E.T. Themed Party: E.T.'s Reese's Pieces Squares

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February 4, 2004
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If you were a child in the eighties/early nineties, it is likely that the movie E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (released today in 1982) was a big part of your life. Directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Melissa Mathison, the film follows Elliott, a lonely boy who befriends a scared extraterrestrial who was accidentally stranded  on Earth. Elliot develops an unlikely and extraordinary bond with E.T., only telling his two siblings of his existence as they try and keep him hidden from their mother and eventually, their government. 

So tell your friends to take a bike ride down to your place, donning their red hoodies and have an E.T. Party.  Be sure to order pizza with "plenty of pepperoni and sausage, everything but the little fishies" , and  try our recipe for Reese's Pieces Squares below.  

You can't forget for the main focus of this party: the movie! Watch the classic science fiction family film and play this awesome drinking game my friend Ryan Ensminger (a huge fan of the film) created:

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(Note on the "Bonus E.T. Chug": Everybody has to chug a Coors Light during the scene where E.T. does that, making him --and vicariously, Elliot-- totally wasted.)

E.T. Reese's pieces squares

What You Need:

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  • 1 stick of butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup fresh peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/3 cup organic sugar blend
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cup Reese's Pieces
 
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What You Do:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Over medium heat, mix together the butter with sugars until completely dissolved. Remove from heat stir in the peanut butter. Set aside.
  3. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.
  4. Beat the eggs and vanilla extract into the sugar mixture.
  5. Slowly add in the dry ingredients until well blended.
  6. Lastly, add in 1 cup of the Reese's Pieces and gently mix in by hand.
  7. Press dough into a greased 8×8 baking dish. Top with remaining Reese's Pieces
  8. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
  9. Cool, cut into squares, and serve!