As of last week, I officially quit Science Museums.
And I get that they are “educational”.
But be warned that all those “hands on demonstrations” that the kids are so crazy about are just kiddie-germ breeding grounds in disguise.
That lightning ball that we all just love to touch and watch the current draw to our hands?
Don’t do it.
Seriously, do you know how many kids have touched that thing? The same kids, by the way, who have used their bare hands as a substitute for Kleenex.
Basically, I almost died last week.
For two and a half days, I laid in bed, sick, with only enough energy to blow my nose, watch Real Housewife reruns, and pen a last minute will.
Which really, was less about giving my stuff away and more about ensuring that upon my untimely demise, a shrine would be fashioned in my honor using my collection of cupcake sprinkles and sparkly headbands.
There also may or may not have been a clause that required my husband to wear black mourning clothes and resign to being cold and lonely for the rest of his livelong days.
But whatever. I’m fine now.
One thing about near death experiences though, is that they make you realize what’s really important.
Like candy. And cookies.
Or any combination of the two.
So in the name of life priorities, I give you these Peanut Buttery Twix Bar Bars.
Adapted from Betty Crocker.com
1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
8 or 9 fun size Twix Bars, sliced in to 1/4 inch pieces
36 caramels (from 14 oz bag)
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 container Betty Crocker Rich & Creamy milk chocolate frosting
Heat oven to 350. Line a 13×9 inch pan with foil and spray bottom and sides with cooking spray. In a large bowl, stir cookie mix, butter, and egg until soft dough forms. Press dough in bottom of pan. Press Twix pieces into the dough in even rows. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until light golden brown.
Meanwhile, in a 2 quart saucepan, heat caramels and sweetened condensed milk over medium heat, stirring constantly until caramels are melted. Stir in peanut butter. Heat to boiling. Cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Spread over warm cookie base. Cool completely, about 2 hours.
Spread frosting evenly over filling. Refrigerate about 2 hours or until chilled. Cut into bars and store covered in the refrigerator.
My husband and I both agreed that these are way better than a regular Twix bar. Make them yourself and see!