Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Recipe Time: M&M Cookie Bars

I got a craving for some cookies one afternoon and Jeremy just happened to be making a grocery store run, so I had him pick up a back of M&M's so I could whip up a batch of these delicious looking cookie bars. They didn't disappoint! They were soft, chewy and delicious! Just like most of the recipes I've shared with you lately, this one was also discovered on Pinterest. The original recipe can be found here at Fantastic Family Favorites.

M&M Cookie Bars



2 1/8 cups flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

12 TBSPs 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. Line a 9X13-inch baking pan with foil, letting the excess hang over the edges of the pan by about 1 inch so you can grab those edges and pull the bars from the pan after they have baked. Spray the foil-lined pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Mix the flour, salt, and baking soda together in medium bowl; set aside. Whisk the melted butter and sugars in a large bowl 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 over mix. 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. ( I didn't use the entire bad of M&M's. It seemed like too much. And I kind of wanted a few to just eat! ;  )

Bake until the top of the bars is light golden brown, slightly firm to the touch, and edges start pulling away from sides of pan, 24-28 minutes. Cool on a wire rack to room temperature. Remove the bars from the pan by lifting the foil overhang and transfer them to a cutting board. Cut into squares and serve.


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