Loaded cookie bars are soft and chewy cookie bars with all of your favorite mix-ins. This recipe is perfect for using up all the extra mix-ins like chocolate chips, nuts, and candy that are hiding in your pantry. It’s a basic bar cookie filled with an assortment of delicious add-ins, resulting in one tasty treat.
What is a Loaded Cookie Bar?
Years ago, I had the revelation that you can mix and match mix-ins in cookie bars and, ever since then, I’ve gone crazy making tons of cookie bar recipes with tons of variations. So, I thought, why not share my favorite basic cookie bar recipe and let you guys decided which mix-ins you add?
So, say hello to loaded cookie bars! A choose-your-own-mix-in-adventure where you decide what special treats you want to add to your bars. Use this recipe to make cookie bars with candy, nuts, sprinkles, baking chips, or any combination of those you love!
A loaded cookie bar is usually a basic bar cookie recipe made with various add-ins, resulting in one fantastic dessert. So, think a combination of chocolate chips, baking chips, chopped candy, nuts… basically, any baking mix-ins can be added.
Why We Love This Recipe
This recipe is a great way to use up all the baking odds and ends in the pantry. Otherwise, what am I going to do with an ⅛ of a cup of white chocolate chips? And ⅓ of a cup of toffee bits? I guess you could just eat them, but these easy cookie bars are just so much better!
For the base of the cookie bar, I use my go-to blondie base. I’ve made Toffee Blondies and Nutter Butter Butterscotch Blondies with this base. It’s like a giant brown sugar-based cookie, complete with an ooey-gooey center. It is the perfect canvas for whatever loaded cookie bar you want to create!
I love that you can make this recipe over and over and never make it the same way twice. It’s so easy to adapt, and I’ve written the recipe to make it easy for you to adjust the mix-ins based on what you have on hand.
This is also an easy one-bowl recipe!