Besides the fact that I just sang the Little Mermaid song (part of your world) outloud as my sister was trying to go to sleep, I would say my family likes me coming home. I mean, I like to think I liven things up a bit around here and fill the void they miss all year round. Haha. I mean, come on. Three baskets of laundry fill up my bedroom. My makeup and hair stuff explodes fill the bathroom counters. And most importantly, I fill their bellies with more baked goods then they can ever dream of.
One of which, were these monster-licious oatmeal bars. I was in one of those, “I’m gonna clean out the pantry type moods” so I came up with a way to get rid of some things by using them on the bars. And wahh-lahh…3 bars from ONE simple cookie dough recipe. How’s that for tricking people into thinking you spent more time in the kitchen than you did? Plus, these bars would be great to take to a get-together. You could create a little dessert tray without all the work of making 3 different bars. Brownie points through trickery tactics? I’m all for that.
Not only did these taste de-lish (from the few bites I managed to snatch before the brothers attacked), but they were also a great way to clean out the pantry!
During the last 5 minutes of baking, top with the topping-goodness. I wanted them to appear like 3 separate bars, so I confined each topping to it’s own section on the cookie. But if you’re feeling adventurous, go ahead and mix em’ up!
The three musketeers in their full glory. Nom nom nom.
Monster Bars: 3 Ways
Create 3 different variations of monster bars using these fun topping ideas!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup Brown Sugar
- 1 cup White Sugar
- 1.5 cup Peanut Butter
- 3 Eggs
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 4 cups quick oats quick cooking oatmeal
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup each of desired toppings M&M's, peanut butter chips, mini marshmallows, milk chocolate chips
- Extra melted chocolate chips for drizzling
Mix all ingredients (except for the toppings) in a large bowl. Press into a 9x13 pan. If desired, line the pan with foil before spooning batter in. This will help if you are planning to present the bars on a tray. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes. Once the bars look lightly golden brown (15 minutes in), add toppings and bake for an additional 5 minutes.
Saturated fat: 4g
Vitamin A: 150%
I would invite you all over for dessert, but as we all know sweets don’t last long here. And these babies are gone-so. Maybe next time. But until then, try them for yourself! Like I said above, the versatility of them is a great trickery tactic for friends. Try it. No one needs to know all 3 bars came from the same bowl…