Monster Cookie Bars

Monster cookie bars are loaded with peanut butter, oats and M&M's and perfect for just about any celebration.

Monster cookie bars couldn’t be easier to make. This sweet treat bakes up in no time, to make your littlest monsters happy!

So Easter has come and gone, but since I’m a total holiday candy hoarder, we have a huge basket of the pastel, festive stuff stashed away in the pantry. And because we’re the best egg hiders on the planet, Elle is still locating those colorful plastic eggs filled with miniature candy bars, weeks later. I swear this kid is going to forever grow up thinking you can randomly find candy everywhere as long as you look in the right places.

I decided to take a proactive approach and attempt to reduce our candy stash – especially the M&M’s – because let me tell ya, Miss Elle is obsessed with them.

She’ll waddle over to the pantry and point to the basket uttering a little baby word that is undoubtedly her trying her hardest to say, “Mama, mama, M&M.” And let’s just say I can’t deal with the cuteness, so I usually drop one candy into her chubby baby palm. Minutes later, she’s following me around the house using the sign for more. Obsessed, I tell ya.

Monster cookie bars are a snap to put together and bake up in 30 minutes. They're so delicious!
We love Monster cookies around here almost as much as we love the New York Times chocolate chip cookies and Reese’s Pieces peanut butter cookies. With loads of milk chocolate chips, M&M’s, oats and peanut butter how could Monster cookies ever be a bad thing?

Last week, I whipped up this cookie batter with the intention of making a ton of cookies, but at the last minute decided to toss it all into one pan and bake up a batch of Monster cookie bars. Let’s just say I had the sudden urge to run to Target for a few home décor items and baking several batches of cookies was no longer a priority.
Monster cookie bars couldn't be easier or more delicious. They're the perfect recipe for using up leftover holiday candies too!
They baked up perfectly in about 30 minutes and by the time I returned from Target they were ready to sample. If I’m being honest, I most definitely prefer Monster cookies in bar form. They’re thick, chewy, just a little gooey, and definitely the perfect way to use up a little leftover Easter candy. I can only imagine how good these Monster Cookie Bars would be with chopped Snickers, Reese’s Cups or Twix.

If you’re hoarding leftover Easter candy like it’s your J-O-B, it’s time to let it go. You’ve got to make this Monster cookie bars recipe STAT.

12 Responses to “Monster Cookie Bars”

  1. Looks like the perfect way to reduce my candy stash! Looks delicious!

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    • Jamie — April 24, 2015 at 9:12 am

      Stephanie-
      Thanks so much! I appreciate you visiting!

      -Jamie

  2. Heather - Butter&Burlap — April 24, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Oh my word… these are amazing! Love that you put holiday candy to good use! I think my mom would love these for mothers day… or they would be a great dessert for cinco de mayo… I think I’m just trying to think of reasons to justify making them haha. Great recipe, Jamie!

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    • Jamie — April 24, 2015 at 9:12 am

      Heather-
      I agree these could be perfect for any occasion! Thanks for stopping by.

      -Jamie

  3. Bars are so much easier than individual drop cookies! These looks thick and chewy: yum!

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    • Jamie — April 28, 2015 at 10:59 am

      Laura-
      I agree, sometimes it’s nice to do bars and just get them in the oven. Thanks for stopping by.

      -Jamie

  4. Phat Foods — April 30, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    These are so cute and look delicious! Such a fun idea.

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    • Jamie — April 30, 2015 at 4:02 pm

      Thanks so much.

  5. Katie — May 1, 2015 at 11:34 am

    They look fantastic!! I’ve made Monster Cookie many a time for my children when they were young…I would just get them out of the oven and they would have them off the pan.
    I would love to make these bars for myself & Hubby, but there is peanut butter in it. He is not a lover of it! Could it be made without it??

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    • Jamie — May 4, 2015 at 8:42 am

      Katie-
      You might substitute another nut butter in place of the peanut butter, like almond butter or maybe Biscoff (cookie butter). I hope this helps.

      -Jamie

  6. Kristy — March 1, 2016 at 6:26 am

    Hi
    I don’t like peanut butter is there anything else I could use instead as they look amazing

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    • Jamie — March 1, 2016 at 12:50 pm

      Hi, Kristy! If you don’t have a nut allergy, maybe Nutella would work? Let me know how it goes!

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