Cookies on Cookies & Cream

To help battle my Hershey’s Cookies & Cream bar addiction, I thought I would buy three XL sized bars and put them in cookies. I’ll let you know if I end up curbing the poor eating habit, but in the meantime, check out the masterpieces. Well, almost.
I trolled Google with something along the lines of “Hershey’s cookies cream recipe” and found several overly decadent (college code for involved) brownies, truffles, and other things…ugh effort. Then I came across “double cookies and cream kiss cookie bars”. Sounds more complicated than it is; I think the double referred to the inclusion of Oreos in the original recipe. And who has time for unwrapping kisses? The rest of the recipe was more or less two layers of chocolate chip cookie dough sandwiching “a” layer of the best American chocolate to have ever existed. Or whatever you call it. They turned out to be great cookie bars…and as you can see from the above image, if you’re really trying, you can kinda perceive-ish some white chocolate and/or oreo crumb. This is particularly annoying because I only used one and a half bars. And if I make them again, I’ll have to buy more. That’s okay; they’re just that much less artery-clogging. 
Beyond proud of my nibbling restraint
Surprisingly (at the time) not enough to for substantial gook

Sweet deal. Does that count as a pun? Intended.

Double Cookies and Cream Kiss Cookie Bars
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup mini chocolate chips
12 Oreo Cookies, broken up
25 Cookies and Cream Hershey’s Kisses
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line an 8×8 inch baking pan with foil sprayed with cooking spray.
2. Place butter and sugars into a large bowl, stir to combine, at least 2 minutes. Add egg and vanilla, mixing to combine. Add dry ingredients, chocolate chips and oreo cookie pieces, stirring to combine. Press 1/3 of the dough into the bottom of prepared baking pan. Top with 5 rows of Hershey’s Kisses 5 per row. Top with remaining dough and gently press. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool for 30 minutes, cut into squares and serve.
Makes 12-16 bars
Recipe courtesy of Picky Palate