Friday, February 24, 2017

Cookie Crumbs: Bars to the Stars

We Energies Cookie Book recipes are perfect for celebrations of all kinds. No matter the occasion, you’ll find a recipe that’s just right.

2017 marks the 89th anniversary of both the Academy Awards and the We Energies Cookie Book. To celebrate, we are featuring a recipe from our Cookie Book archives: Bars to the Stars. In 1998, when these bars made their Cookie Book debut, “Titanic” won eleven Academy Awards including Best Picture. “Titanic” was nominated for 14 awards – the most received by a single film, tying it with “All About Eve” in 1950 and “La La Land” this year.

Bars to the Stars will reprise their role as a favorite among stars and starstruck fans alike. The bars are rumored to have been enjoyed by celebrities from singer-songwriter Rod Stewart to children’s entertainer Captain Kangaroo, and always receive rave reviews. These tasty, no-bake treats are sure to be the highlight of any Oscar-viewing party or movie night!

Bars to the Stars

2 cups butterscotch morsels

1 cup chunky peanut butter

8 cups puffed rice cereal (like Rice Krispies)

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

1 cup powdered sugar

¼ cup butter

2 tablespoons water

Combine butterscotch morsels and peanut butter in large bowl. Microwave until melted and smooth. Add rice cereal. Stir until well-coated. Press half the cereal mixture into a greased 9" x 13" pan. A good way to press mixture evenly is to lay a sheet of waxed paper over mixture and press down with another 9" x 13" pan. Chill while preparing fudge mixture. Combine and heat chocolate morsels, powdered sugar, butter and water. Melt, stirring often until mixture is smooth. Spread over chilled mixture.

Spread remaining half of cereal mixture over top of fudge layer. Press mixture down firmly, again with waxed paper and another pan. Chill until firm. Cut into squares. Makes 24 bars.

Need some baking inspiration? Our Cookie Book archive has recipes dating back to the 1930s. Go online and find your new favorite today!

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