I like you so much, it’s scary. That’s what I think these Fudgy Monster Cookie Bars are saying.
I was inspired to make these ridiculously delicious treats after having something quite similar at a work event a few weeks ago. Who else looks forward to snack breaks during work meetings/trainings/workshops? I know it’s all. I. can. think. about.
But, hey, you know I like food.
And I also like coffee.
Snack breaks were meant for people like meeeeeee. And probably like you.
When I saw the bar cookies slathered in fudge and adorned with candy pieces on the snack tray, my mind was made up. Sorry, carrot cake bars. I like you, but the chocolate was speaking to screaming at me. After I ate the bar in, like, 3.5 seconds, I wanted another one. But to be fair to the others there (and because I needed to save room for the barbeque lunch), I restrained myself.
And then I decided to make my own so that I didn’t have to share. Sharing is scary.
These cookie bars are out of this world. What I love about cookie bars is that I don’t have to take the time to make individual cookies. Regular cookies aren’t a pain, but they do take a bit longer to make. I know you catch my drift. With bar cookies, the cookie dough ingredients are mixed. Then the dough is spread into a pan and baked. Easy.
The cookie layer of these cookie bars are classically monster: peanut butter and oats. The dough takes a little bit of work to spread in the pan, especially if you line it with foil like I do. Just forge ahead slowly, smoothing the dough. Before the fudge layer is added, the cookie layer is baked and cooled.
The result? A thick, chewy, soft monster cookie layer. Peanut-buttery and oat-y. The best, the best. The Best.
And the fudge layer. Oh, the fudge layer. Let me tell you. It’s what dreams are made of: semi-sweet chocolate chips + sweetened condensed milk combined over low heat to result in a gooey pool of chocolate. We have the same dreams, don’t we?
The fudge is slathered atop the cookie bar layer and M&Ms—a monster cookie ingredient staple—complete them. These bars look good and taste good. So good that you won’t want to share.
But, to play on the fact that monsters are scary AND the fact that sharing is scary, you could totally package these treats in a cute red and pink box with a note that says “I like you so much, it’s scary.”
And now I just solved your Valentine’s Day what-cute-thing-will-I-do-
Cookie bar layer adapted from Frugal Living NW