Thick and Chewy M&M Cookie Bars
These cookie bars are soft, chewy, and chock full of M&M’s!
If you’ve been reading for any length of time, you are probably aware of my love for cookies and bars that are thick and chewy. No thin and crispy cookies for our family – the thicker and chewier the better! These thick and chewy M&M cookie bars have the perfect texture – in face they just might be absolute perfection in bar cookie form. 🙂
These M&M bars are basically like chocolate chip cookie bars, but with M&M’s instead of chocolate chips. You could totally substitute chocolate chips for the M&M’s if that’s more your style, but I like the extra crunch and fun colors that the M&M’s provide.
This recipe is perfect for kids, or for pot lucks, or for pretty much anytime you want something sweet to eat. 🙂 I also like using holiday M&M’s to customize the cookies for different occasions. Easy and festive!
I love to make bar cookies because they are so quick and easy compared to regular cookies. You actually don’t even need a mixer for this recipe! Just use a bowl and wooden spoon to mix up the dough, spread in the pan, and bake! Plus these cookie bars almost turn out much softer and chewier than their regular cookie counterparts.
These cookies are nice and soft, and of course there are lots of M&M’s sprinkled throughout! I love that half the M&M’s are mixed into the batter, and half are pressed into the top to make sure these bars turn out nice and pretty.
I made these for some friends who stayed with us last weekend, and they were gone by the end of the weekend. (*Update: Since writing this post I’ve made these cookie bars countless times and they are always a huge hit!) These M&M cookie bars are definitely a treat you can’t turn down!
*Note: You could also replace with M&M’s with other types of candy. I want to try these with Reese’s Pieces – yum!! 🙂
Can’t get enough M&M recipes? Check out this Double Chocolate M&M Brownies recipe – soft, fudgy, and super easy to make! These Magic Cookie Bars and Cosmic Brownies are pretty amazing as well!
*Note: I baked mine in a 9×9 pan because it was what I had available. However, I do think a 9×13 pan works better. If you use a 9×13 pan (as written), yours will not be quite as thick.
Thick and Chewy M&M Cookie Bars
Yield: 1 9x13 pan
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 30 min
Total Time: 45 min
These cookies are soft, chewy, and chock full of M&M's!
- 2 1/8 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 12 Tbsp butter (1 1/2 sticks), melted and cooled slightly
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 large egg yolk
- 2 tsps vanilla extract
- 1 12oz bag M&M's, divided
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Adjust the oven rack to lower-middle position. Grease a 9x13 pan and set aside.
- In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda and set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk the melted butter and sugars until combined. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and mix well.
- Using a rubber spatula, fold the dry ingredients into the egg mixture until just combined; do not overmix.
- Fold in 1 cup of M&M's and turn the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top with the spatula. Sprinkle remaining M&M's on top and press in slightly.
- Bake 25-30 minutes, until the top of the bars is light golden brown, slightly firm to the touch, and edges start pulling away from sides of pan. Cool completely before cutting.
what what what! megan, i posted a m&m cookie recipe yesterday! mine were just peanut butter monster cookies but these bars. oh my heavens. I need these in my life right now. i cannot even believe how SOFT and thick they are. wow, my mind is racing because I want to leave work right now and make a huge batch of these suckers.
Oh how I need these in my life!!!
megan…every single bar cookie of yours i have ever tried has been unbelievable, and i’m sure these are no different! i must make them asap!!
Oh my… I need these now. My mouth is watering!!!! If I didn”t have to work I would be making these now!!!
Those look amazing! Love all the M&M’s!
They look so rich and chewy …yum!
These brownies look so fun! I think they would be fab for the Super Bowl!
These look so good and wouldn’t they be cute for Valentine’s Day with the pink & red M&M’S!
I’m pretty sure I would just eat the whole pan. I love this, Megan!
These look SOOOOO good! I love anything with M & M’s – they are so colorful and adults and kids seem to enjoy them equally. I like Erika’s idea too!
P.S. Congrats on your adoption plans – can’t wait to hear more about it!
