I was stumped coming up with a name for these bars. There is so much good stuff in them and I didn’t want to omit any key words from the title.
I almost called these Everything-In-Your-Cupboard-Bars but decided that didn’t have a great ring to it.
White and dark chocolate chips, marshmallow creme, peanut butter, oats, a can of sweetened condensed milk and plenty of vanilla extract.
And oh boy, these are my newest favorite bar.
After baking the sweetened condensed milk. marshmallow creme, and peanut butter solidifies into a semi-firm, frosting-ish layer but it’s not really frosting.
It’s more like a Pillowtop.
Just like with a pillowtop for the bed, that top layer is smooth, soft yet firm, comforting, luxurious.
I would love to take a nap on that pillowtop.
Or sink my teeth into it, which I’ve done plenty of already.
They bottom layer is mixture of melted white chocolate, oats, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla. Rich, chewy, dense.
If you like white chocolate or sweetened condensed milk, you’re going to love the bottom layer because these bars are bursting with those two flavors.
I didn’t add any eggs and being that there’s no flour, these make for an easy egg-free and gluten-free dessert.
So as long as you’re not sugar free, I’m thinking you’ll like these.
Marshmallow Peanut Butter Double Chocolate Pillowtop Bars (Gluten Free, Egg Free, with Vegan Option)
2/3 c marshmallow creme
2/3 c peanut butter
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk, divided
1 tsp vanilla extract + 1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 c white chocolate chips (this is most of a 10 oz bag)
1/4 c butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 c whole rolled oats
1/2 c (or more) chocolate chips
Optional: 1/4 c+ of other chips such as white chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, peanut butter chips, toffee bits, sprinkles etc)
1. Preheat oven to 350F and line an 8 x 8 or 9 x9 pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
2. Place marshmallow creme, peanut butter, half of the 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk, and 1 tsp vanilla extract into a medium bowl and mix with a spoon until well combined. Set aside. This is the marshmallow/peanut butter layer.
3. Place butter and white chocolate chips into a saucepan and heat over the stove top to melt. Note that the white chocolate and the butter will melt fast, possibly within 30 seconds. Take care not to scorch it by taking it off the heat source as soon as it shows signs of melting and just keep stirring it with a spoon to encourage full melting. After the white chocolate chips and butter have melted, add the remaining half of the 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk and 1 tsp vanilla extract. Stir again. Add in the oats and stir. Pour this white chocolate/oats mixture into the prepared baking pan.
4. Add the marshmallow/peanut butter layer over the top of the white chocolate/oats layer. Gently spread it over the top with a spatula.
5. Lightly layer the chocolate chips (or other/additional chips) over the top.
6. Bake for 20-22 minutes at 350F or until edges begin to pull slightly away or brown a big. Center may seem somewhat jiggly, but will set up while cools. Don’t overbake. You want these gooey. Allow to cool well before slicing and serving. Expedite this by placing in the fridge or freezer.
Use certified GF oats if needed rather than conventional oats and read all labels on all other products to check for trace gluten.
To make this vegan, use margarine in place of butter. Use full fat coconut milk sweetened with agave rather than sweetened condensed milk. Use vegan white chocolate and vegan marshmallows. <– Lots of tweaks, yes, but not impossible.
The recipe I used is very forgiving so if you have most of the ingredients, you’ll be okay.
Most people, or more specifically, most blog readers have oats, peanut butter, and chocolate chips on hand, right?
If you like the sound of today’s bars, I also recommend…
White Chocolate Vanilla Marshmallow Cake Bars. They are more white-chocolate-meets-cake tasting because I used cake mix as the base layer rather than oats.
And if you want something that’s vegan and gluten free, a bit less sweet, very robust and flavorful because of the pumpkin, I suggest Pumpkin Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars
Magic 8 Bars also have white and dark chocolate and sweetened condensed milk. If you’ve never had a Seven Layer bar, try…eight.
Back to the Pillowtop Bars and how good it feels to make teeth marks in them.
You’ll thank me later that you tried these even if it means a little extra time on the treadmill.
They’re worth it.
They’re probably my newest favorite dessert. The runner up is probably these cookies but you can’t really compare cookies and bars, apples and oranges.
1. Are you a fan of white chocolate, dark chocolate, peanut butter, vanilla, marshmallows? What makes you say…ahhhh….What’s your current favorite dessert?
2. Ever tried a pillowtop topper for your mattress or have a mattress with a pillowtop that’s attached?
Once I bought a pillowtop layer add-on from Bed Bath & Beyond for a rock hard mattress and it helped tremendously. It was a much cheaper alternative than buying a new softer mattress for a bed that was in our guest room (when we had a guest room).
There’s a difference between firm and rock-like. Some firmness is fine, but not too much. I’d prefer soft and squish to that sleeping on concrete feel. What about you?
Hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving if you celebrate and a great weekend. Have a great week!
Thanks for the $50 Clothing Giveaway entries!
Actually, I really like the name “Everything in Your Cupboard Bars”. I think you should have gone with that one.
Melting the butter and white chocolate in a double boiler will prevent scorching!
I completely agree but not everybody has a double boiler or knows how to makeshift one with a bowl on top of a kettle.
Hi, can you use melted marshmallow instead of marshmallow creme/fluff?
I’ve only made with the creme/fluff so can’t say for sure but probably will be fine.
Thanks Averie! I ended up googling it and came up with a ratio of 8-10 large marshmallows to 1tsp white corn syrup will make 1cup mallow creme melted over a double boiler.
Thanks Averie! I ended up googling it and came up with a ratio of 8-10 large marshmallows to 1tsp white corn syrup will make 1cup mallow creme melted over a double boiler. When I tried it I found it difficult to fully melt the marshmallows so I ended up adding more syrup for a total of approx 1 tbsp, then added the peanut butter and melted it all together till smooth. I let the mixture cool to slightly warmer than room temp and then used it as recipe directed. It didn’t look like a full cup like google findings had said but maybe very rough 1/2c? It seemed to work well in the recipe though as consistency/ thickness was perfect. My peanut/mallow layer looked thicker than your though. I’ve made many of your recipes in the last couple weeks to clear out my pantry and all but one have been a hit at work and with the family! These were chewy and good but I think I prefer blondies, magic cookie bars, classic peanut marshmallow bars though. I never use to find things too sweet but apparently things are changing… this could be good or bad?? Can’t wait to try more of your recipes out!
Sounds like you improvised as much as possible and this is one of those recipes that truly is amazing with the ingredients I have access to and wish you could try it that way but sounds like you pulled off something pretty wonderful!
I’m trying to use up everything in my cupboard right now so these are quite perfect! I only have a bag of marshmallows though. Can I use marshmallows instead of marshmallow cream? I never buy that stuff & don’t really want to start now. Is there a way to make my own?
You could probably melt the marshmallows over the stovetop or gently in the microwave, then stir in the PB and SCMilk. I haven’t tried it that way but it will probably be okay as long as you make sure to not overheat the marshmallows so you can stir in the PB and SCM.
LOL – everything in your cupboard would certainly be memorable for a title, thought not exactly as descriptive as pillow top!
I thought you may even remember these! It’s from 2011 and I know you’ve been reading since 2009! :) xoxox
Somehow I must have missed them!
These look absolutely incredible! I can’t wait to make them:)
thanks…keep me posted!
These bars look amazing!! I wonder how it would taste if the white chocolate chips were replaced with butterscotch chips! ahhh i might have to try it :))
These were awesome, a big hit, thank goodness because they are totally “worth my chew.”
Thank-you for the recipe!!
I love hearing feedback and so glad they were a big hit and awesome! :)
I’m definitely going to make this for a christmas eve party I’m going to. I like to make more indulgent desserts when I’m making something for a large group. Yum!
I just found your blog through Jane Deere’s Fusion Fridays and I’m glad I did! I’m definitely going to try this recipe one day. The bars have pretty much all of my favorite ingredients :).
hi and thanks for reading and hope you make them…they are one of my fave desserts ever!
Awesome job, these look amazing! You’re the dessert and brownie-like square queen! :-) I’m a fan of anything with dark chocolate and nut butter.
Thanks, Christine. You are so sweet :)
I love just about any dessert that includes sweetened condensed milk. These sound amazing and I love the name you ended up with!
Thanks, Lauren, and if you like sweetened cond milk, these would be a hit for you!
These look amazing… and simple enough for me to try with my students! I teach high school special ed and we are always looking for forgiving recipes to try with them.
My mom taught special ed for 30 years. My hat is off to you, my friend.
I have lots of no-bake desserts in my dessert recipes tab that may be even easier. These are really good but there are a few bowls and steps, not hard by any stretch, but I have other ones too. Whatever you make, you are amazing for cooking with your students :)
I need to remember to not come here when I’m hungry! lol Now I want one of each of those bars!
Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn. I bet the marshmallow/PB combo is perfect!! They look so smooth and creamy… my mouth is super watering over here!
I love the look of the chocolate chips scattered across the top. Nice contrast!
This look absolutely AMAZING!
Hi Averie. I am a DARK chocolate fan!!! Give me a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and I am in utter bliss. I’m actually making dark chocolate cookies today with dark chocolate chips. Yummy!
BTW, I do love how you create all your yummy desserts. That requires talent as baking is a science. Kudos to you!
Okay you had me with the first mention of white chocolate. Dark chocolate is not my thing, but man I can go to town on some white chocolate. Your bars are awesome! I never used to be a big bar fan, it was all about cookies and ooh, brownies! – which I guess are technically bar-shaped. But you have taken things to a whole other level!
