and my youngest, do not. The hubby mentioned the staff at one of his clinics dropped some hints that they’d like me to share one of my treats.
- There is something so addictive about the combination of peanut butter and chocolate. I don’t like peanut butter on its own, but I love these bars!
- Since Girl Scout cookies aren’t available all year long, these cookie bars will satisfy your cravings until the next sale.
- Despite 3 different layers, these bars aren’t tough to make! Give them a try!
These Girl Scout-inspired cookie bars immediately came to mind. I trimmed the edges and had to sample for quality control. These copycat Tagalong cookie bars passed my scrutinizing with flying colors! I think the folks at Major Hospital were pleased, too. If coconut and caramel are more your style, I love these homemade Samoas.
Frequently Asked Questions
Tagalongs are a Girl Scout Cookie made with a crispy cookie base and topped with peanut butter before being coated in chocolate. Tagalong cookies are baked by the Little Brownie Bakers.
Both are similar Girl Scout cookies baked in different bakeries, thus the different names. The Little Brownie Bakery calls their peanut butter cookie Tagalongs. ABC Smart Cookies bakery calls them Peanut Butter Patties. What you get depends on where the Girl Scouts in your area place their order.
They are slightly different in a couple of ways. Tagalongs have more layers of peanut butter inside the cookies. Peanut Butter Patties have a vanilla flavor and a lighter peanut butter layer.
Tips for Making These Tagalong Bars
- Make your layers as level as possible for the best presentation. I like using an offset spatula to smooth out the peanut butter filling.
- Lining your pan with non-stick foil makes for easy clean-up and also allows you to remove the bars from the pan (after they’re cooled) to a cutting board to slice.
- Use a warm knife to help the blade glide through the bars when cutting.
- PRO-Tip: If you want perfectly square bars, use a ruler to mark the edges of the bars at 2-inch intervals to help guide your cuts. Check out my tutorial on How to Cut Perfect Bar Cookies.
More Peanut Butter Dessert Recipes You’ll Love:
- Copycat Girl Scout Tagalongs from A Dash of Sanity
- No-Bake Tagalong Peanut Butter Cheesecake from Country Cleaver
- Tagalong Girl Scout Whoopie Pies from Lemons for Lulu
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie
- Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars
- Classic Peanut Butter Cookies
- Tagalong Dip
- Plus, you might like these delicious Caramel Apple Bars, too!
- More Dessert Recipes
- 8 x 8-inch Square Cake Pan – I like to line with non-stick foil for easy removal from the pan for cutting plus the bonus of easy cleanup!
- Small Offset Spatula – an excellent tool for spreading the different layers in these layered peanut butter bars evenly.
- 10-Piece Mixing Bowl Set – a great variety of sizes when you’re baking multi-step recipes.
- KitchenAid 9-Speed Hand Mixer – perfect for those recipes where you don’t need to drag out the stand mixer
This recipe was first shared in May 2017. Text was updated in 2021.
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup flour
- 1/3 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Peanut Butter Filling:
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 8 ounces chopped semisweet chocolate bars, I used Ghirardelli
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Line an 8-inch square baking pan with nonstick foil. Set aside.
- To make the crust, put all ingredients into a bowl. Using a hand mixer, mix to a crumbly dough. Press into the pan and prick it with a fork all over. Bake 12 minutes just to set it, not brown it.
- To make the filling, combine the melted butter with the other ingredients and stir until smooth.
- Use an offset spatula to spread the peanut butter mixture over the warm crust.
- To make the chocolate topping, microwave the chocolate and oil just till melted and stir smooth.
- Pour over the peanut butter layer and smooth with an offset spatula. Chill for a couple hours, then bring to room temperature to cut and serve.
Adapted from Averie Cooks via Hugs and Cookies XOXO
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 293Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 169mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 2gSugar: 15gProtein: 5g
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Thanks again to my lovely friend, Danielle, for another magnificent recipe! She is my go-to blogger for decadent treats. I promise you will love whatever you try from her blog!!! We share a recipe from each other’s sites every second Monday of the month.
Check out Danielle’s take on these Peanut Butter Tag Along Bars as well as her social media sites! Make sure to check out which of my recipes she made this month, too.