The new neighbors just moved in.
As I learned in my time spent in The South, the best way to meet new neighbors is to bring them food. Food gives you a reason to drop by unannounced. Food prevents that awkward moment of silence when the new neighbors are not sure whether or not to invite you in. I mean, you can't blame them. They don't know you and haven't had time to assess if you hold the potential to be their new best friend or if you will become to them the mysterious Boo Radley from To Kill a Mockingbird, dominating their imagination of the unknown.
These Oreo Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars were the brainchild of my oldest daughter, Anna. She made them for the new neighbors as a gesture of friendship and a reason to find out if they have any kids her age.
Here's a pictures those beauties.
A double stuffed Oreo encased in chocolate chip cookie dough.
Have you ever seen anything so divine?
On Friday the girls brought them over. Nobody was home.
On Sunday they tried again. Still no luck.
On Monday we decided to try one to see if they were still fresh. They tasted delicious with milk.
Tonight, Anna brought the beautifully packaged box to church.
She definitely made points with her friends.
The new neighbors never have to know!
Oreo Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
by Anna @ Simple Girl
2/3 cups Earth Balance, room temperature
(Butter tastes good, but creates a different texture)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoons pure vanilla
1/1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Whip Earth Balance and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla. Continue to beat until smooth and creamy.
Gradually add flour, soda and salt. Beat until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
Line an 8 x 8 cake pan with parchment. Spray parchment and sides. Press 1/2 of the dough in the bottom of the pan. Top with 16 Oreos lined up in a 4 x 4 pattern. Top with remaining dough, pressing it until it is flat and covers the Oreos. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes or until dough becomes lightly golden. When cool, remove the entire square from the pan. Place on a cutting board and slice into 16 squares.
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