I was thrilled when Kettle Brand Chips and BlogHer asked me to participate in the “Perfect Picnic Pairing” campaign. I love packing up a picnic tote and carting my kids off to the park to enjoy it in the company of friends. Today, as part of this campaign I have a wonderful cookie bar recipe perfect for picnicking. It goes well with Kettle Brand Chips, it goes well with a good PBandJ, it goes well with a friend or two to visit. My kids and I also put together a video for your viewing pleasure. If you decide to give away 2 1/2 short minutes of your life to watch this crazy video…I can promise you will come away either chuckling to yourself, or scratching your head wondering how I got MyTeenSonMark to participate. Maybe both. 🙂
Do you feel like rushing out to buy some Kettle Brand Chips after watching that little show? I hope so, they really are fantastic. Here are a few things I have learned about Kettle Brand Chips. 30 years ago, Kettle Brand Chips pioneered the kettle cooking style. They developed the method and continue on today cooking real, unpeeled potatoes in small batches in an effort to gain superior taste and a heavenly crunch. Which they really do have! I love the crunchiness of the Krinkle Cut Chips especially. I’m a girl who likes a bit of crunch in her life and Kettle Brand Chips are just the ticket. Kettle Brand also cooks their chips with all-natural, non-GMO ingredients, using no trans fats, MSG or artificial colors and flavors. I like that in a chip! Kettle Brand Chips would make a wonderful addition to any summer time gathering you have planned. Picnic in the Park, Pot Luck of Wonder, Sit At The Beach and Tan…whatever you have planned. Grab some of these great chips, won’t you?
These Cookie Bars are super soft, moist and slightly fluffy. The prep time is very minimal (thanks to the cake mix!) and they are wonderful eaten warm from the oven. Let me show you how easy they are to put together!
CAKE MIX COOKIE BARS
Time: 5 minutes prep + 35 minutes baking
Yield: 25 bars
Recipe adapted from Epicurious
1 yellow cake mix
1 (3.4 ounce) box instant vanilla pudding
1/4 C oil
3/4 C water
1 1/2 C milk (or semi sweet) chocolate chips
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
2. Grab a yellow cake mix and one small box of instant vanilla pudding. Toss them both into your stand mixer, or medium-sized mixing bowl.
and 3/4 cup water.
4. Add 2 eggs…
5. Add 1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips and mix just until combined.
6. Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray and pour the dough into it. It will be kind of thick.
8. Allow the bars to cool for about 10 minutes, then slice them into bars, and enjoy!
I like to make them in a pan that has a handy lid. That way, I can cart them off easily to a picnic at the park.
When my kids and I are planning to romp around at the park with friends, I generally just throw a few things into a tote for lunch. Usually some sliced fruit and veggies that I store in little plastic bags.
I like to make a good PBandJ on homemade Whole Wheat Bread with homemade jam. Love it. I truly do.
I slice each sandwich into quarters
and then pack them in a plastic container…
Then I toss it all in a tote,
grab some Kettle Brand chips and we are ready to go. I like the Krinkle Cut best. Classic Barbeque Kettle Brand Chips are my all time favorite, and would have been shown in this picture, if they hadn’t been consumed previously!
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