Game Night Treats

I’m so excited for the return of game night with my church small group. We have a great time together with food, laughter, games and just enjoying each others company. I went to some easy comfort food treats tonight. Nothing fancy or new, just good hang out snacks. Since I’ve posted them both before, I’m just including the links with photos in this post. I know, how lazy am I today? I will say however that you’ll never have better rice crispy treats than mine. Oooh good! [Read more…]

Mountain Bar Bars

I love “No Bakes”, or as my family calls them, Mountain Bars. We call them that because they look like the local confection by Brown and Haley (better known as the makers of Almond Roca). Peanut butter, chocolate, oatmeal — yuuuumy! I’m calling these Mountain Bar Bars because they are all the ingredients of the traditional drop cookie, pressed into a layered bar. Still no baking required!

Mountain Bar Bars

Mountain Bar Bars
3/4 cup butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter


  1. Grease a 9×9 inch square pan.
  2. Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar and vanilla. Mix in the oats. Cook over low heat 2 to 3 minutes, or until ingredients are well blended. Reserve 1/2 cup of mixture for the topping. Press remaining mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  3. Meanwhile, melt chocolate chips and peanut butter in a small heavy saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently until smooth. Pour the chocolate mixture over the crust in the pan, and spread evenly with a knife or the back of a spoon.
  4. Crumble the reserved oat mixture over the chocolate layer, pressing in gently. Cover, and refrigerate 2 to 3 hours or overnight. Bring to room temperature before cutting into bars.

No Bakes “Mountain Bars”

I’ve been making mountain bars since I was a kid. They were actually one of the first recipes I ever made on my own (Thanks Mom!). This is the same recipe I’ve been making forever, except I pumped up the chocolate…cause you can never have too much chocolate. The key to perfect mountain bars is to make sure the butter/chocolate comes to a boil on medium heat – a full rolling boil that doesn’t stop even when you are stirring. Then time it for a minute at that boil prior to adding the remaining ingredients.

Enjoy just like when you were a kid – with a nice cup of milk!

Classic Mountain Bars

Tonya’s Mountain Bars

* 2 cups white sugar
* 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
* 1/2 cup butter
* 1/2 cup milk
* 1 pinch salt
* 3 cups quick cooking oats — do not use old fashioned…or your cookies will be gummy and  too chewy
* 1/2 cup peanut butter
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. In a large saucepan bring sugar, cocoa, margarine, milk, and salt to a full rolling boil. Boil for 1 minute.
2. Add quick cooking oats, peanut butter, and vanilla; mix well. Allow to set, off heat in pan for 30 seconds.
3. Working quickly, drop by teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper, and let cool.

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