This post is sponsored by Moen, but all opinions are honest and 100% my own. Thank you for allowing us to share products we love and approve of with you to help keep this blog going. The recipe for the bars is at the bottom of the post.
If you are anything like me, you might have random remnants in your pantry from making cookies or snacking . . .
And so every once in a while, we pull out all the little bags of leftovers and make what we call “Everything But The Kitchen Sink Bars” because you can literally add just about anything to them and they still taste good (except for the kitchen sink . . . 😉 ).
The recipe is a basic cookie bar (scroll down to the bottom of the post for the recipe) and the add-ins can be whatever you have on hand. Here are some of the add-ins that we love to use:
-chocolate chips (both white and chocolate)
-M and M’s (any kind)
-peanut butter chips
So clear out that pantry and whip these bars up!
And since you can’t add a kitchen sink to these bars, I wanted to share with you my latest home improvement: my new kitchen sink!
I have been wanting to get a new kitchen sink for a while now . . . the sink that we had was from the previous owner of our home and no matter what I did, I just couldn’t get that sucker clean! It was also leaky, so it was time for an update.
Yikes! Don’t look too closely! It’s pretty gross.
The sink and faucet that I chose seriously transformed the look of my kitchen.
I ended up going with the Moen Walden Pullout Kitchen Faucet – that comes with the spot resistant stainless steel finish, which I have loved!
The faucet is big enough to fit big pots underneath and I also love the pull-out feature- it makes cleaning the sink a breeze.
The sink that I chose to go with my faucet was the Moen Stainless Steel 20 Gauge Double Bowl Drop In Sink. Just like the name says, we literally pulled it out of the box and dropped it in it’s place. After having a white porcelain sink for many years, I am so excited to have an easy-to-clean stainless steel sink.
Put it all together and you’ve got yourself a pretty good lookin’ sink!
And now for the recipe!
Everything But The Kitchen Sink Bars Recipe
- ¾ cup butter I used unsalted
- 1¾ cups light brown sugar packed
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1-2 cups various add-ins (we like to include whatever we have on hand, such as chocolate chips, M and M's, pretzels, peanuts, raisins, etc. Basically anything goes!)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13x9" baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
- Place the butter in a large saucepan and melt over low heat. Take the saucepan off the heat and add brown sugar; stir until completely incorporated. Let butter and brown sugar mixture cool for 5-6 minutes. Slowly add in the vanilla and then add in the eggs one at a time, mixing after each one.
- In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add half of the flour mixture into the saucepan and stir well. Continue to stir as you add the rest of the flour mixture.
- Fold in any add-ins that you want to include (chocolate chips, nuts, etc). Spread batter in prepared 13x9" pan. Bake for 25-28 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bars comes out clean (be sure to not overcook, as they will not be soft and chewy if cooked for too long!).
- Let cool and cut into bars.