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Easter Surprise Confetti Cookie Bars

Easter Surprise Confetti Cookie Bars are a peanut butter oatmeal cookie bar base loaded with Easter sprinkles, pastel m&m's, and chocolate candy bar chunks.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword easter recipes, easter surprise confetti cookie bars, easter treats
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Cooling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 20 bars
Calories 269kcal
Author Jessica

Ingredients

  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter softened
  • cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • cups chopped spring mix chocolate candy bars (snickers, milky way, twix, 3 musketeers)
  • ½ cup spring pastel m&m's
  • 3 tablespoons Easter sprinkles

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°. Lightly spray a 9X13-inch baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
    I line my pan with parchment paper (so there is overhang on the sides) which makes it really easy to grab the bars out and cut them nicely.
  • In a small bowl add the flour, oats, baking soda, and salt. Stir with a wire whisk to break up any clumps. Set aside to use later.
  • In a large bowl, or in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter, peanut butter, brown sugar, and sugar until fluffy looking and light in color, 2-3 minutes.
  • Add in the vanilla, egg and egg yolk. Mix together.
  • Add the bowl of dry ingredients and mix, on low speed, just until combined.
  • Add the chopped candy bars, m&m's, and sprinkles. Stir together with a wooden spoon or spatula until combined.
  • Press the batter into the prepared pan and spread it out evenly. It's easier to do this if you dump piles of the dough all over the pan, rather than in one pile, and then use your fingers to spread it out.
  • Gently press additional m&m's, chopped candy bars, and sprinkles onto the top of the bars (optional).
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes.
    Be careful to not overbake these! Only the very edges should be a very light golden brown color, while the center is still pale in color. These will cook and set up more as they cool. I have never had to cook mine for longer than 15 mintues.
  • Let the bars cool in the pan for about 30 minutes before cutting. Store leftovers, covered, at room temeprature. These freeze well too once they are baked.

Notes

Oats : I have always made this recipe with the whole grain old-fashioned oats (not the quick oats). I know it works and that's what I do. With that said, I have had several readers tell me that they use quick oats in this recipe with great results. 
Peanut Butter : I say this all the time but natural peanut butter tends to dry out baked goods like cookies and cookie bars. If at all possible, use the regular peanut butter (like Peter Pan, Skip, or Jiffy).
Baking Time : If you are taking out the bars and they have a light golden brown color all over, then you are baking them too long. I always have people tell me that they thought they were not done so they left them in their longer, and then the bars were gross because they were dry and overcooked. Only the very outer edges should be a very pale light golden brown color. Not the middle. As the bars cool in the pan they cook slightly more and set up nicely. 

Nutrition

Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 144mg | Potassium: 160mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 190IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 2mg