M&M Cookie Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

M&M Cookie Bars

March 10, 2013Teresa

M&M Cookie Bars are sensational. I love cookies, brownies, bars, any kind of confection. I think I enjoy baking cookies and brownies almost as much as I enjoy eating any kind of home baked goodies. I love the thrill of trying new recipes and when they turn out exceptionally well, that is its own reward.

I also love baking with chocolate — be they chocolate chips, chocolate bars, chocolate candies or, as in this case, chocolatey M&Ms. M&M Cookie Bars are made with two of my favorite ingredients – M&Ms and chocolate! M&Ms taste amazing in brownies and bars as this recipe will attest to.

I was looking on the Internet last week trying to find ways to use up some of my leftover M&Ms from Christmas baking and came across this recipe. I decided to give it a try and I am so glad I did. It’s a delicious, chewy blondie-type recipe with M&Ms spread over the top.

As recipes go, this one is pretty easy and it looks lovely too! If you’re an M&M lover you will love digging your teeth into one of these amazing cookie bars. I am grateful to Christine at Fantastic Family Favorites for posting this exceptional recipe. Her source was Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.

This recipe is great for holiday treats, but M&Ms are available in stores year round so you can make these scrumptious M&M Cookie Bars any time of the year and for any occasion! Baby or bridal showers, brunches, soccer games or practice, office parties, school parties, or just for your family and friends. Your kids will love these tasty treats. Why not put this great recipe on your list for those recipes you want to try soon? You won’t be sorry.

When I initially posted this recipe in March 2013 it was before I started using my Canon camera so my pictures were of such poor quality. I began remaking all my first year blog recipes and retaking the pictures so they would be more eye appealing as well as clear. I recently remade this recipe (September 2015) for a potluck at our church and these incredibly delectable bars went so-o-o-o-fast.

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M&M Cookie Bars are rich, decadent, chewy, and sumptuous!

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Eat bite is loaded with chocolatey M&Ms.

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If you love M&Ms you will love these amazing cookie bars. Prepare yourself for a feast.

Here’s what I did.

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I used these ingredients.

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Melt butter. Add brown sugar, granulated sugar, egg, egg yolk, baking soda, salt and vanilla.

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Whisk ingredients together.

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Add UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour. Bleached flour toughens any type of baked goods. Add 1 cup M&Ms to batter.

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Stir ingredients with a wooden spoon. Mixing with a mixer will toughen baked goods.

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Spray 9×13″ baking pan with cooking spray. Press cookie dough into pan. Sprinkle remaining cup of M&Ms on top of cookie dough and press M&Ms down slightly with hand. 

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Bake M&M Cookie Bars at 350 for 24-28 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Keep an eye on them after 20 minutes.

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M&M Cookie Bars are a great snack to take along for picnics, potlucks, or baseball practice!

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These bars are pretty easy to make up, too. You can have a batch of these delicious goodies whipped up in no time. Have a plate of M&M Cookie Bars with a tall glass of milk. They will satisfy any sweet tooth!

Here’s the recipe.

M&M  COOKIE BARS

(Recipe adapted from Fantastic Family Favorites based on a recipe from Mel’s Kitchen Café)

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M&M Cookie Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 28 minutes
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 28 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
M&M Cookie Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325°.
  2. Adjust the oven rack to lower-middle position.
  3. Spray a 9x13” baking pan or dish with cooking spray.
  4. Whisk the melted butter, sugars, egg, egg yolk, vanilla, salt and baking soda in a mixing bowl and mix well.
  5. Add flour and 1 cup of M&M's and stir with wooden spoon just until combined.
  6. Don’t beat. Overmixing the flour will toughen the brownies.
  7. Pour batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top with a rubber spatula if necessary.
  8. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup M&M's on top and press in slightly.
  9. Bake until the bars are lightly golden, slightly firm to the touch, and the edges start pulling away from the sides of the pan, approximately 24-28 minutes.
  10. Cool on a wire rack to room temperature.
  11. Cut into bars and serve.
Recipe Notes
Recipe adapted from Fantastic Family Favorites; recipe source: adapted from Mel's Kitchen Cafe.
© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

