Leverage Bars (the treat that will make your kids do anything you ask!)

Monster Cookies – they’re nothing short of irresistable. Seriously, who can walk past a Monster Cookie without a slight hitch in their step. I came to a complete stop in the serving line when I saw these Monster Cookie Bars made by my dear friend, Diane Sullivan of Eagan, for her daughter’s graduation. They are just the perfect amount of gooey-ness and crunch and include all the standard monster cookie ingredients. Plus, bars are so much easier to make than the assembly line skills and babysitting services required by cookies. Once Diane emailed me the recipe, Emma and I flew to the grocery store to buy M&M’s so we could hurry home and make them.

I’ve renamed them Leverage Bars – in honor of their persuasive power. Once I saw my kids devour a jelly roll pan of Leverage Bars in a single afternoon, I started imagining all sorts of possibilities… a tidied mudroom, completing a chapter of summer reading, an offer to do the dishes; all in exchange for one of these fabulous bars.

Leverage Bars (the treat that will make your kids do anything you ask!)

Here’s all the stuff you need – we had everything already, except for the M&Ms (I wonder why…)

Leverage Bars Ingredients

Notice that John just discovered that the M&M’s will only be used in this recipe. I innocently suggest, “Maybe you want to get your Kumon math and reading done in time to have a bar… since they only take 15 minutes.” Guess who just went to find a pencil?

John finds M&Ms

We start with butter and sugars, just like my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe.

Sugar and butter

Emma is learning to pack the brown sugar…Emma scooping brown sugar

In goes the brown sugar. Followed by eggs, baking soda, and vanilla.Mixing the sugars

When I went through my grandmother’s recipes, I could always tell the well-loved recipes. Aside from the worn edges or turned down corners, they were the ones with ingredient stains and crusty smudges. 

Christened Recipe

The peanut butter is added.

Peanut butter is added

Sonny prepares empty peanut butter jars for the recycling bin at our house…Sonny Peanut Butter

I love it when Sonny has peanut butter on his whiskers. It makes him seem so childish.  Speaking of children, look who just finished his Kumon in record time. Thanks Leverage Bars!

John Kumon

The batter is ready.

Leverage Bar Mixture

We doubled the recipe – enough for two jelly roll pans. You certainly don’t have to do this – but I did learn that Leverage Bars also freeze well, so if you’re into freezing treats you might want to make an extra batch, too.
Jelly Roll Pans

Emma and I figured out that they press down easiest with a fork.
Emma and Leverage Bars 2

That’s it! Easy. Fabulous. Powerful.

Here’s the recipe from Diane. Leverage Bars Recipe

Wishing you happy baking with these Leverage Bars  – and improved success with some of the chores you need your kids to do this summer.

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Jennifer Ebeling
Jennifer Ebeling is a proud Minnesotan and U of MN alumni. Gooooooo Gophers! Each week, Jennifer produces and hosts Still Growing - a gardening podcast dedicated to helping you and your garden grow. The show is an in-depth interview format. Guests featured on the show share a passion for gardening and include authors, bloggers, professional gardeners, etc. Listeners and guests of the show can join the Still Growing community on Facebook. It's a place to ask questions, share garden stories, interact with great guests featured on the show, and continue to grow and learn. Jennifer and her husband Philip have four children, a big golden lab named Sonny, and live in lovely Maple Grove, Minnesota. P.S. When she's not teaching her four kids a new card game - or teaching them how to drive a car - Jennifer loves inspiring individuals and groups to maximize and personalize their home & garden.
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  1. Kathy on August 2, 2013 at 10:43 am

    I love monster cookies and this looks like the best recipe! I will make these this weekend. My four kids will love it. Cute photos too!

    • 6ftmama on August 5, 2013 at 12:22 am

      Thanks for stopping by Kathy! I hope you enjoy them.

  2. Janet Cartwright on August 3, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    No flour? Don’t want to make a mistake so need clarification. Thanks

    • 6ftmama on August 5, 2013 at 12:22 am

      Hi Janet. No flour is correct.

  3. Katherine on August 4, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    I googled the recipe. Per Betty Crocker (didn’t even know she HAD a .com), there is no flour in the recipe.

    • 6ftmama on August 5, 2013 at 12:24 am

      Hi Katherine. I never thought to google it either but it definitely does not need flour. Careful not to over-bake them. They are so yummy! Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Anneri on August 21, 2013 at 1:01 am

    Love that you call them Leverage bars! Hahaha! I can just feel the ideas popping into my head for my little kiddo… 😉

    • Jennifer Ebeling on August 22, 2013 at 7:58 am

      Ha! Thanks Anneri. I made a version of them last week without the M&M’s but we added chocolate, white-chocolate & butterscotch chips with coconut. So nummy!

  5. Tracey on August 26, 2013 at 12:43 pm


    I have to tell you I have made this at least 4 times in the last month for different occasions and EVERYONE loves them! Thanks for sharing!

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