Tuesday, April 12, 2011

M&M Sugar Cookie Bars

Remember when I made my first original cookie recipe for perfect party cookies? Well, since then I've been dying to try my hand at another original cookie recipe. I figured why not, the first time was a success! And as you can tell I have an affinity for colorful cookies, so naturally my second original cookie recipe would involve M&Ms!

I have to tell you, these cookies had me worried! I made the dough, threw them in the oven, and kept checking on them. Checked at 12 minutes, raw. 15 minutes, raw. 18 minutes, slightly raw. 20 minutes, still buttery/wet in the center. At this point I got annoyed! I mean c'mon- who wants to waste perfectly good M&Ms! So I walked away, came back in 5 minutes, and voila- perfect. Lesson learned- a watched pot never boils... or, better yet... a watched cookie never sets.

These were quite sweet. They had a nice buttery taste, the vanilla came through nicely, and the M&Ms offered some contrast. The key to the M&Ms is putting them on once the cookies are partially cooked or they will sink to the bottom which defeats the purpose of pretty cookies.

A note of caution- I used a small baking dish, about 8 by 5. It's not a standard size. If you use a larger dish they will be thinner and of course bake quicker. If you don't have a smaller dish maybe just double the recipe, or just adjust the bake time! 

Source: Stephanie Cooks Original

1 stick butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
3/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1.5 cups flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder

1- Preheat the oven to 350.
2- Melt the butter in a large mixing bowl. Stir in the sugar.
3- Once it's slightly cooled (about 3 minutes) beat in the egg and vanilla.
4- In a separate bowl combine the flour and baking powder. Stir this into the wet mixture.
5- Pour into a greased 8x5 baking dish (or similar size). Bake for approximately 15 minutes.
6- Pull out of the oven and top with M&Ms, gently pressing them into the dough.
7- Return to the oven and bake for an additional 10-12 minutes, or until the top is set and the cookies don't wiggle when you shake the pan. They should still be white with barely golden edges.
8- Cool completely in the pan before slicing. Yields 8 cookie bars.


  1. Oh this is not nice! M&M cookies are my all time favorite and I'm almost in my 8th month of pregnancY! I'm gonna have to make these! YUM!

  2. My coworker would love these. She's a fan of the M&M Sugar Cookies that they sell in our coffee shop.

  3. These are awesome! I love M&M's, they're perfect for cookies, they look great!

  4. okay, I want to try those NOW.....what fun cookie bars. Thanks for sharing!

  5. these look so chewy and perfect!!

  6. Im gonna try these this week!!! Ill repost on my blog also!

  7. i made these tonight they took 4EVER to bake. i was worried theyd be too sweet cuz u said they were "really sweet" but they are perfect. thanks for the recipe. I even blogged about it anickh.blogspot.com