Patriotic M&M’s Cookie Bars

I was wanting to make some cookie bars with M&M’s and since it’s so close to the 4th of July, I thought I might as well make them patriotic! So I used mini red, white, and blue M&M’s and some fun sprinkles, and theses Patriotic M&M’s Cookie Bars turned out so colorful and yummy! They are thick and chewy and very chocolatey, because they also have some mini semi-sweet chocolate chips mixed in. If that sounds like too much chocolate (is there such a thing?), you can always leave out the mini chocolate chips.

I found some fun red, white, and blue star-shaped sprinkles that I sprinkled on top of the cookie bars before baking, and I mixed in some of these star sprinkles, along with some regular red, white, and blue sprinkles, into the batter. So these cookies bars are colorful inside and out! 🙂

Patriotic M&M's Cookie Bars

  • Servings: 16-20
  • Difficulty: easy
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Makes a 9×13″ pan

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light or dark brown sugar, packed
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups plus 1 Tablespoon mini Red, White, & Blue M&M’s (plus the remaining mini’s from a 10.10-ounce bag, for sprinkling on top–about 1/4 cup)
1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup red, white, and blue sprinkles (plus 1/2 Tablespoon for sprinkling on top)

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Grease a 9×13″ pan or line with parchment paper; set aside.

In large bowl, cream butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy; then mix in the eggs and vanilla extract.

In a medium-size bowl, blend flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt.

Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in the large bowl and mix everything together until combined. Fold in the mini M&M’s, mini chocolate chips, and sprinkles, stirring until evenly incorporated in batter.

Spread cookie dough evenly in prepared 9×13″ pan. Sprinkle extra 1/4 cup of mini M&M’s and 1/2 Tablespoon of sprinkles on top.

Bake at 350˚F for 30 to 35 minutes, until edges are lightly golden. Let cool completely, then cut into squares.

Recipe from NancyC |

Believe me, these are dense and rich cookie bars, so one or two of these cookie bars will definitely satisfy both your sweet tooth and chocolate craving! They’re such a fun patriotic desert! Are you planning on making any special red, white, and blue goodies?

Sharing at Thursday Favorite Things, Full Plate Thursday, Tasty Tuesdays, Wonderful Wednesday, Inspire Me Monday, Hearth & Soul, Silver Pennies Sundays, Fiesta Friday, Weekend Potluck, Meal Plan Monday.

12 thoughts on “Patriotic M&M’s Cookie Bars

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  2. April J Harris (@apriljharris)

    Hi Nancy, I still love these squares, especially how versatile they are! Thank you for sharing, and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party. I’m featuring your post at the party this week. Hope to ‘see’ you there. Take care and have a lovely week!



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