No Time, No Gluten Bars

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No Time, No Gluten Bars

Is it just me, or have women engineered our lives so that we have no time at all?

See, we have rights and we can work and vote and do all those great things. Super! I’m excited to be alive in this time, really I am. But why does having permission to be considered equal to men translate into women suddenly being superheroes?

Because I am, ya know. Sometimes I lie back against my fluffy pillows at the end of the day and just sit there, dazed at how much I could pack into a day. And I’m not bragging, because I’m not pretending to do it well or anything. But somehow, it’s totally legit for women to figure out how to pack in work, family time, exercise, errands, logistics (don’t get me started on how much we plan), general hygiene, and oh so much more in one day. Every day. Relentlessly.

I’m not necessarily complaining, mainly because I’m lazy and tired and don’t feel like opening that can of worms right now. I’ll open it next week. I’m just trying to explain how I wound up baking when I had no time. These bars, to be exact.

No Time, No Gluten Bars

You take two fabulous gluten-free baking products, combine, and there you go! A dairy-free and easy project for the five minutes you have in the day to think before the next onslaught begins.

No Time, No Gluten Bars

It’s actually delicious. You give the brownies half of the baking time all alone, and then you pile on the cookie dough. It’s fab. And gluten-free folk everywhere will thank you!

No Time, No Gluten Bars

And to be honest, I made this as a preventive measure. I needed to stop my husband Β from snacking on the gluten-packed cookies and cream pie I made last week. He’s easily distracted. These are on the counter and quite appealing! And very good for his tummy.

No Time, No Gluten Bars

Simple recipe awaits! Eat a few while you ponder modern feminism, whether or not there’s a serious backlash going on, and how to change societal perceptions once you get past legal barriers.

No Time, No Gluten Bars

Fun times? Not so much. Eat instead!



  • gluten-free brownie mix (I used King Arthur) and required add-ins
  • 16 oz. gluten-free cookie dough (I used the Immaculate Baking Company)



Preheat the oven to 350. Coat an 8 x 8 pan with cooking spray.

Make the brownie mix according to package directions and spread in the pan. Bake for 20 minutes. While the brownies are beginning to bake, take the dough out of the refrigerator.

At the 20-minute mark, spread the cookie dough in flat chunks on the brownies and return to the oven. Bake for 25 minutes more until the top is browned and the center is only slightly jiggly. Bear in mind that gluten-free brownie mixes bake more slowly.

Allow the bars to cool completely. Do not cut these warm, or you will be faced with a fudgy mess! Cut into squares and serve.


I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Jason

    These look delicious! Your husband is like a lucky guy (though it sounds like he could do a little more to help you out).

    1. Mir

      I dunno, Jason. He’s too busy being hot and making up fake names and commenting on my blog.
      Thanks for reading!

  2. Mary Frances

    Bahaha! ^ those comments πŸ™‚
    Anywho, back to these bars – I’m pretty cookie dough topped brownies are better energizers than any sports drink or bar. I think I could take on the world with a pan of these! (er, ok, maybe just my bed and pillows; all in a days work ya know) Love that they are GF and DF!
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    1. Mir

      Yep. My husband is hilarious!
      Totally agree on the energy thing. Sugar is the best fuel ever, especially in chocolate chip cookie and brownie form!

  3. Jocelyn@Brucrewlife

    Your hubby’s comment gave me a good giggle! Totally something my guy would do!! πŸ˜‰ These bars are fabulous! Love brownie and cookie together, yum!
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    1. Mir

      Husbands are funny! That’s why we keep them. πŸ˜‰ Thanks!

  4. Melissa A

    I baked this tonight. I’ll let you know how it tastes after Shabbos. It looks and smells good. I used a different brownie mix, so I adjusted the timing accordingly.
    Thanks for sharing this recipe!
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    1. Melissa A

      Just noticed that the time says 2:39 am. I didn’t stay up that late to bake these. It’s only about 10:42 pm as I type this. πŸ™‚

      1. Mir

        Ha! Hope it turned out well!

        1. Melissa A

          they did. our guests devoured them. i used hodgson’s mill brownie mix and wasn’t as fond of that as of king arthur, so i’ll have to try it with that mix next time. but everyone was impressed. i told them about your website and the GF recipe section. πŸ™‚

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