We are slowly getting back to reality in my house.
The Christmas tree is down.
The garland is put away.
The Christmas decorations have been carefully wrapped back up and placed in their proper storage containers in the attic.
The pantry is full of our go-to pantry staples (canned beans, pasta, canned tomatoes, brown rice) and most of the special treats (the peppermint bark, 15 pounds of chocolate chips, marshmallows) are gone.
As I was in a total cooking funk over the past few days, I decided to use up the last of the “holiday wrapped” candy that was hanging out in our holiday candy dish (since the dish needed to go with it’s brethren back to the attic). It was an awkward amount of candy, so I decided to take a page out of Laura at JoyFoodSunshine’s book and make stuffed cookie bars.
And boy, did they kick the January Blues to the curb!
I put a twist on her recipe by adding in some oatmeal to the cookie dough, which added a nutty element to the bar. Besides, I believe that cookie dough + oatmeal = forever.
Best thing about this recipe? You have cookies in 30 minutes… which means that you can enjoy dessert ASAP (and when was that a bad thing?).