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Monster Cookie Bars: Easy Dessert Recipe for Kids

Monster Cookie Bars are an easy and fun baking recipe with the perfect combination of soft and chewy packed into bite-sized bars.

Hi there, Kenarry readers! It’s Kelly from Typically Simple and I’m back this month with another simple, yet oh so yummy treat recipe – Monster Cookie Bars!

These chocolate chip, peanut butter, and M&M Monster Cookie Bars are an easy to make recipe with the perfect combination of soft and chewy packed into bite-sized bars. #cookiebars #desserts #kenarry

We are big fans of cookies in our house; it’s definitely a treat that gets baked (and eaten!) most often. Monster cookies are always a family favorite, with all the yummy mix-ins like M&M’s and peanut butter, it’s a cookie that everyone enjoys.

While I do love to bake cookies, I usually have at least 2-3 baking pans going in and out of the oven to get all the cookies baked as quickly as possible. And sometimes I just don’t love the mess of all the baking pans, bowls, and whatnot to clean up afterward. Enter the Monster Cookie Bars!

Monster Cookies Bars are just as delicious as their cookie cousins, but the batter gets poured into a pan and baked into bars, so less mess, less clean-up, but just as yummy! Plus you can cut them into bite-sized squares which makes them last a little longer…unless you are like me and end up eating 4 or 5 squares in one sitting!

These chocolate chip, peanut butter, and M&M Monster Cookie Bars are an easy to make recipe with the perfect combination of soft and chewy packed into bite-sized bars. #cookiebars #desserts #kenarry

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Here is everything you will need for this recipe.

Supplies

Ingredients

These Monster Cookie Bars are the perfect combination of soft and chewy, plus all of the deliciousness that monster cookies have packed into bite-sized bars.

It’s pretty easy, really. Mix all the ingredients together. Then, spread the batter into a baking sheet.

These Monster Cookie Bars are the perfect combination of soft and chewy, plus all of the deliciousness that monster cookies have packed into bite-sized bars.

After they are done baking, just cut them into bars. Or you can use a cookie cutter and cut them into fun shapes too.

Quick-Cooking Oats Substitute

If all you have on hand is old-fashioned oats, those will work too. But you will be able to see and feel the larger sizes of the oats. To minimize that, just pulse your oats through a food processor.

These Monster Cookie Bars are the perfect combination of soft and chewy, plus all of the deliciousness that monster cookies have packed into bite-sized bars.
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Monster Cookie Bars Recipe

Monster Cookie Bars are an easy and fun baking recipe with the perfect combination of soft and chewy packed into bite-sized bars.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookie bars
Servings: 18
Calories: 330kcal
Author: Kelly | Typically Simple

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together softened butter and brown sugar.
  • Using a hand mixer on medium speed, beat in peanut butter, eggs, and vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix in oats.
  • Pour into large bowl of wet ingredients and mix well on medium speed.
  • Fold in M&M’s and chocolate chips with a spoon.
  • Press batter into a greased 9×13 pan.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool completely and cut into squares

Nutrition

Calories: 330kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 296mg | Potassium: 167mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 215IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 2mg
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And if you happen to have a little more self-restraint that I do, store any extras in an airtight container. They are especially delicious to eat with a cup of coffee in the morning! It’s sometimes fun to indulge in a little breakfast dessert!

Alternatives to Peanut Butter

Since publishing this recipe, we’ve been asked what alternatives work in this recipe instead of peanut butter.

One of my pesonal favorites is Sunbutter. It’s made with sunflower seeds instead of peanuts.

You can also use almond butter. If you cut back the sugar a little, you could also use cookie butter. (It’s super sweet with added sugar, so be aware of that).

For another amazing dessert treat, try our sweet and salty Toffee Bark recipe. And, if you’re looking to add a little protein in your diet, these Monster Cookie Energy Bites are out of this world!

These Monster Cookie Bars are the perfect combination of soft and chewy, plus all of the deliciousness that monster cookies have packed into bite-sized bars.

Here are a few more simple treat ideas you might like!

Typically Simple Dessert Recipes

very berry bundt cake  |  caramel apple cookies  |  no bake strawberry cheesecake bites

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Originally published February 2018. Updated October 2018. 

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