Sunday, December 22, 2013

Rocky Road Oatmeal Bars

My after finals baking frenzy continued with this scrumptious dish!  

All the goodness of oatmeal, chocolate, peanuts, and marshmallows is beautifully orchestrated into this wonderful dessert!

Rocky Road Oatmeal Bars
Recipe Adapted From Will Cook For Smiles
1/3 C unsalted butter, softened 
1 C brown sugar
2 eggs, best at room temp
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 C flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 C old fashioned oats
1 C mini marshmallows
2/3 C peanuts (can substitute your favorite nut)
2/3 C chocolate chips
**1/4-1/3 C honey

 Preheat your oven to 350 and grease and line a 9x9 pan with parchment paper.

Beat together the butter and brown sugar until it is nice and fluffy, about 2 minutes.

Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition.  Beat in the vanilla extract.

**Beat in the honey, on low.

Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt.  Add to the butter mixture and either beat on low, or mix with a wooden spoon until combined.

Add oats and fold in with a wooden spoon.  

Spread the dough evenly over the parchment lined pan.

Bake for 20 minutes.

While the dough is baking, combine the last three ingredients: marshmallows, nuts, and chocolate chips.  After the dough is done baking spread them evenly over the top and bake for another 10-12 minutes.  Be sure not to over-bake or the marshmallows will become stiff and chewy.

**When I made this I found the base to be just a bit dry.  Adding honey to the recipe will help it retain moisture and make it less dry.  I haven't tried it with the honey yet so the measurement is just a guess!  :)