Last night I was in charge of the activity for our Young Women and Young Men at church so I set up a “Chopped” activity for them, sort of like the tv show of the same name on the Food Network. We divided them into 4 teams and gave each team a bag of ingredients (they all got a Granny Smith apple, a tube of biscuits and a pouch of Strawberry Pop Rocks) and then each team got sent off to a different adult’s home to make something with those ingredients in an hour. They seemed to have a lot of fun and came up with some great creations – an apple pie, monkey bread, a caramel apple, baked apples, it was awesome to see what they made. I made them treats, 3 different kinds of bar cookies so here is bar cookie #1. All 3 recipes came from http://www.bettycrocker.com!
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 3/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup candy coated chocolate candies or semisweet chocolate chips (I used peanut M & M’s)
1/2 cup chopped nuts (left these out since I used peanut candies)
1 Heat oven to 375. Beat brown sugar, sugar, butter and shortening on medium until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla and egg until well blended.
2 On low, beat in flour, baking soda and salt until dough forms. With spoon, stir in candies and nuts. Spread dough in ungreased 9 x 13″ pan.
3 Bake 15 – 25 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely and cut into bars.