If your favorite thing about Valentine’s Day isn’t the obligation to eat chocolate, then I’ll be the first to tell you that you’re doing it wrong. Heck, isn’t that the reason why the celebration became a thing?!
With that in mind, I concocted these festive chocolate chip bars to celebrate the holiday the right way! Here’s how it goes:
First, melt 1 cup of butter and add 1 cup of white sugar, and 1 cup of brown sugar.
Mix that up well, and add two eggs, and one teaspoon of vanilla. Pro tip: Measure your vanilla in the cap of the bottle, which is equal to about a teaspoon. I’m all for tips that lessen the amount of dishes I have to do.
Next, add two cups of flour, 1 teaspoon of baking soda and baking powder, each, and 1/2 tsp of salt.
Once that is combined well, add two cups of quick oats. It will be looking like this by now:
Now time for the goodies: add in 2 cups of chocolate chips and an 11.4 oz bag of M & M’s. Stir that in well and spread into a 9 x 13″ non-greased stoneware pan. (If using a non-stoneware pan, be sure to grease it.)
Leave just enough batter in the bowl to feel the need to taste-test. Determine the degree of deliciousness (10 out of 10) and move on.
Use a spatula to spread the batter evenly in the pan.
Pop the bars into a 350 degree oven for about 23 minutes. If you are using a non-stoneware pan, it will probably take less time, so keep a close eye on them as they bake. Appreciate the scents that fill the kitchen. 🙂 Here’s the final product!
Festive AND delicious. Happy Valentine’s Day to me! Here’s the full recipe:
Valentine’s Day Chocolate Chip Bars
- 1 cup butter, melted
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 cups quick-cooking oats
- 2 cups chocolate chips
- 1-11.4 oz bag M&M’s
Combine melted butter and sugars. Mix in eggs and vanilla. Add flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt and carefully stir. Mix in quick-cooking oats. Add chocolate chips and M & M’s. Spread evenly into a non-greased 9 x 13″ stoneware pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-23 minutes. Let cool before cutting.