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These are so good! “Plain” or “fancied up”, this recipe is an easy winner for your 4th of July dessert table!
Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 12″x17″ jelly roll pan with 1 tablespoon of the butter. Set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer using the whisk attachment, cream together remaining butter, peanut butter, brown sugar and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until incorporated. Add flour, oats, baking soda and salt, and mix again until incorporated.
Then, with a spatula (and plenty of arm strength), fold in the chocolate chips and M&M’s. Press dough into the prepared pan and bake for 14 to 15 minutes. These bars are meant to be chewy, so do not over bake! Remove pan from oven and set on a rack. Cool completely, then cut into bars.
These bars are fabulous just the way they are, but if you want to add a little more festivity for the 4th of July, try adding chocolate frosting and sprinkles! I simply used a can of fudge frosting that I picked up in the baking aisle. Place frosting in a pastry bag fitted with a medium star tip and swirl the frosting onto the top of each bar. Add some red, white and blue sprinkles and you’re set!
Source: Adapted from the recipe box of my husband’s cousin, Melanie Sorenson.
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!