 

[b]M&M Cookie Bars[/b]
 
Recipe Type: Cookies, Brownies and Bars
Cuisine: American
Author: Teresa Ambra adapted from [url href=”http://fantasticfamilyfavorites.blogspot.com/2011/06/thick-and-chewy-m-cookie-bars.html” target=”_blank” title=”chewy M&M cookie bars”]Fantastic Family Favorites[/url]; source: adapted from [url href=”http://www.melskitchencafe.com/thick-and-chewy-chocolate-chip-bars/” target=”_blank” title=”thick and chewy chocolate chip bars”]Mel’s Kitchen Cafe[/url]
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 24
Fabulous M&M cookies made into brownie form. Rich, chocolaty, satisfying to any sweet tooth!
Ingredients
  • 2 1/8 cups UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour (bleached flour toughens baked goods)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 12-oz. bag M&M’s, divided
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325°.
  2. Adjust the oven rack to lower-middle position.
  3. Spray a 9×13” baking pan or dish with cooking spray.
  4. Whisk the melted butter, sugars, egg, egg yolk, vanilla, salt and baking soda in a mixing bowl and mix well.
  5. Add flour and 1 cup of M&M’s and stir with wooden spoon just until combined.
  6. Don’t beat. Overmixing the flour will toughen the brownies.
  7. Pour batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top with a rubber spatula if necessary.
  8. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup M&M’s on top and press in slightly.
  9. Bake until the bars are lightly golden, slightly firm to the touch, and the edges start pulling away from the sides of the pan, approximately 24-28 minutes.
  10. Cool on a wire rack to room temperature.
  11. Cut into bars and serve.
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M&M Cookie Bars are delectable. Why don’t you try one?

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Don’t these look spectacular? I’m ready for one right now.

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Oreo M&M Brownies

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M&M Gooey Butter Cake Bars

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Peanut Butter Fudgy M&M Bars

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Print Recipe
M&M Cookie Bars BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list Yum
Fabulous M&M cookies made into brownie form. Rich, chocolaty, satisfying to any sweet tooth!
M&M Cookie Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 28 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 28 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
M&M Cookie Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325°.
  2. Adjust the oven rack to lower-middle position.
  3. Spray a 9x13” baking pan or dish with cooking spray.
  4. Whisk the melted butter, sugars, egg, egg yolk, vanilla, salt and baking soda in a mixing bowl and mix well.
  5. Add flour and 1 cup of M&M's and stir with wooden spoon just until combined.
  6. Don’t beat. Overmixing the flour will toughen the brownies.
  7. Pour batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top with a rubber spatula if necessary.
  8. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup M&M's on top and press in slightly.
  9. Bake until the bars are lightly golden, slightly firm to the touch, and the edges start pulling away from the sides of the pan, approximately 24-28 minutes.
  10. Cool on a wire rack to room temperature.
  11. Cut into bars and serve.
Recipe Notes
Recipe adapted from Fantastic Family Favorites; recipe source: adapted from Mel's Kitchen Cafe.
© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

6 Comments

  • Ann

    July 2, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Thanks and hope you have a very safe and blessed 4th!
    I shared with our neighbors (which are diabetic and their grandchildren are also watching their sugar intake). I thought it would be best for them! I also enjoy cooking with coconut sugar. Thanks for your super great recipes and ideas on recipes!

    1. Teresa

      July 3, 2017 at 8:16 am

      🙂

  • Ann

    July 1, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    These bars were delicious; with great instructions. I love how you add source of recipe; remembering family, friends, or associates. What a great tribute! I used coconut sugar for the brown sugar and they turned out excellent!

    1. Teresa

      July 1, 2017 at 12:18 pm

      Hi, Ann. Thanks so much for stopping by and letting me know how much you enjoyed the bars. I like substituting coconut sugar a lot too, especially for recipes that are already going to be dark (with cocoa). Have a great Fourth of July weekend.

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