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…)
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?
We start with butter and sugars, just like my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe.
Emma is learning to pack the brown sugar…
In goes the brown sugar. Followed by eggs, baking soda, and vanilla.
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.
The peanut butter is added.
Sonny prepares empty peanut butter jars for the recycling bin at our house…
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!
The batter is ready.
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.
Emma and I figured out that they press down easiest with a fork.
That’s it! Easy. Fabulous. Powerful.
Wishing you happy baking with these Leverage Bars – and improved success with some of the chores you need your kids to do this summer.