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One-Bowl Easter M&M’s Cookie Bars

By Rachel
March 18, 2024

These One-Bowl Easter M&M’s Cookie Bars are rich, fudgy, and festive. Not only are these bars made in one bowl but they do not require a mixer or chill time! Loaded with pastel M&M’s and decadent chocolate chips. These cookie bars can be made with any type of chocolate candy – add pastel sprinkles for more festive fun! Bake, slice, and share with your family and friends these are great for parties or gatherings as well!

One-Bowl Easter M&M's Cookie Bars

Highlights of these holiday cookie bars:

  • Chewy texture
  • Studded with chocolate chips and M&M candies
  • Center stays gooey while outsides get slightly crisp
  • Family friendly
  • Great for crowds or parties
  • Add fun pastel Easter sprinkles or candies
  • Simple ingredients
  • Right amount of sweetness
  • Uses melted butter not softened butter, so mixing is easier
  • Can easily be made and served in the same pan
  • Stay fresh for 2-3 days so these can be made ahead

Chewy cookie bars loaded with semi-sweet chocolate chips and pastel blend M&Ms!

Tips for successful cookie bars:

  • Don’t overmix ingredients, only mix until incorporated.
  • Grease AND line your baking pan. I like to grease the bottom and corners really well and over line with a piece of parchment paper so I can easily lift out my bars.
  • Allow bars to cool completely, this helps so they don’t fall apart! Let them cool if you want nice even bars.

Tools I used for this easy recipe:

  • USA Pan 9×13 inch Baking Pan – another USA Pan product I love! The corners of my bars and cakes never stick and I love the squared of edges this pan creates.
  • Rubber Spatula – a must for any home baker! Perfect for scrapping cookie dough out of the mixing bowl.
  • Pyrex Mixing Bowl Set – I love this set of nesting bowls, perfect for home baking!
One-Bowl Easter M&M's Cookie Bars

These bars are rich and fudgy loaded with gooey chocolate and crispy M&Ms!

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Grocery List & Substitutions:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Unsalted butter, melted
  • Granulated white sugar
  • Light brown sugar
  • Large eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips, could substitute white or milk chocolate chips
  • Pastel blend M&M’s
  • Easter Sprinkles, optional

Quick Steps:

  • Combine sugars, eggs, vanilla, and melted butter
  • Whisk well to combine
  • Add in dry ingredients
  • Mix again to combine
  • Fold in chocolate chips and M&M’s
  • Transfer into a greased and lined baking dish

Variations & Serving Ideas:

  • Serve warm with ice cream
  • Make into ice cream sandwiches
  • Use a mix of chocolate chips or use mini chips
  • Substitute chocolate chunks or chopped chocolate bar
  • Use any color of M&M or other chocolate candies
  • Top with sprinkles or sea salt if desired
  • Serve as a skillet cookie
One-Bowl Easter M&M's Cookie Bars

Instructions One-Bowl Easter M&M’s Cookie Bars:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease or line a 9×13″ baking pan, set aside. In a small mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt, stir to combine and set aside.
  • In a large bowl combine melted butter, sugars, eggs, and vanilla. Whisk well to combine.
  • Add in the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Fold in the M&M’s and chocolate chips, transfer into the prepared baking pan. If desired, top with extra M&M’s and chocolate chips.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove form the oven and let cool on a wire rack, top with sprinkles and allow to cool completely before cutting.

Notes:

*Set aside M&M’s to press on top of unbaked bars if desired.

*Set aside a handful of chocolate chips to sprinkle on top

*Bars will be fudgy, allow to cool completely before slicing for best results. 

One-Bowl Easter M&M's Cookie Bars
One-Bowl Easter M&M's Cookie Bars

One-Bowl Easter M&M’s Cookie Bars

5 from 4 votes
Soft & chewy cookie bars loaded with chocolate chips and M&M's candies.
Servings 24 Servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Equipment

  • 9×13" Pan

Ingredients
 
 

  • 2 1/2 cups All-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup Light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup Granulated white sugar
  • 2 Eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla extract
  • 10 oz. Semi-sweet chocolate chips*
  • 10 oz. Pastel blend M&M's*
  • Sprinkles, optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease or line a 9×13" baking pan, set aside. In a small mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt, stir to combine and set aside.
  • In a large bowl combine melted butter, sugars, eggs, and vanilla. Whisk well to combine.
  • Add in the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Fold in the M&M's and chocolate chips, transfer into the prepared baking pan. If desired, top with extra M&M's and chocolate chips.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove form the oven and let cool on a wire rack, top with sprinkles and allow to cool completely before cutting.

Notes

*Set aside M&M’s to press on top of unbaked bars if desired.
*Set aside a handful of chocolate chips to sprinkle on top
*Bars will be fudgy, allow to cool completely before slicing for best results. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1barCalories: 461kcalCarbohydrates: 63gProtein: 7gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 234mgPotassium: 154mgFiber: 2gSugar: 46gVitamin A: 310IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 71mgIron: 2mg
Author: The Hearty Life
Calories: 461kcal
Cost: $$
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Blondies, Chocolate, Cookie Bars, Easter Dessert, Holiday Treats, M&Ms

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