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Cookie Bars

These Cookie Bars are filled with chocolate chips and M&M candy to make a delicious dessert that is quick and easy to make! 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword bar cookies, easy cookie recipe, cookie bar recipe, Christmas cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 24 cookie bars
Author Jeannie Z

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups M&M candy, divided

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease sides and bottom of 13 x 9 pan with butter.

  2. In a large bowl, cream the softened butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time and then add in the vanilla.

  3. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a medium sized bowl. Slowly add to the creamed mixture.

  4. Mix in chocolate chips and 1 cup of the M&M's until just combined. Do not over mix cookie dough.
  5. Spoon the cookie dough into your 13 x 9 baking pan. Spread the batter evenly in the pan.

  6. Sprinkle the remaining M&M's over the top. 
  7. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.

  8. Cool completely. Cut into bars.

Recipe Notes

  • Grease the sides and bottom of your pan with butter.  This helps the cookies from sticking to the pan.
  • Use butter to grease the back of your spoon or spatula that you will be using to spread out the cookie dough.  This will keep the cookie dough from sticking to your kitchen tool while spreading it out evenly in the pan.

Tip for how to measure brown sugar:

Scoop the brown sugar into your measuring cup and pack it down with the back of a spoon until the sugar is flush with the top of the measuring cup. The reason for packing it down is so that there are no air gaps in the measurement of the brown sugar.  Measuring ingredients correctly is important for the finished product to come out looking and tasting delicious!

Recipe makes 24 cookie bars.

Adapted from Taste of Home