These Monster Cookie Bars are soft, chewy, and so easy to make using just a few simple ingredients! Each bite is filled with oatmeal, peanut butter, chocolate chips and M&M’s. They’re always a favorite and are perfect for parties and potlucks!
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Last summer my sister-in-law served us Monster Cookies in bar form, and I thought it was absolutely genius!
I love cookies, but since they tend to be a bit time-consuming to make, I rarely get them made.
But bar cookies? I can easily do that! No rolling and shaping cookies, no multiple pans needing to be baked. It’s just all very quick and simple!
And to be totally honest, I think these are better as a bar than a cookie too! I make them often and they are always a hit.
What I Love About This Recipe
- Quick and Easy. Not only is the ingredient list simple, but the instructions are too! Even my 11-year-old can make them by herself. The process also goes much faster than traditional cookies.
- One Bowl. Who doesn’t love having fewer dishes to wash?
- Simple Ingredients. Other than the M&M’s, you likely already have all the ingredients in your pantry! But if you don’t have M&M’s, scroll down to the Helpful Tips section below for variations that you can use instead.
- Stores Well. Because these Monster Cookie Bars are so soft and chewy, they don’t dry out quickly at all and will stay fresh for several days. Plus they freeze really well too.
- Great for Large Crowds. These are perfect for potlucks, parties, sports events or family reunions as it makes a large amount. These also freeze well, so they are great for making ahead of time too.
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Monster Bar Ingredients
- Butter. I usually use salted butter, but unsalted will work okay too.
- Sugars. Both brown and white are used.
- Eggs. Helps to bind all of the ingredients together.
- Peanut Butter. This is what makes these bars so nice and moist. I prefer to use creamy in this recipe as crunchy peanut butter tends to make the bars a bit drier.
- Baking Soda.
- Oats. I always use quick oats for these bars, although rolled oats might work too!
- Chocolate Chips. I love to use dark chocolate but obviously, milk or semisweet are delicious as well.
- M&Ms. Classic is my favorite for this recipe, but I don’t know why you couldn’t use other kinds. Although, if you are wanting to avoid gluten, see the note under Helpful Tips below.
How to Make Flourless Monster Cookie Bars
STEP 1: Use an electric mixer to cream the sugars and butter together. Add the eggs and beat until fluffy.
STEP 2: Mix in all the remaining ingredients except for the M&Ms and chocolate chips.
STEP 3: Fold the chocolate chips and candy into the cookie dough.
STEP 4: Spread the mixture onto a greased cookie sheet (see notes below). Bake for 17-20 minutes at 350 degrees. They should be firm when done and looked baked on the top and around the edges. Do not overbake!
STEP 5: Allow the bars to cool in the pan for 1 hour, then slice into squares. If they are not set before slicing, they will tend to fall apart.
- Pan Size. For a full recipe of monster bars, use a 13 in. x 18 in. cookie sheet. To make a half batch, use a 9×13 pan and slightly reduce the baking time.
- Natural Peanut Butter. These cookie bars have not been tested using natural peanut butter (the kind made with only peanuts and oil), so I can’t guarantee that they will be delicious if you use that.
- No M&M’s? Simply use more chocolate chips instead! Or try using some peanut butter chips if you prefer.
- Gluten-Free. This recipe is gluten-free as long as the oats you are using do not contain gluten. Crispy M&Ms are not gluten-free because they contain barley malt, but the classic version is.
- Variations. For holidays and special occasions, swap the classic M&Ms for pastel, red and green, or other appropriate colors.
- Make Ahead of Time. Prepare the cookie dough according to the instructions, then refrigerate for up to 2 days. Before baking, allow the dough to come to room temperature on the counter.
- Storing and Freezing. Keep the monster bars in an airtight container for up to 4 days on the counter. To freeze, add the cooled bags to a freezer bag. Separate the layers with parchment paper. Freeze for 2 months. Thaw at room temperature before serving.
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- Crazy Chocolate Cake (no eggs, no butter, no milk)
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- 45 Sheet Pan Desserts that Feed a Crowd
- Healthy Double Chocolate Muffins (with oatmeal and yogurt)
- The Best Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars
Monster Cookie Bars Recipe
- 3/4 cups butter, softened
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 2 cups creamy peanut butter
- 2 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 5 cups quick oats
- 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (9 oz.)
- 1 cup M&Ms
- Cream butter and sugars together. Add eggs and beat until fluffy.
- Add remaining ingredients except for chocolate chips and M&M’s. Mix well.
- Fold in the chocolate chips and M&M’s.
- Firmly spread into a greased cookie sheet, smoothing the top into an even layer. (see Notes below) Bake at 350 for 17 to 20 minutes. Do not overbake! They will not be firm when done but should look baked on the tops and edges.
- Let bars cool in the pan for around an hour, then cut into squares. If you do not let them cool completely, they will not hold together well.