Fudge Ripple Monster Bars. Chewy oats, an overload of M&M’s and a decadent fudgy centre makes this a traybake to remember.
Craig and myself made these fudge ripple monster bars from Sally’s Baking Addiction‘s first cookbook; Sally is a total blog inspiration to me and always posts the most sinful of recipes! For that reason alone you should definitely check her out, especially if you have a penchant for peanut butter. I was always a hater of peanut butter until about two years ago, and now i’m drawn to it in everything! From satay chicken, milkshakes and my beloved peanut butter pie.
Little American baking lesson for you all now! I originally thought the inclusion of ‘monster’ in the title of this bake was a random addition on Sally’s part, due to the crazy look of the bars! But, in writing this post and actually giving it a google I’ve found that monster cookies are an American classic. Huge face-sized oatmeal cookies, packed full of peanut butter flavour and stuffed with M&M’s AND chocolate chips. It seems they are pretty popular with children….are we surprised?
These bars are a tweak on the original, with Sally turning the chocolate chips into a gooey fudgey centre; which in my eyes makes them all the better! The oats give a great texture to the bars and also help to combat the sweetness of the ripple centre, peanut butter and M&M’s.
The components aren’t tricky to make at all, and the dough can be pressed into the baking tin by hand. Its actually a pretty good bake for children to help out with, provided you deal with the fudge ripple centre that is! That needs to be heated on the hob until all the ingredients are combined and you have a lovely smooth filling!
The top layer is quite literally moulded by hand, by flattening pieces of the dough and laying them on top to cover the filling. Its a bit like crazy paving, and is perfect for those of us who find perfect decoration a little on the tricky side!
The bars can be kept for up to a week, but I can guarantee you they won’t last that long!!
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