Holidays, birthdays and other occasions sometimes leave us with lots of candy hanging around the house. So when life hands you extra candy and cookies — like mini Reese’s peanut butter cups, Twix bars, fun-size Snickers, M&Ms, Oreos and other treats — try this deliciously indulgent recipe for loaded cookie bars, inspired by Handle the Heat. After you take a couple squares for yourself, share the wealth by offering the chocolate-studded bars to co-workers, friends and family.
When you’re making these, think of the candy as mix-ins, and you’ll see why there’s no end to the recipes you can sweeten up — for instance, these loaded bars. The little cookie monsters in your house will love them, but they’ll have to get to them before the adults do!
Sea salt adds that irresistible sweet-and-salty combo to the smooth texture of this dessert. Think blondie bars blended with Oreo pieces and studded with Reese’s cups, M&Ms and Snickers pieces.
You can modify this recipe to use whatever candy you have on hand. For example, if your neighbors go wild with the Twix bars this Halloween, chop some bars up and sub them in for the M&Ms. Easter bunny brings you a nest full of Robin Eggs? Mix ’em in. Your loaded cookie bars might be a bit different every time, but they’ll always be delicious.