January 28, 2009
I didn't really appreciate monster bars until last summer, when our good friend Bryant introduced us to the ultimate version. He graciously obtained the recipe for me, and now, I'm going to share it with you.
Are you excited? ... I would be, if I were you. 
Bryant, this one's for you.
Okay, off we go.

blend 
1/2 c. butter
1 c. brown sugar 
1 c. white sugar.

put in one of your mix cd's to keep you company while you create.
i selected kitchen september '08 featuring norah jones & the singin' in the rain soundtrack.
scoop 1 1/2 c. peanut butter

scrape it out into the mix.

beat it, just beat it. 
until it gets all fused & smelling heavenly.
then add in 3 eggs
and whip it.
whip it good.

now for some teeny, tiny, hugely important steps that were not photographed...
stir in: 1 tsp vanilla2 tsp baking soda
then toss in 4 1/2 cups oatmeal, and start up the stirring again.
demolish oatmeal mountain.

wait for the mix to mingle, meld, & merge.
then use your favorite side-scraping tupperware spatch to get it tidied up.

pick your poison.
i chose m&m's leftover from Christmas (not mint), semi-sweet morsels, & butterscotch bits.
preheat the oven. 350 degrees.

dump & stir.
if you turn your mixer back on for just a sec, you'll get pretty candy coating confetti in the mix too...  celebrate good times, come on.

spoon it into a pan.

press it all in.
squash it, crush it, pound it- do whatever it takes.
just get it all smoothed out & settled in for the big bake.

set your timer for 15 minutes.
stick your pressed pride into the oven.

my oven & my deep pan (& my dislike for too much gooey) resulted in the baking time increasing to about 20 min.
but you can check at 15 min. & see how yours is coming along.

when you pull it out of the oven, your candies should be nestled into a golden crust, still tender to the touch.
let cool on cooling rack.

pull up on your easy-clean-up foil edges.
heave the pleasantly heavy result onto the counter.
cut into delectable, prim & proper squares.

plant the goods in your favorite platter, 
preferably transparent with a platform, 
to display your handiwork & for the highest degree of temptation.

p.s. this recipe calls for a jelly roll pan that's 17" x 11 1/2 "... which not only do I not own, but consider to be rather gigantic. I cut the recipe in half and used an 8" x 11" dish. It yielded about 20 bars. But you can do whatever makes you happy.

p.p.s. happy birthday, audra! i'm so, so glad to have you as a sister. love you!

14 comments:

Bryant said...

Best blog post ever.

Renee said...

just had a monster cookie for dessert....yours look better!

marta said...

mmm. these monsters
looks right up my alley. i can't wait to make them. and bars are so simple and quick. thank you for the recipe!

You are my fave... said...

These are my favorite treats ever.

please sir said...

Ohh I want some - they are so tempting!

Clair said...

Hi Summer,

I saw your comment over at m.writes about a yummy cake recipe and was wondering if you would send it to me too?

Clara.cann@gmail.com

Thanks!

P.S. These treats looks so good!

Clair said...

Thank you sooo much Summer!

I really appreciate the recipe! I'm always looking for better-than-good, made-from-scratch cake recipes and I'm super excited to try yours!

I think your blog is super cute and I know I'll be stopping by often.

Thanks again!

Clair

{michelle} said...

Delish!

Megan said...

YUM! Monster cookies are the best, I know what goody I'll be baking up this weekend :)

Audra said...

Thank you for the birthday wishes Summer! I love you, too!

Mo said...

woooooooo that looks AMAZING !

marta said...

thank you summer, just got some mini m&ms in the bulk foods. again, you've inspired me in my kitchen. you are my new kitchen 'aid'.

xo.

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marta said...

oh goodness, i've already commented on this one twice; but i had to say thank you one more time. i found this again right off the bat.

this will give me something to look forward to. i love cookie bar recipes; so much quicker than waiting for a dozen cookies to bake over and over again. how's that for a lazy kitchen doll!?

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Hello, I'm Summer. A people-loving introvert whose hope and life is in Jesus. His promises are my passion and my ministry is homelife. This blog is a place for me to write about everyday things. Especially food. My favorite thing to do is sit around a table, lingering over a long meal with good conversation. I live with my husband and our 2 littles. We like blizzards, thrifting, grammar, guacamole, cheerful hearts, nice manners, good movies, and making simple, real, nutrient-dense food.

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