Springtime Goody Bars

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Are you guys ready for spring yet? I sure am. Currently, we have about a foot of snow in our yard. Luckily, it is supposed to warm up for the next few days here in Maryland. Just last week we had the coldest week ever in the month of February, or so the weather people say….. I get so tired of bundling up 3 kids in coats, hats, gloves just to drive 5 minutes to take my oldest to preschool. And then, right when the kids walk in the door they drop everything on the floor. That mess combined with the wet and snowy shoes is just too much. I can’t wait for the sunshine, sandals, popsicles, walks outside, riding bikes (my kids’ favorite thing!), and the cool evenings.

I took my kids to the library the other day for story time and I saw a lady checking out cookbooks. No way! I did not realize, or I guess even think about it, that the library had an entire section of cookbooks. Seriously, I was in heaven. I love browsing through and finding new & fun recipes to make. I probably looked like a mess; I had a baby crying in the stroller, my two toddlers being loud, and I was carrying 3 huge & very heavy cookbooks + all the kids’ books and movies in the bag over my shoulder.

I saw this recipe for these goody bars in a Betty Crocker cookie book and wow, I knew they had to be made right away. I added some of those Easter m&m’s because they are just so pretty and my kids are mildly obsessed with m&m’s, and I thought they would give me a little bit of springtime in the kitchen.

I hope you try them. I will note that we liked them better the next day, after they had a few hours to set up and cool down. Also, when I took them out of the oven they looked like they were not done at all, and I almost made the mistake of putting them back in for longer. Don’t do that, resist! I promise once they cool they will set up beautifully. Promise!

Springtime Goody Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt (I love using kosher salt)
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup m&m's, any variety

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees and spray 9x13 baking pan.
  2. In large bowl, mix together oats, flour, brown sugar, salt, and melted butter. Stir in pecans. Remove 1 cup and reserve for later. Press remaining into baking pan.
  3. In saucepan over medium heat, stir the condensed milk, 2 tablespoons butter, and 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips until smooth and melted. Pour over the crust in pan. Sprinkle with the reserved mix and the m&m's. Press down lightly.
  4. Bake for 23-25 minutes. Mine were perfect at 25 minutes. They will look like they're not done, but will set up very nicely after they cool.
  5. Let cool for several hours. Enjoy!
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I hope you love them! Let me know if you try them! See you again soon.

♥ Jessica

 

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Comments

    • Together As Family says

      They were delicious! They are also fun because you can change out the candies for holidays (valentine m&m’s, Christmas, fall, etc). Thanks for commenting 🙂

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