What are Cookie Bars?
Happy (almost) spring everyone! With spring comes Easter and I love all things Easter! All of the beautiful, bright colors, the themed food, and of course, let’s not forget, the delicious desserts such as these Easter Cookie Bars! I took my classic cookie recipe that I’ve tried and tested so many ways and just turned it into cookie bars this time and oh my goodness ya’ll, my world has been changed. So what are cookie bars? Well, they’re everything a delicious cookie should be – except better!
Many of you have tried my cookie recipe and given me such wonderful feedback on them so I had to try my basic cookie recipe out on these Easter Cookie Bars and it did not disappoint! This recipe would also be a great one to get your kiddos to help you make – I love getting Little’s into the kitchen to help cook! Did I mention that this is a one-bowl recipe? Yep, that makes it even better!
How to Make M&M Cookie Bars
Let’s push up our sleeves, wash our hands, grab the kiddos, and get to work. These Easter Cookie Bars are so quick to prep and cook, you’ll be done in no time! First off, I recommend preheating your oven to 375F before getting the dough ready. Preheating your oven just makes the baking process go so much faster. I started out with one and one half sticks of unsalted butter in a large mixing bowl. Place the bowl with the butter into the microwave and heat this for about one minute or just until the butter is melted. Once your butter is melted, add in 3.4 ounces of Instant Vanilla Pudding mix and two eggs.
Cookie Bars with Pudding Mix
Once the eggs have been added to the other ingredients, add in one teaspoon of vanilla extract and one teaspoon of baking soda. Pour in one fourth of a cup of white, granulated sugar and three fourths of a cup of brown sugar. You can use light or dark brown sugar, both work great. Here I’m using light brown sugar.
Easter Cookie Bars
Stir all of your ingredients together until no lumps or clumps remain. Once everything is sufficiently blended, add in two cups of self rising flour.
Cookie Bar Dough from Scratch
Carefully stir the flour into the wet ingredients – don’t get too excited about this part or the flour will puff up like a cloud and cover everything! Stir and fold the flour into the wet ingredients until there are no pockets of flour remaining and no lumps. Your Easter Cookie Bar dough will be pretty thick – that’s good!
Cookie Bars with M&Ms
Now that your cookie dough is ready to go, grab an 11.4 ounce bag of pastel colored M&M’s. Time to tear into those M&M’s and pour the entire bag into the bowl of your cookie bar dough. You may have to eat a few as you’re pouring in, ya know, just to check for quality. Just a little shopping tip: these pastel colored, Easter M&Ms can be found down the Easter candy aisle in most grocery stores. Once you have the M&M’s added to your cookie dough, gently fold them all into the dough with your hands or your spatula. Be careful to make sure the M&M’s are evenly dispersed throughout the dough; otherwise you’ll end up with a lot of M&Ms in some parts and no M&Ms in others.
Cookie Bars in an 8×8 Pan
Spray a 9×8 or 8×8 casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray and evenly spread the dough for your Easter Cookie Bars into the pan. I feel like I need to add that no, my casserole dish isn’t dirty. Those brown spots are stains and the signs of a very old, used, and well loved pan.
Easy M&M Easter Cookie Bars
Place the dish into the oven and bake at 375F for twenty five minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. The toothpick may have some crumbs on it but should not have any wet batter on it.
How to Cut Cookie Bars
Once you remove the Easter Cookie Bars from the oven, immediately place them on a cooling rack and allow to cool completely before slicing into bars. If you cut them while they’re hot they will crumble and you want them to stay in one piece. When the Cookie Bars have cooled completely, cut them into nine bars.
Can Cookie Bars be Frozen?
Now that your Easter Cookie Bars are cooled and sliced, grab one or two with a cup of cold milk and enjoy some with a friend! You probably won’t have any leftover, but in the unlikely event that you do, these Cookie Bars can be frozen. Wrap them individually in plastic wrap, then place in a freezer safe ziploc bag and label the bag with the name of the contents and the date they were made. These Cookie Bars will be good in the freezer for up to three months! Just place out at room temperature or in the fridge to thaw. I hope you have enjoyed stepping into my kitchen and making this recipe with me today! If you try these Cookie Bars, please leave me a comment and rate the recipe. I always enjoy hearing from you! Happy Easter to you and Happy Spring!
Easter Cookie Bars
M&M Cookie Bars, perfect for a fast and easy Easter dessert!
- 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter melted
- 3.4 oz instant vanilla pudding mix
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup granulated white sugar
- 3/4 cups light brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups self rising flours
- 11.4 oz Easter themed M&M's
Preheat oven to 375F and spray a 9x8 casserole pan with nonstick cooking spray.
Place first 7 ingredients into a large mixing bowl and stir well with a spatula until all ingredients are well combined and no lumps remain.
Carefully stir in the flour until well combined and no pockets of dry flour remain.
Once the dough is well mixed, fold in the M&M's with your hands or a spatula. Ensure that the M&M's are evenly dispersed throughout the dough.
Pour the dough into the casserole pan and spread out evenly.
Bake the cookie dough bars for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Immediately remove the cookie bars from the oven and place on a cooling rack until cooled.
Once cooled, slice the the cookie bars into 9 bars and serve.
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