Mountain Trail Bars

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Trail Bars Chocolate Recipe

Mountain Trail Bars – Dessert on the Go!

Camping is the perfect opportunity to try out a new dessert! Who doesn’t love sitting by the fire and having a chocolate treat?! These Mountain Trail bars will be a hit at your next camping trip or even at home. This is a fun twist on an old classic that I got from the Better Homes and Garden Cookbook. I made these before our last camping trip because I wanted to take something new to the campground hosts of our favorite spot in the woods. We have had the privilege of getting to know the hosts over the past few years and even the kids look forward to seeing them. When we head their way we try to have them over to our spot for dinner or dessert around the fire, and this was one I wanted them to try. They said they loved it, and we enjoyed fun conversation around the fire long after the dessert was gone. 🙂

These are very easy to make and are essentially an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie with peanut butter and nut filling – delish! We are always on the go throughout the day when we are up in the mountains, and having an easy to grab treat is nice. Once these are done you can cut them into individual bars and wrap them in parchment paper for easy on-the-go snacking.

Trail Bars Mix

Cut 2 tablespoons of the butter and set aside. On medium speed beat the remaining butter with a hand mixer in a large bowl for 30 seconds or until well whipped. Add in brown sugar and baking soda and beat until combined. Beat in eggs one at a time and add in 2 teaspoons of vanilla. Stir in flour, followed by the rolled oats. Fold in chocolate chips.

For the filling, in a medium sauce pan combine the two tablespoons of butter that were set aside, the peanut butter, and the condensed milk. Cook over low heat until the ingredients are mixed together. Remove from heat and add nuts and remaining 1 teaspoon of vanilla. One modification I do for the next time around is not to use the entire can of condensed milk just to make the filling a bit less gooey. These firmed up nicely once they cooled, but I’d like to try it again to get them just right. 🙂

Trail Bars Recipe Assembly

Line a 9″x13″ pan with parchment paper and then press about 2/3 of the oatmeal cookie mix in the bottom of the pan. When you are done with the cookie mix pour in the peanut butter filling. Crumble in the last of the cookie mix on top of the filling.

Trail Bars Dough

Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until the top cookie portion is firm and slightly brown. Allow to fully cool off before removing and cutting in to bars. (The filling will firm up and be less gooey as it cools off.) You can wrap them individually for convenience while you are camping, or split part of it down to put in a ziplock back for easy packing.

Trail Bars Complete

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Trail Bars Recipe

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Mountain Trail Bars

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Prep Time: 15 mins | Cook Time: 35-40 mins
Yield: 9 x 13 pan | Serves: 12

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla, split
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 1/2 cups quick oats
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, pecans, or peanuts

Instructions

  1. Cut 2 tablespoons of the butter and set aside. On medium speed beat the remaining butter with a hand mixer in a large bowl for 30 seconds or until well whipped. Add in brown sugar and baking soda and beat until combined. Beat in eggs one at a time and add in 2 teaspoons of vanilla. Stir in flour, followed by the rolled oats. Fold in chocolate chips.
  2. For the filling, in a medium sauce pan combine the two tablespoons of butter that were set aside, the peanut butter, and the condensed milk. Cook over low heat until the ingredients are mixed together. Remove from heat and add nuts and remaining 1 teaspoon of vanilla.
  3. Line a 9"x13" pan with parchment paper and then press about 2/3 of the oatmeal cookie mix in the bottom of the pan. When you are done with the cookie mix pour in the peanut butter filling. Crumble in the last of the cookie mix on top of the filling.
  4. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until the top cookie portion is firm and slightly brown.
  5. Allow to fully cool off before removing and cutting in to bars.
Ingredients: Chocolate, Egg, Oats, Peanut Butter
Meal Type: Desserts, Meatless
Categories: Brownies and Bars, Cookies and Treats, Oats, Oven

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