Monster Cookie Bars

I made these for a fun girl’s night recently and they were SO good! One of the best parts is that there’s no egg in them, so I could help myself to the cookie dough with no worries, not that I really ever worry about that!;) These were much easier than scooping out individual cookies and were chewy and soft and full of chocolatey cookie goodness.  I will be making these again and again, I’m sure! I made Adam take the leftovers to work with him because I could not be trusted around these bad boys!

Monster Cookie Bars
Source: Feisty Eats, originally on 1 Cup Awesome

Ingredients:
3/4 cup butter, room temperature (1 1/2 sticks)
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups quick cooking oats
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1/2 cup regular sized chocolate chips
1/2 to 3/4 cup m&m’s (approximately 2 1/2  1.69 oz. bags)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a bar pan (10 x 15) liberally with cooking spray.*

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and brown sugar until fully incorporated and creamy.  Add in sweetened condensed milk & peanut butter. Mix together until fully incorporated.  With the mixer on low, add in flour, baking soda & salt until combined.  Add in oats and mix until combined.  Add in chocolate chips and stir until evenly distributed.

Pour batter into prepared pan (if using 9 x 13 pan reserve 1 cup of the dough for cookies).  Spread dough evenly.  Bake for approximately 30 minutes until lightly golden brown and set in the middle.  Remove pan from oven and place pan on a cooling rack. Let cool completely in the pan, then cut into bars and store in an airtight container.

* You can use a 9 x 13 pan but you will need to remove about one cup of the dough and set it aside so that the bars cook more evenly-I did this and my bars were still a little underdone in the center but done on the edges.  I made some individual cookies with the extra dough and baked them for 8 to 10 minutes. Even though my bars were a tad underdone they set up as they cooled and made the bars have a great texture and since there’s no egg there is no worries about them possibly being underdone.

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    1. Those look incredible. I know that I should worry about eggs in dough, but I never do either. It’s worth the risk! :)
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    2. I have a cookie weakness…and monster cookies are always delicious! I like the idea of making them into bars instead so it cuts down the prep time!
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    3. Oh man. These look incredible! Sweetened condensed milk makes most things better, doesn’t it? I just love how colorful they are. My husband is still a student and I can’t wait for him to have a job so that I can send him away with all my goodies. Husband having a job = having more than two posts a week. :)
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    4. Teresa H says:

      My kids are SO gonna LOVE these! I can’t wait to make them. My 5 year old little girl will love helping me.

    5. Yum, the condensed milk in these is really interesting and I love how packed they are with M&Ms! I also love making bar cookies so I can avoid doing all the scooping required for individual cookies :)
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    6. these are definitely perfect for girls night! what girl doesn’t love chocolate and cookies together?? condensed milk is heaven!
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    7. These look so good! I’m a fan of making bars instead of cookies sometimes becaus it’s such a time saver. :)
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    8. I could eat about seven of these right now!! I love!
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    9. yes!!! i absolutely LOVE monster cookies! genius to make them into bars!

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