Monday, September 29, 2014

Monster Cookie Bars

                  I am such a huge fan of cookie bars!! Like crazy in love with bars of all kinds. I actually prefer them to cookies but mostly that's because I love how thick you can make the bars. Plus all it requires is one large pan and you are done.

              I've made these bars twice now and this is what I learned: You can use 2 eggs instead of 3. You can use whatever kind of oats you want. I've used both old fashioned as well as the quick cooking and found there to be no difference. These take about an hour to bake..not the 35 minutes that's stated in the recipe. If you pull them out at the 35 minute mark there is a huge chance the middle is still in the liquid state. These totally over browned..even when I dropped the oven temp down. To solve this, simply tent the top with tin foil around the 30 minute mark or whenever you see it browning to quickly. They rise like crazy in the oven and then settle down once they come out. You can add anything you want into these bars and they will taste awesome no matter what. You may not have any of these issues and sometimes using ingredients from another country can alter the final product but wanted to put those tips out there to be on the safe side.

Monster Cookie Bars

1 cup Sugar
1 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 cup Unsalted Butter,softened
3 Large Eggs
1-1/2 cups Peanut Butter..smooth or crunchy
1 TBS Vanilla
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 tsp. Salt
4-1/2 cups Old Fashioned Oats
1 cup Chocolate Chips
1 cup of whatever else you want..I used mini reese's pieces I had been hoarding but M&M's would also work!

Preheat oven to 350 or 180 celcius. Line a 13x9 inch pan with foil and make sure to leave a 2 inch overhang on the shorter end side so that you can lift the bars out once they are cooled. Spray the foil with nonstick spray and set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the sugars and butter until light and fluffy,about 2-3 minutes. Add the eggs,once a time,beating between each addition. Add in the peanut butter, vanilla,baking soda, and salt and mix until well combined. Add in the oats and mix just until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips and your other one cup addition with a wooden spoon until combined.

Transfer dough to prepared pan,pressing into an even layer.

Bake..well that all depends on how well you want them done. Start checking at the 30 minute mark and if they aren't done but are very brown,cover with foil and bake another 10-15 minutes until the toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Cool completely on wire rack. Remove bars with foil and cut into ginormous sized bars!

Yield: 24 bars if you are feeling generous..less if you aren't
Source: Just A Taste