I was looking for something refined and elegant to have with my cold brew coffee. But then half a bag of M&Ms, five stray shortbreads and a box of Oreo cookies exploded in my kitchen.
adapted from here
115g (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup plain flour
Pinch of salt
2 cup chopped cookies and candy (I used Peanut Butter and Choc Cream Oreos, Shortbread and a mixrure of various M&Ms)
Plus and handful of candy for sprinkling over the top
Preheat the oven to 180C (350F). Line a 20 x 20cm (8 x 8 inch) cake pan with foil and spray the foil with cooking spray. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, add the cooled, melted butter, egg, brown sugar, vanilla and whisk until smooth.
Add the flour and salt and mix until just incorporated. Don't over mix.
Stir it the cookies and candy.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Scatter over the extra candy, pressing them into the dough a little.
Bake for about 20 - 22 minutes, until the it is slightly firm at the edges and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out with moist crumbs clinging to it. Leave the bars in the pan to cool for at least an hour before slicing.