Monday, November 26, 2012

Ooey Gooey Everything Bars

So I wanted a bar that was ooey gooey and had everything but the kitchen sink in there…
I think I’ve succeeded!!

I took pre-packaged cookie dough, added pretty much EVERYTHING from my pantry, and then topped with sweetened condensed milk. I mean that is the ULTIMATE right there!! Can I just ask really quickly? Am I the only one that after pouring the sweetened milk into their recipe, proceeds to stick their finger into the can and and just take a small dollop of this scrumptiousness?? I am?? For real? Oh well, is there a therapy group for this?

Back to the recipe. We have cookie dough, pecans, dried cherries, peanut butter cups, M&M’s, coconut and the finale… “Heath’s” toffee tid bits. Well, yes because I could, and I did!!
These bars are so gooey and just absolutely ooey delicious!!

Ready for the recipe? Here we go;

Prep time: 25 minutes
Bake time: 27-30 minutes
Yield: 24 bars

1 cup chopped pecans ( or nuts of choice, chopped roughly with a knife)
1 cup peanut butter cups chopped
1-1/4 cup shredded coconut *divided – reserve 1/4 cup*
1/3 cup English toffee bits (I used Heath)
1/2 cup M & M’s
1/3 cup dried cherries chopped
1 tube premade (16.5 oz) chocolate chip cookie dough (I used Pillsbury Chocolate chip)
1 can sweetened condensed milk (I used Eagle brand) *not evaporated*


-Preheat oven to 350F.

-Pre-spray a 13 X 9 baking pan with non stick baking spray.

-Press your cookie dough down onto the baking pan, set aside.

-Roughly chop your pecans (or nuts of choice), using a knife. It gives bigger heartier pieces. Set aside

-Roughly chop your peanut butter candies, set aside.  You know, the secret stash from Halloween... "what" doesn't everyone hide some?

-Add your chopped pecans directly over your pressed cookie dough.

-Add your delectable chopped dried cherries.

-Now let's add the peanut butter candies, then the M & M’s and finally your shredded coconut – don’t forget to reserve 1/4 cup.

-Now open up your can of that sinfully delicious can of awesomeness, also known as “sweetened condensed milk” (is this a food group)?
Pour the amazing milk all over the cookie dough concoction.

Mmmmm is the only thought I can think of when viewing the creamy sweetened milk!!

-Top with reserved coconut and the English toffee bits.

-Bake for 28-32 minutes till edges are golden brown and your cookies are bubbling and popping, YES look at that deliciousness!!

-Let cool thoroughly, about 1 hour.

-Cut into bars 24 bars

These bars are so easy and decadent!! You would think that because of “everything” in them including the sweetened condensed milk they would be amazingly rich and overly sweet.
Nope! They are for the lack of a better word, “perfect”! Not too rich, not to overly sweet, but as Goldilocks said, “just right”, with the perfect amount of crunch!!

*Note: You can add whatever ingredients you want in these cookie bars.  Want more nuts?  More cherries? Chocolate chips?  Make them your own, just don't forget the condensed milk... what are you waiting for?  Let's head into the kitchen!!

Till next time!!

Dishin with Didi


  1. OMG indeed Didi only the sink is not on them lol! I bet they have over 100,000 calories per piece ha,ha! But I would love every bite of them. Have a great day my friend!

    1. LOL, thank you Katerina, they are indeed good!!