Kitchen Sink Cookie Bars

3 years ago

Another Spring Training has come and gone, this one in particular going quite quickly. There are many pros to living this crazy baseball life, but one of the major cons in having to pick up and move time and time again. I’d say we are pretty used to the moving part, but having to leave a full kitchen for a new, empty kitchen is a whole other story. Part one, having to buy all new kitchen ingredients is really expensive and a bit of a pain. Part two, I always end up throwing away a lot of perfectly good food which is a total bummer. Lucky for me, Averie from the blog Averie Cooks posted a great recipe for using up some of those fun baking items lying around.

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I’ve called this recipe Kitchen Sink Cookie Bars because you can put anything into them that you think will blend well together. The key is the recipe for the base; everything else is left up to you! She used oreos and M&Ms, but I found that we had a chocolate / peanut butter combination in our house, so I went in that direction. Half a box of Tagalong Girl Scout cookies, the rest of the peanut butter jar, M&Ms, a couple Reeses peanut butter cups, and some pretzels. Holy cow. It’s basically just enough filling to hold the other stuff together. Kind of like going to froyo and getting a cup of all toppings.

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They were salty sweet, peanut buttery chocolate heaven. And the best part is that I didn’t have to throw all of those ingredients away! They were a perfect treat to munch on while we packed up the house. Goodbye Fort Myers, hello Pawtucket. Happy baseball season everyone!!

Kitchen Sink Cookie Bars
 
Prep time
20 mins
Cook time
20 mins
Total time
40 mins
 
Author: Cooking in Red Socks
Recipe type: Desserts
Serves: 16 bars
Ingredients
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • ½ cup peanut butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups Tagalong cookies*
  • ½ cup chopped pretzels
  • ½ cup Reeses cups, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup M&Ms 
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8 x 8 baking dish with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Melt the butter and peanut butter together in a microwave safe bowl. Whisk together to cool, and add the brown sugar, egg, and vanilla extract. Stir to combine.
  3. Add the flour, cookies, and other mix in ingredients except for the M&Ms. Use a spatula or a mixer to gently combine. Pour the mixture into the baking dish and press evenly so that you have one layer. Add the M&Ms over top, gently pressing them into the batter with your fingers.
  4. Bake the bars for 20 – 22 minutes, or until the batter is golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes before removing the parchment paper. Cool the bars another 20 minutes before slicing and serving. I recommend slicing into 2 x 2 inch pieces, as these bars are very decadent.
  5. *The filling choices are just the ones I used, you can use 2 ½ cups of any type of cookie or candy you have around.
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