About seven years ago our friend, Heather, introduced us to a dessert that would dramatically make our lives better. No joke. Our lives became better because we started to make “Chipper Bars on a regular basis.
And to think, the recipe was an accident…
As the story goes, when Heather was younger she was going to make some bars for a 4-H meeting. They were supposed to be peanut butter bars topped with a chocolate glaze made from melted chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk. As we have both done many times in our lives, she read the recipe wrong and just threw every ingredient into a bowl and started mixing away. She dumped the mixture into a 9×13 pan and 30 minutes later, she had created one of our all time favorite treats. She brought a batch of Chipper Bars to us when our oldest daughter, Marley, was born. So they even hold a sentimental place in our hearts.
Thank you, Heather!
Over the last few years, we have adapted the recipe slightly and the chipper bars have turned into “Monster Bars.” They taste like a monster cookie, but have the texture and size of a bar. Yum!
Total Time: 40 minutes
2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup flour
1 cup brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
14 oz sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
1 cup mini chocolate chips
3/4 cup mini M&M’s
Preheat over to 350° F.
In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients, except for the M&M’s.
Pour mixture into a greased 9×13 pan or into a medium bar pan. We prefer to use the bar pan since it seems to cook the bars a little more evenly. In a 9×13, the bars are thicker and sometimes the outsides of the bars will be fully baked, but the middle of the bars will be undercooked.
Sprinkle the mini M&M’s evenly throughout the top of the bar mixture.
Bake at 350° F for 30 minutes.
That’s it…they are so quick and easy! They are our go-to bars for events and parties. Thank you again, Heather!
Tell us about a time that you messed up a recipe. Did it end in disaster or deliciousness?