You usually see cookie recipes containing bits of candy after Halloween, since people usually have candy left over. We typically buy candy but rarely have and kids come to the door, so we usually have candy to spare. Somehow, it all eventually disappears, which probably isn’t very healthy. Oh well. This isn’t a recipe that uses left over candy; it uses the smaller Rolo Bites, which come unwrapped. That’s great because it would be a pain to unwrap that many Rolos.
These bars cookies are so simple to put together. You pretty much mix everything together, stir in the mix-ins (chocolate chips, nuts, Rolos) and then bake. The dough is extremely thick, and I ended up having to use my hands to spread the dough in the pan. Having the pan lined with parchment, and the thickness of the dough made it impossible to spread with a spatula.
I baked these for the longer of the time range given. They were soft when they came out of the oven and certainly golden brown around the edges. I knew that they would continue to set as they cooled, but these cookies are still fairly soft. I don’t think that baking them longer would have made much difference; they are just a soft cookie. I love the flavors: Rolos are always a favorite of mine and they pair nicely with the oats and pecans.
Rolo Oatmeal Cookie Bars
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 3/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup Rolo Bites candy (already unwrapped)
1 cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a 9” × 13” baking pan with parchment paper.
In a large mixer bowl, combine the butter, brown sugar, and eggs. Beat on medium until creamy. Add the milk, vanilla, flour, baking soda, salt, and oats and stir on low until combined. With a spatula, stir in the chocolate chips, Rolo Bites, and pecans. The dough will be very thick. Spread the dough evenly in the prepared pan.
Bake for 20-25 minutes; until browned along the edges and the bars are set, although still soft. Cool on a wire rack.
Life the bars from the pan by the parchment and peel it away. Cut into bars.