November 10, 2015

M & M Cookie Bars

Halloween candy was half-price at Kroger the day after Halloween, and I couldn't resist buying a bag of mini packs of 
M & M's.  I really like M & M's, and I really, really like the peanut butter ones.

This bag of M & M candy was my inspiration for these candy-filled, buttery cookie bars.  But by the time I got around to making them, there were only six mini bags left :(  Yes, the two of us had eaten most of them before I got around to making the cookie bars.

Luckily, I had a large bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips in the pantry!

Making cookie bars is easier to make than individual cookies for obvious reasons.   You spread the batter in a cake pan, place in right into the oven, and you've got yourself a dozen cookie bars.

These are definitely best right out of the oven while the chocolate is still warm, gooey, oozey, and if you get so lucky to have a bite of a peanut M & M, well, that's just decadent.

If you want to make these sweet concoctions, please do the following:

M & M Cookie Bars

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 cup of butter - room temperature
2 eggs - room temperature
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chip cookies
And as many varieties and amounts of M & M's as your heart desires

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  Set aside.  Whip together butter and sugars.  Add eggs and vanilla.  Whip  a bit more.  Add in dry ingredients one-third at a time and mix on lower speed of mixer until all ingredients are just blended together.

Line a brownie pan with parchment paper and spread cookie bar batter on top of paper.  Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 to 25 minutes or until desired doneness.  I like mine more chewy than crunchy.

Serve to family and friends.


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