Monster Bars

Dave and Sarah Eickelberg —  August 30, 2011 — 16 Comments

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!

Monster Bars
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? 

16 responses to Monster Bars

  1. So funny, my mom just asked me if I ever made monster cookies, and I didn’t know what they were! These look scrumptious!

  2. Oh. My. Gosh.
    Yes, please!

  3. No eggs? I think these look great.

  4. We are the dessert people for a get-together this weekend and I was trying to figure out what we would bring. Read this post. DONE!!

  5. So I made these yesterday for company and they were a huge hit. My question now… it ok to have one for breakfast? It has oatmeal in it right? Seriously, they were calling my name with my coffee at 6am this morning. Thanks for another great recipe (oh, and I also made your philly cheesesteaks for our company too-also a hit!)

  6. These look delicious! I’m thinking add in some chopped nuts too! But what do you been by a bar pan? Like an 8X8?

  7. Stumbled across your blog last week. Saw these and had to make them! Being in Des Moines I knew I could trust a fellow Iowan’s recipe. With the weather being gross my friends and I had a relaxing afternoon playing games and watching football. These made the perfect treat! Thanks!

  8. what kind of flour do u use. self rising or all purpose?

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