I’m glad you like the looks of these :)
These look so delicious! The texture looks amazing.
Ooooooo MYYYYY G!!! Ok, dollface, you’re killing me over here!!!! I could eat these till the cows come home with no flour in them!!! These look amazing! Do you make all this stuff up off the top of your gorgeous noggin??? You need to make a book…and ebook and sell it!
Thanks for the compliments, sweetie! Yes, I make it all up. I start dreaming, looking over old recipes, pulling things out of the cabinets, and hoping for the best :) Thanks for the encouragement!
I love any recipe where you can just throw stuff in and it is successful. These look perfect!
Yes, liberal substitutions are fine…peanut butter chips for white chocolate chips, almond butter for peanut butter..that type of thing would be fine, I’m sure :)
Averie, this looks simply amazing! I love the pillowtopness (can we create that new word? :) ). My husband and I did have a pillowtop mattress and it wasn’t great. We recently got a new one from our warranty! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving & weekend!
It’s a great new word!
Your bars are always so gorgeous! I am baking today and these make me even more excited about it ;). Thank you- as always- for your amazing comments. They make me smile!
1. Are you a fan of white chocolate, dark chocolate, peanut butter, vanilla, marshmallows? What makes you say…ahhhh….What’s your current favorite dessert? I used to not like white chocolate at all. Now I really like it in certain desserts. Dark chocolate is my favorite (of the chocolates). Current favorite dessert? It it odd to say soy mistos/cafe au laits?
2. Ever tried a pillowtop topper for your mattress or have a mattress with a pillowtop that’s attached? We have one thats attached. Its ridiculous awesome
I’m in love! These sound so dreamy :)
these bars are absolutely beautiful! x
Oh my goodness – all of my favorite things rolled into one bar! Delish!
I bet you are by far the most popular mom when it comes to Skylar´s playdates, right??
As always, these bars look absolutely delicious!
Thanks, Michaela. Hope your trip to the States was great!
Are you a fan of white chocolate, dark chocolate, peanut butter, vanilla, marshmallows? <- Um, duh. YES!
You know what's funny is that those pumpkin peanut butter bars actually look healthy next to the rest of these desserts. :)
Gooey. That's my kind of dessert.
I know, right. Gotta love the comparisons. I wish wish wish you were here to try these. They are probably my newest fave dessert.
Your recipes are really building up in my favorite recipe bookmark tab, haha! And of course, here are a few more I’ll be adding…it’s a good thing cookie season is here!
LMK if you end up making anything!
I am amazed at how you can come up with the ideas for all of these delicious looking bars! I plan on making a few of your recipes in December!!!
Thanks and LMK if you make anything and thank you for ALL the amazing comments you’ve been leaving me all weekend. You are so sweet :)
YUM! I am going to try these with GF oats. What gorgeous pictures!
HOLY SMOKES! those look amazingly delicious. I love that you always give so many options for people with your recipes…lots of subsitutions and other things that people can add or subtract to make it fit their desires…although I will gladly take pretty much anything that comes out of your kitchen!
what make sme say ahh is peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookies! and blondie bars that are DOUGHY mmm
did I mention how amazing your cranberry sauce was? SUCH A HIT!
Oh I am glad the cranberry chutney was a hit. Makes me feel great!! :)
Thanks for noticing, too, that I give options and substitutions. I try. I never want someone to not make something of mine b/c they don’t have one little ingredient which could likely be omitted or subbed for something else anyway.
Mmmm! These look incredible! Thanks so much for the recipe, will be making soon!
LMK how they turn out if you make them!
And adorable guinea pig on your current post!
Thank youuuu! <3
I love the name of these! So creative. I could literally eat sweetened condensed milk by the spoonful.
“I could literally eat sweetened condensed milk by the spoonful.” <– then you HAVE to make these b/c the sweet cond milk taste is pretty prominent. You will be in heaven.
And thanks again for linking up my Butterfingers :)
I love these bars, and I see it’s a simple on pan recipe! :) My OMG, must have that makes me go Ahhh is Peanut Butter! Oh man, I love the stuff and I never used to, just this past year I fell in love with it. I make it weekly!!
Your funny, about Pillow topper question, I didn’t see that question coming. I use a Pillow Topper on my bed, and I love it! I love I can take it to the laundry mat and wash it! You can’t do that on a regular pillow top mattress.
you just started cooking w/ PB? You have a lifetime of catching up to do then :)
Oh wow, these look delicious, Averie! They look gooey and sweet and delicious! I think you did a great job coming up with the perfect name!
Thanks for the compliments and on the name, too. They really are pretty pillow-ey :)
Your notes say to make this GF to use a GF cake mix. I think you meant to use GF oats….
