Hello, everybody! It’s Lauren. Hi.
One thing that is inevitable in the world of food blogging (and life in general) is the trial and error process. The error process always being a wee bit more frustrating than the trial. There is nothing more frustrating to me than envisioning something in my head, getting really excited about it, and then having it not work out. (Flashback to every yearbook photo ever taken since preschool) Blah! Life! I experienced this plethora of emotions this weekend. I had this vision in my head of magnificent, delicious, beautiful cookie bars full of yummy crap! They didn’t work out. They looked like poo, and I couldn’t get them out of the pan without them falling apart. They were just poo. The whole thing was poo! After I took them out of the oven and witnessed my failure, I did what I do best and complained about it. I was given the advice: “Just put some ice cream on top and they’ll be fine.” While that advice is very much in line with my own life motto and solution to pretty much every problem I’ve ever encountered since birth, I just wasn’t satisfied. In reality, they were not that horrible. They looked like average cookie bars, and they tasted absolutely fine. But in terms of photographing them and trying to make them look beautiful for blogging purposes, it just wasn’t going to happen. No amount of natural light and strategically placed props were going to help me. So, I did what most adults do when something doesn’t work out, and I napped it off. I woke up early the next day and made them again, and they came out just the way I wanted. Perseverance, people!
When I found this recipe for m & m and Oreo bars I was instantly hooked for 2 reasons:
1) I knew that the M & M’s would look really good in pictures.
2) I love Oreos. Like, a lot.
These cookie bars are so ridiculously easy. It takes longer for you to gather the ingredients you need to make them than it actually does to throw it all together and prepare the batter. And do you want to know the best part? You don’t need a mixer. As much as I love my precious mixer, I can absolutely appreciate when I can get by without one. One less bowl to wash. Not gonna complain about that! These bars are great because you can literally put anything that you want in them. You can switch out the Oreo’s and M & M’s and replace them with your own favorite snacks. This is America! Add whatever you want!
Look at all that Oreo goodness. Look at it! ^^^^^
During the preparation process for these cookie bars I went to the store to get some Oreos, but I was not mentally prepared for the cookie aisle. In case you didn’t know, there are about 750 different kinds of Oreos. It was too much for me to handle, and I was standing in the aisle for an embarrassing amount of time. I don’t think I was even blinking. I was just standing there overwhelmed staring at the cookies like I was having one of those seizures where you just stop functioning for a brief amount of time. Isn’t that a thing? Let’s pretend it’s a thing for arguments sake. Spoiler alert: I am completely incapable of making any kind of decision in life. I’m serious. I think it’s actually a medical condition. When I am faced with too many choices my brain doesn’t even try to make a choice. It’s just like ‘Nope! Not today!’ (Don’t even get me started on the menu at the Cheesecake Factory. I’m sorry, but I’ve read short stories that have less words in them. Just give me a cheesecake and I’ll be on my way, thanks). Moral of the story: I panicked and just grabbed the traditional Oreos (Double stuffed, obviously) and went on my way. But you could really use any flavor you want. Be brave. Don’t let the cookie aisle control your life. You are stronger than that!
P.S- I’m not that mad that I just used regular Oreo’s because they are damn delicious.
These bars are perfect if you are looking for something fun that you can throw together quickly. Just mix together all the goodies you want to add, bake for 15 minutes, and you’re ready to party. So make them. And then invite all of your friends over to party.
Recipe slightly adapted from Averie Cooks.