I actually made these a few days ago as a surprise for Fritz and they are long, long gone. Fritz inhaled them in matter of 48 hours, tops.
Good surprise, then.
He likes to have snacks for study time, and if you know Fritz, then you know peanut M&Ms are his kryptonite. He can’t resist them. For Christmas last year, Mom and Dad filled his stocking with peanut M&M paraphernalia as a joke and he was probably the happiest I have ever seen him. In fact, he’s probably eating peanut M&Ms right now, wrapped in his yellow M&M blanket and wearing his new peanutty PJs (a recent gift from dad).
I really loved the cookie base of these bars, but I’m not a huge fan of peanut M&Ms, so I was just an edge nibbler of these guys–actually a good thing, since I’m still recovering from the holidays sweet shock.
Peanut M&M Cookie Bars (adapted from Cate’s World Kitchen)
- 2 1/2 C all-purpose flour (I actually used half whole-wheat and half all-purpose)
- 1/2 t salt
- 1/2 t baking soda
- 12 T unsalted butter, melted (1 1/2 sticks)
- 1 C brown sugar
- 1/2 C white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 T vanilla extract
- 1 1/2-2 C peanut M&Ms
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a 9″ x 13″ baking pan with foil, and lightly grease it.
I did this recipe the easy way–combine the dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking soda, brown sugar, and white sugar).
Add the wet ingredients (eggs, butter, and vanilla extract).
Mix in the peanut M&Ms.
Super quick–and it just gets easier, since we are making bars instead of cookies.
Spread the cookie dough into a thin layer on the bottom of the pan–it’s okay if it’s thinner than you thought it should be at first. If it’s really thin, then you probably ate too much dough and should use a smaller pan.
It happens to the best of us.
Bake on the middle rack for 20-25 minutes until the top is a nice golden brown and the cookies are set. Let them cool before cutting so they can firm up.
Slice ’em and go for it!
My favorite part about these cookies was how chewy and thick they were.
Fritz’s favorite part was…well, everything.
It’s that M&M thing I told you about.
Henry has been feasting on a snack of another kind–my new baby spider plant that my sister gave me for Christmas. It’s a baby that has been passed down from my grandmother’s original plant, and it stresses me out a great deal that Henry keeps chewing on the leaves and uprooting it from the pot.
What to do? Any suggestions?
Also–I ran three and a half miles today! My furthest run ever! And I feel pretty good–the best part was at the end I could have gone further. I chose to stop running. And that is a pretty good feeling coming from a previous running-hater like myself.