I’ll take a bar over any other dessert any day! These look outstanding Miss 🙂
Oh, Megan! These look scrumptious! I like to sink my teeth into a thick cookie after a stressful day. Add a glass of wine, and you have dinner 😉
I love baked goods that have M&M’s in them! These would disappear in no time at my house!
Oh, my son adores M&Ms. I bet he’d love to whip up a batch of these with me. I’m thinking a weekend treat! Thanks for the inspiration!
I love how perfectly chewy these look!
I might try a browned butter version of these, because I’m sort of addicted to browned butter. 🙂
I have these in the oven right now for a potluck at work tomorrow! I am so excited! My co-workers were drooling at the pictures!!!! I’ll probably have to sneak one tonight!
I hope you liked them! Let me know how they turned out 🙂
Made these today…sounded good…no M and M’s on hand so used chocolate and white chocolate chips mixing up was different and they turned out awesome!!! My daughter and husband loved them! Thanks Megan!
I’m so glad you liked them! They sound great with chocolate and white chocolate chips 🙂
I just made these with mint M&Ms and I also added chopped white chocolate and ground flax. Omg so good!! Thanks for the recipe!
Sounds like a great variation – glad you liked them! 🙂
I absolutely love cookie bars! They are one of my favorite things to make because they are just too easy 🙂 These look so scrumptious!!! 😀
I’m trying these for Superbowl!!!
woohoo! these cookie bars were amazing! I made it last night and brough them to work to give to my coworkers! They all loved them! Great recipe!
So glad you liked them!! 🙂
Thank you for posting this recipe! These came out so good. I made them for a Super Bowl party last night and the entire plate went quickly. This was a really great recipe and one I’m going to keep on hand as a party staple. Thanks!
I love comments like these – so glad you liked them!! 🙂
Hi Megan! I just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful recipe. I made these for a superbowl party, and they were a big hit. I can’t wait to try your chocolate chip cookie dough dip! 🙂
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We made these last night and they were DELICIOUS! 🙂 Thanks so much for the recipe! We’ll definitely be having these again.
I am soo excited to make these, i am leaving my current job on Friday so i am making this as a farwell!!! Is the flour self raising???? 🙂 i am trying to translate the ingredients into UK ones as i will be making these at home in not so sunny England!
These look so yummy I have decided to make them straight away! Will let you know how they turn out. Thx for the recipe
I left them in slighty too long, but they still tasted great. The kids really loved them so this recipe is a keeper!
I merely stumbled across your post and was compelled to bake these. Let the record state I’ve never baked anything from scratch in my life. Nonetheless, these turned out beautifully, and they taste incredible! If I don’t inhale the entire pan tonight, it will be a miracle. Thank you for sharing your creativity!
I made these yesterday and they turned out SO delicious. I’m so thankful I brought most to share with a group, because it would’ve been dangerous to have the whole pan in the house with me. =) I’ll be posting them on my blog either next Thursday or the following Tuesday if you want to check ’em out!
I just tried these today. They are delicous!! I will be making them again. Thanks for the recipe!
Made these this afternoon. So good. Better than the M&M cookies. Thanks for posting.
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The kids and I just made these yesterday, following the recipe exactly (used a 9X13 glass dish and greased the pan with Crisco). My oven always bakes a little hot so I did them for 24 minutes. They came out PERFECTLY and the kids were crazy about them! I was glad to find this recipe as it is really easy and a good alternative to making cookies, which takes so much longer on the baking side. Thank you! They are ridiculous. Next time I will divide it — half M&Ms and half chocolate chips… I love the chocolate chips better and they kids like the candy as much for the taste as the color! Thank you!
Made these today for a graduation party. So easy and very good! WIll definately be making them again.
made these last night and they where DELISH! only thing that would have made them better was a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top 🙂
Made these today and they are amazing!!
I just made this and i followed the recipe exactly but mine turned into a watery mess. 🙁 I dont know what i did wrong!
I’m sorry it didn’t work out for you! Unfortunately, without being there with you, I have no idea what could have gone wrong. Hopefully it turns out better if you try it again! 🙂
My daughter and I just made these today for soccer practice. They got rave reviews – thanks!
