Thick, chewy, big-batch M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies Bars are simple to make, fun to share, easy to customize with different colored M&Ms, and always a huge hit!
Well, I had grand plans to make y’all a berry slab pie decorated like an American flag just in time for Independence Day. Alas, two attempts and several pounds of berries later, my recipe turned out to be a flop…delicious yet falling apart. Le sigh.
So since I wanted to share a little red, white, & blue with you before the 4th — and since berry slab pie was clearly not in the cards this year — I decided to go with an old standby, tried-and-true favorite that I knew wouldn’t flop…M&M Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars!
This recipe makes a huge sheet pan with very little effort required. The resulting thick, dense, chewy bars are guaranteed to disappear in a flash wherever you take them…because, let’s face it, who doesn’t love a hybrid of a chocolate chip cookie? And as a bonus, the colorful M&Ms make it possible to customize this dessert to any holiday, from red, white, & blue for the Fourth of July…to red & green for Christmas…to red, pink & white for Valentine’s Day. If M&Ms are being marketed for a holiday, by golly, these bars will be ready for your celebration!
Of course, M&M Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are great any time of year, for any occasion, using regular ol’ multi-colored M&Ms. Or leave out the M&Ms altogether and swap in peanut butter chips or butterscotch chips or additional semisweet chocolate chips instead. It’s hard to go wrong when you start with a classic!
This is one of my favorite recipes to fall back on when I want to make a big batch of thank-you-treats for teachers or local fire fighters, way-to-go-treats for my kids’ sports teams, or just-because-treats for neighbors or friends. Spreading the cookie dough in a pan is way faster than baking sheet after sheet of individual chocolate chip cookies. In that respect, this recipe is reminiscent of my One-Bowl, Big-Batch Monster Cookie Bars except without any peanut butter, which makes these treats easier to share without worrying about potential nut allergies.
So if you need a last-minute, festive, patriotic treat to take to an upcoming July 4th shindig, these M&M Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are the way to go! They’re a cinch to make and they’ll disappear in a flash. And hopefully they’ll tide over any of your red-white-and-blue dessert needs until next summer, when I promise to perfect that American flag berry slab pie… 😉
Adapted from Baking Illustrated (*affiliate link)
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