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I am so ready for Easter. I just love any excuse to buy all the fun Holiday candies and decorations. I worked retail in college and I was always so annoyed when we would have to set up Christmas in October or Easter in February. But now as a mom I just love it when I see all the Holiday stuff in the stores.
Sometimes Ok, all the time, I go a bit crazy and buy too much 🙂
Which is why I was beyond excited to see MARS® Mixed Mini Bags – 165ct - Spring themed bags at Sam's Club. I knew that I had to buy a bag because it includes all of my family's favorites; MARS® , M&M’S®, TWIX®, SNICKERS®, MILKY WAY®, and 3 MUSKETEERS ® .
I wanted to make a recipe that included all these MARS® mini chocolates as well as fun springtime sprinkles. Because why make plain old oatmeal peanut butter cookie bars when you can make Easter surprise confetti cookie bars! They're loaded, and I mean loaded, to the max with oatmeal, peanut butter, chocolate chips, springtime confetti sprinkles, and 5 different kinds of candy bars!!
Look at that dough! That is pretty much perfection in my book.
These bars are based off of one of the most popular recipes on the blog---> oatmeal chocolate chip peanut butter bars are so good and people love them. The key is to not overbake them. I love to tell people that you should never take cookies or bars out of the oven that look like they're done. They should always be slightly golden on the edges but still pale looking in the middle.
These bars, for me, are perfect right at 16 minutes. I know all ovens are different but please, please, please do not overbake these beauties. They will finish cooking up nicely in the pan as they cool. You'll be left with thick, soft cookie bars that are loaded with all the good stuff.
If you want an extra pretty presentation sprinkle some additional confetti sprinkles on top of the bars (before baking) and chop up some additional MARS® mini candy bars and gently press them into the top of the dough. Let these cookie bars cool for about 20-30 minutes in the pan before cutting them into squares.
I don't know about you but we love to share the goodies we make with friends and neighbors. Find some cute and festive Easter bags or treat boxes, place some of these Easter surprise confetti cookie bars inside and go drop them off at a friends house. Trust me, they'll be so excited to get these delicious cookie bars.
For more Easter ideas, check out my family's Easter traditions that all use jellybeans! And our other favorite Easter dessert Reese's peanut butter egg bunny bars. We love them served with a scoop of ice cream.
These cookies bars are perfect for springtime and Easter. Loaded with sprinkles, MARS® mini candy bars, peanut butter, oatmeal, and chocolate chips. They are sure to be a hit with kids and adults.
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup whole-grain old fashioned oats (not quick oats)
- 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) butter, softened
- 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1/3 cup miniature chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup MARS® candy, chopped
- 1/3 cup M&M’S® Peanut Butter candy, chopped
- 1/3 cup TWIX® candy, chopped
- 1/3 cup SNICKERS® candy, chopped
- 1/3 cup MILKY WAY® candy, chopped
- 1/3 cup 3 MUSKETEERS® Marshmallow candy, chopped
- 1/4 cup springtime confetti sprinkles
- additional sprinkles and chopped candy bars for topping, optional
- Heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9x13 baking pan by spraying with cooking spray. Set aside.
- In small mixing bowl combine all-purpose flour, baking soda, salt, and oatmeal. Mix with a whisk to break up clumps. Set aside.
- In large mixing bowl, or bowl of a stand mixer, combine butter, peanut butter, brown sugar, sugar and blend together until fluffy and light in color (about 2 minutes).
- Add in vanilla extract, egg, and egg yolk. Blend together until combined.
- Add the dry ingredients into the wet and stir together with a wooden spoon just until combined.
- Add in chopped candy bars and sprinkles, mix together.
- Dump into prepared pan and spread out evenly using your clean hands.
- Bake for 16-18 minutes. Edges will rise up a bit and be a golden brown color while the middle will still look slightly underdone and paler in color.
- Let cookie bars cool in the pan for 20-30 minutes. Cut into squares and enjoy!
You will need 2 cups of mix-ins for this recipe
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