Thanks to a recent hankering for a sweet temptation in the form of these M&M cookie bars, I made a batch of this deliciousness that disappeared all too quickly. What is it about putting M&M’s into a cookie bar that makes them just so much more special? I mean, you are really just replacing the chocolate chips from a blondie type cookie bar with candy coated chocolate pieces. Is the mysterious candy coating the game-changer? Like, what is it? What is it really made of? Or is it the childhood nostalgia brought about by those little candy gems? Either way, these are super easy, super special and super satisfying for my sweet tooth. They are soft and chewy and irresistible. I love how you mix half of the M&M’s into the batter and sprinkle the other half on top so they turn out pretty and colorful! I actually ended up not quite using the full bag of candies thinking it would be too much, but it would totally be fine to go ahead and dump the entire bag into the bars.
- 2 1/8 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 12 Tbsp butter (1 1/2 sticks), melted and cooled slightly
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 large egg yolk
- 2 tsps vanilla extract
- 1 12oz bag M&M's, divided
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Adjust the oven rack to lower-middle position. Grease a 9x13 pan and set aside.
In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda and set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk the melted butter and sugars until combined. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and mix well. Using a rubber spatula, fold the dry ingredients into the egg mixture until just combined; do not overmix. Fold in 1 cup of M&M's and turn the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top with the spatula. Sprinkle remaining M&M's on top and press in slightly.
Bake 25-30 minutes, until the top of the bars is light golden brown, slightly firm to the touch, and edges start pulling away from sides of pan. Cool completely before cutting.
Tip: to make these even thicker, use a 9x9 pan instead.
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