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Do you have a favorite birthday cake recipe that always wows the birthday crowd?  Duncan Hines® is calling all creative bakers for the best birthday cake creations!  In honor of the launch of Moist Deluxe Confetti Cupcakes and Duncan Hines’ featured Cake Stackers game in 2K Play’s Birthday Party Bash video game for the Wii™ system – Duncan Hines would like to know what YOU bake to celebrate birthdays.  Share your best birthday cake recipe and photo with Duncan Hines and earn your chance to win a Duncan Hines 2K Play Birthday Party Bash Grand Prize Event.  The Grand Prize includes a Wii system, copy of Birthday Party Bash, 4 Confetti Cake Mixes, 4 tubs of Vanilla Frosting and a $250 check for party decorations (ARV of $500).  All contest participants will be entered into a sweepstakes for the chance to win 1 of 100 Birthday Party Bash video games for Wii (SRP of $19.99)!

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Chocolate-Peanut Butter Dream Bars

Cookie Base

1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® double chocolate chunk cookie mix
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons cold strong brewed coffee or water
1 egg

Filling

1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 container (8 oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 bag (9 oz) miniature chocolate-covered peanut butter cup candies, chopped

Topping

1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons sugar
3 oz bittersweet baking chocolate, melted
1 cup unsalted dry-roasted peanuts

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Dream Bars. photo courtesy of Betty Crocker Recipes

1. Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, stir cookie base ingredients until soft dough forms. Spread dough in bottom of ungreased 13×9-inch pan. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or just until set. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

2. In large bowl, beat cream cheese and 1/4 cup sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Fold in whipped topping and candies. Spread over cooled cookie base.

3. In small microwavable bowl, beat peanut butter, milk and 2 tablespoons sugar with wire whisk until smooth. Microwave uncovered on High 30 to 60 seconds, stirring after 30 seconds, to thin for drizzling. Drizzle mixture over filling. Drizzle with melted chocolate. Sprinkle with peanuts. Refrigerate about 1 hour or until set. For bars, cut into 6 rows by 4 rows. Store covered in refrigerator.

Source: Find more recipes at www.bettycrocker.com.