So glad you liked them! 🙂
These were so good! I couldn’t wait for them to cool so I committed a sin and ate one….Oh. My. Gosh. Gooey, warm, caramel-y, MnM with a little bit of cookie… almost fudge-y… these are absolutely the BEST cookie bars ever. I like them better than normal cookies. (GASP!!!) God will you forgive me???
Hi. I made these today, I expected them to be almost brownie chewy texture ,like blondies, but mine were sort of a dry cake texture and I followed the recipe to a t. I eve only baked them for 20-25 mins so not to overtake? Should they be more cake or more brownie chewy like?
I made mine exactly as the recipe said but when I took it out the middle was clearly undercooked. I put it back in for 5 minutes and when I checked it again even more of it was the undercooked colour of the mix.
oooops! we only put 1-1/8 cups of flour…. :\
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Made these last night for neice and nephews…all I can say is omg…hot with ice cream, we almost fainted. We can’t stop talking about it. Added about a half cup of heath toffee crumbles to the mix. My daughter who doesn’t east cake or cookies, texted me and asked me to please put another piece up for her before everyone gobbled them down, lol. Thanks, this is now on our ‘list’ (of fav desserts)
I made these yesterday and they were SO good! :o) Thanks for the recipe.
I’m so glad you liked them! 🙂
Hey these look amazing! I’m hoping to make on valentines day for me and my bf (but do them in heart shapes!) but I just wanted to check is 12 tablespoons of butter correct? That seems like too much, unless it’s a different measurement in the US? Just wanted to check 🙂
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OMG these look Devine! I must make these! 🙂
These are literally the best things I have ever eaten in my life. Thank you.
Oh my Goodness! Let me just say Yum! Saw your post for m&m bars and reviews looked promising…. I ran to the store and bought a bag of M&Ms. These were sooo easy to make. Followed prep instructions exactly
And they were Perfect! Exactly what I was craving. I will make this often. Thank you for sharing. 9×13 glass lined with foil and sprayed worked like a charm too!
TY TY TY TY TY ❤️
These did not disappoint!!! Any idea how to go about adding Peanut Butter to these? Wonder if I could just add it in, or if I would need to decrease some other ingredient….
I’m only 10 and I wanted something simple but yummy to bake, this was perfect! I have now made this 5 times, so amazing!
These look like the most delicious cookies ever!
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I made these for my daughter in law’s birthday today – her name is Megan too, how apropos. 🙂 LOVE how those extra egg whites make the top crackle 🙂
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I made these and they are DELICIOUS! A huge hit at my son’s t-ball meeting. Thank you for the recipe-it’s definitely a keeper!
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how many does this recipe make?
It makes one 9×13 pan, so it just depends on how small or big you cut them. 🙂
Thank you for this recipe! I am deliver to have found it! I made these tonight to send in a Christmas package. The recipe is easy to follow, and fairly quick. The results are delicious, beautiful, and something I am proud to send!
If I use a 9×9 pan, how long would I bake it for?
My 3 year old son and I just made this! It’s absolutely delicious. Maybe just a touch too sweet but it’ll stop me from eating all of it (maybe.) Thank you for sharing this recipe!
I want to use a 9 x 9 pan. Do I bake them at 325 or 350? I’m using a non-stick pan.
How long do I bake them in a 9 x 9 pan?
Hi Sally gosh I sure can’t wait to make a mahoosive batch of these suckers myself tomorrow night with my bird. She prefers crunchy cookies I mean what an absolute tool am I right?! Shoutout to Els the spazzy baker xx
Ps vote for little mix tomorrow night at the brits babe
Yummy! They look so moist! It’s overflowing with goodness 🙂
Is this real life? Thank you so much for the recipe! I will definitely be trying these out today after my trip to the gym.
Hi! How long should I bake these in a 9×9 pan?
This recipe is DELICIOUS! I used M & M’s first time and now am making a batch with Ghiradelli milk choc chips. We loved with M&M’s and I know we will with choc chips. Thanks for a delicious recipe. Easier than making pans of cookies