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Monster Cookie No-Bake Bars

By Emma :

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Monster Cookie No-Bake Bars Recipe

Hello, dear readers! I’m genuinely thrilled to share a recipe that fills the kitchen with joy without even turning on the oven. That’s right – today, we’re diving into the delightfully easy and utterly delicious world of Monster Cookie No-Bake Bars! These bars are a heartwarming mix of childhood memories and grown-up indulgence, perfect for those days when you crave something sweet but want to skip the fuss. Let’s embark on this no-bake adventure together!

Ingredients

  • ½ cup salted butter, softened to room temperature
  • ½ cup white granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour (see tips for a gluten-free alternative!)
  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup M&Ms

For the Topping:

  • 1¼ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup mini M&Ms (optional, but oh-so-fun!)

  1. Prepare the Base: In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in the peanut butter and vanilla extract until well combined.
  2. Combine the Dry Ingredients: Gently fold in the flour and quick-cooking oats until the mixture is uniform. Next, add the M&Ms and mix until they are evenly distributed throughout the dough.
  3. Press Into a Pan: Line an 8×8 inch baking pan with parchment paper for easy removal. Transfer the cookie dough mixture to the pan and press down firmly to form an even layer.
  4. Make the Chocolate Topping: In a small saucepan, heat the heavy cream until it just begins to simmer. Remove from heat and pour over the chocolate chips, allowing them to melt. Stir until smooth and glossy. Pour this chocolate mixture over the cookie base and smooth with a spatula.
  5. Add the Final Touch: Sprinkle the mini M&Ms over the chocolate topping for a festive touch.
  6. Chill to Set: Refrigerate the bars for at least 2 hours, or until the chocolate is firm and the bars are set.
  7. Slice and Serve: Lift the bars out of the pan using the edges of the parchment paper. Cut into squares and serve.

Helpful Tips

  • No Microwave? No Problem! If you prefer not to use a microwave for melting chocolate, a double boiler on the stove works just as well for a gentle melt.
  • Flatten Neatly: Use the bottom of a measuring cup to press the mixture evenly into your pan. This helps create beautifully even layers.

Substitutions/Variations

  • Gluten-Free: Swap the all-purpose flour for your favorite gluten-free blend to make these bars celiac-friendly.
  • Nut-Free: If allergies are a concern, use sunflower seed butter in place of peanut butter and omit the M&Ms for something equally colorful but nut-free.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I use old-fashioned oats instead of quick-cooking oats? A: Yes, but the texture will be a bit chewier. Quick-cooking oats lend a softer texture that’s perfect for no-bake recipes.

Q: How long can I store these bars? A: These bars keep well in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Storage Instructions

Store your no-bake bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They’re perfect for grabbing a sweet treat on the go or for an after-dinner dessert that won’t disappoint!

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Monster Cookie No-Bake Bars Recipe

Monster Cookie No-Bake Bars


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  • Author: Emma
  • Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 16 bars 1x

Description

Dive into the delightful world of no-bake treats with these Monster Cookie No-Bake Bars! Perfect for quick sweet cravings without the oven fuss, these bars combine creamy peanut butter, oats, and M&Ms all topped with a luscious chocolate layer. Ideal for family gatherings, quick snacks, or just a bit of self-indulgence!


Ingredients

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½ cup salted butter, softened

½ cup white granulated sugar

¼ cup brown sugar

1 cup creamy peanut butter

1 teaspoon real vanilla extract

½ cup all-purpose flour

2 cups quick-cooking oats

1 cup M&Ms

Topping:

1¼ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

½ cup heavy cream

¼ cup mini M&Ms (optional)


Instructions

In a large bowl, cream together butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until fluffy. Mix in peanut butter and vanilla.

Fold in flour and oats until well combined. Stir in M&Ms.

Press mixture into a lined 8×8 inch pan.

For the topping, heat cream until simmering, then pour over chocolate chips to melt. Stir until smooth, spread over the base.

Sprinkle mini M&Ms on top. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until set.

Cut into squares and serve.

Notes

For a gluten-free version, substitute all-purpose flour with a gluten-free blend. To make it nut-free, use sunflower seed butter and nut-free chocolate candies.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes (chill time 2 hours)
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 bar
  • Calories: Approx. 300
  • Sugar: 18g
  • Sodium: 95mg
  • Fat: 18g
  • Saturated Fat: 6g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 8g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 15mg

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