Whoops. Fixed. That’s what happens when I have too many ideas all in my head at once :)
yum! love the name pillowtop :)
These look amazing! I’m collecting recipes to make for my friends for the holidays, and these are perfect! :D
My current favourite dessert are Nanaimo bars – I just made some yesterday and ate my first Nanaimo bar ever. It was pure bliss!
that sounds delish!
On my way to Target in my PJ’s to get the ingredients…
Enjoy and please report back if you make them!
I love that they look so gooey on the inside!
wow. those look insaneeeeely delicious. can i just come be your neighbor and we can swap goodies all the time? hahaha seriously though, nice job!!
These look fantastic! I’m thinking I’m going to have to make them for my housewarming party in a few weeks!
Let me know how they turn out!
WOW just WOW! I think the amazing pics you take of food, make it even more drool worthy!
Thank you for the yoga mat feedback too! <3
Thanks sweetie and that mat is The.Best. I have it linked in this post. I cannot say enough amazing things about it!
Been around the world with me many times over…*thousands*, tens of thousands of hours, probably actually logged on it!
Seriously, I think you have absolutely OUTDONE yourself with these. They look beyond sinful!
Thank you. That was my goal :)
Oh my goodness, these look heaven sent! All my favorite things in one bar? Yes please!
One of the pics I had the word dreamy or heavenly on it..but took it off b/c I didnt want to sound too corny. LOL
Love the name of these!!
Thanks, Kath. Next up is I want to try one of your Oh! Bars. Recreate it at home!
I really need to try your granola bars. They always look so delish and I need healthy snacks to take to work.
They are really easy and a money$ saver, too :)
Oh. My. Goodness. I can’t wait to try these bars! Thank you for inventing them, I just know they will be divine.
i’m thinking the oats in these make them healthy. right?
yeah and I’m sure there’s “healthy fats” in them too :)
Those just look so ooey-gooey perfect. Just loving your photography my friend!! You even make me want to eat a donut ;-) We have a pillow top mattress. Pros/cons of course. The one thing is that you can’t flip it you can only rotate it. So it definitely seems to have sinking spots – if that makes sense. But it is comfy.
thanks for the photography compliments :)
I’m completely in love with peanut butter and white chocolate, when I was home over the weekend I couldn’t resist snagging a few Reeses peanut butter chips and white chocolate chips here and there… These look amazing! :)
Thanks, Emily. Glad you had a nice break.
I am a fan of all of the above ummm that’s my problem love sweets too much :) I have never bought a mattress topper but slept on my moms once it made a huge difference. I really want a Tempurpedic bed but do not want to fork over the cash, but heard they were worth it!
I have a Temperpedic pillow I use on airplanes. It’s fine but I wouldn’t want a whole mattress of it. Some people love them though.
Oh Averie, these look like heaven!!!! Those are all of my favorite flavors combined in one bar. These have moved up to #1 on my baking list! Question: what are your go to breakfasts? I am in a breakfast rut!!!
Coffee..breakfast of champions :)
Make these my friend. They are my new fave dessert and per our emails, I know you will love em too!
“Pillowtop” bars – I love it! Marshmallows, white choc, PB…I’m sold. I love that you and I have, like, identical tastes in sweet-treat flavors.
For some reason I think your tastes are “healthier” than mine…lol :) But then again, I know you love your treats too!
Ha, well, that’s true…although, rest assured, that’s out of [my waistline’s] necessity, not preference :P And I’m not immune to the occasional white-chocolate-chips-by-the-handful-interspersed-with-peanut-butter-by-the-spoonful-while-standing-in-front-of-the-sink-in-my-pajamas binges… =X
the name of this post totally makes me want to go to sleep hahaha i think thats the point. i do have a pillowtop and it makes ALL the differencein the world!
You would not want to sleep after one of these…you’d have plenty of energy :)
I love desserts with condensed milk. These pillowtop bars look so luscious!
Ok the flavor of it is pretty pronounced in these…make em if you love sweetened cond milk!
These look seriously divine!! I’m a big fan of dark chocolate right now, but I’ll eat any type without hesitation hah!
These sound (and look!) like little bites of heaven! I love that your recipes are so easy to make, but LOOK like you slaved over them. I’m gonna have to try these :D yes, I like sugar!
Thank you so much, Char. I really appreciate that feedback. THAT’S one of my goals! :)
I’m not a huge white chocolate fan, but there are so many other delicious things in here (can we say marshmallow creme!?) that I think I could handle these ;)
Of all the flavors, the sweetened cond milk and the fluff really shine through in these. You will like them…promise :)
Oh and that spending an hour thing that we talked about on email…yep. Doing it now!
Your desserts are divine. I have to try this recipe! Thanks!
Thanks and LMK how they go if you make them.