Jun 28

Picnic Perfect Red, White & Blue Patriotic M&M’s Cookie Bars

Patriotic Cookie Bars -- cookie bars bake up so much easier and faster than actual cookies, making them the perfect last minute dessert solution. Stuffed with red, white and blue M&M’s, these are awesome for the 4th of July and beyond! | via @unsophisticook on unsophisticook.com

If you need an easy dessert idea for the upcoming 4th of July weekend, this is THE ONE! These cookie bars get a little patriotic treatment courtesy of a heavy dose of red, white & blue M&M's candies that I picked up at Walmart.

Now, I love a good cookie as much as the next person, but waiting for the butter to soften + chilling the dough + rolling and baking multiple trays = a lot of extra time that I can't always squeeze into my schedule. Which is why I often turn to cookie bars instead.

There's no creaming softened butter and sugar together in this cookie bar recipe. Instead, you melt the butter and sugar together in a saucepan -- so there's no last minute "oops, I forgot to take the butter out to soften. Now what?" moments. And you spread all of the batter in a single layer, waiting to cut into bars until it's baked and cooled. Little shortcuts that create BIG time savings!

Patriotic Cookie Bars -- cookie bars bake up so much easier and faster than actual cookies, making them the perfect last minute dessert solution. Stuffed with red, white and blue M&M’s, these are awesome for the 4th of July and beyond! | via @unsophisticook on unsophisticook.com

While my whole family agrees that M&M's (patriotic or not) really make these cookie bars. The crunchy chocolatey sweetness is a very satisfying pairing. However, we're a house divided when it comes to adding chocolate chips. My girls and I prefer them without -- it results in a chewier bar that contrasts well with the texture of the M&M's.

But my husband and boys love them with the chocolate chips. Hmm, maybe it's a gender thing??? Anyhow, the chips melt as you stir them in, thickening up the batter to create a crunchier, crispier cookie.

Patriotic Cookie Bars -- cookie bars bake up so much easier and faster than actual cookies, making them the perfect last minute dessert solution. Stuffed with red, white and blue M&M’s, these are awesome for the 4th of July and beyond! | via @unsophisticook on unsophisticook.com

I'll admit I do think they have a little more visual appeal with the chocolate chips -- I used them for the photos in this post. Try them both with and without and decide for yourself!

Patriotic M&M’s Cookie Bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 12 bars

Patriotic M&M’s Cookie Bars

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup M&M's candies, plus a few extra for topping
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the brown sugar until dissolved. Continue to cook about 1 minute longer, then set aside to cool for 10 minutes.
  3. While the mixture is cooling, grease an 8"x8" baking pan and line with parchment paper. Also at this time, sift the flour and salt together, and set aside.
  4. When the butter/sugar mixture has cooled, stir in the vanilla extract, egg and egg yolk. Stir in the flour mixture, just until blended. Fold in the chocolate chips (optional) and M&M's candies.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, spreading it evenly with a spatula. Top with a handful of extra M&M's as desired.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-28 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Allow the pan to cool for about five minutes. Then lift the whole bar out of the pan using the parchment paper and set it on a cooling rack. Let cool completely before cutting into squares.

http://unsophisticook.com/cookie-bars/

 
Patriotic Cookie Bars -- cookie bars bake up so much easier and faster than actual cookies, making them the perfect last minute dessert solution. Stuffed with red, white and blue M&M’s, these are awesome for the 4th of July and beyond! | via @unsophisticook on unsophisticook.com



If you're looking for more fun 4th of July recipes, be sure to check out my Pinterest collection. I'd love for you to follow me on Pinterest while you're there!

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Patriotic Cookie Bars -- cookie bars bake up so much easier and faster than actual cookies, making them the perfect last minute dessert solution. Stuffed with red, white and blue M&M’s, these are awesome for the 4th of July and beyond! | via @unsophisticook on unsophisticook.com

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