Friday, February 22, 2013

Thick and Chewy M&M Cookie Bars

I am guilty of being suckered in by the holiday clearance section. I just can't resist a good deal, especially on chocolate! Since I would be tempted having an entire bag of delicious peanut butter m&m's in the house I made these thick, chewy yet not dense m&m bars. The original recipe called for plain m&m's but the peanut butter ones made them even better in my opinion, but use whichever flavor you prefer. I tried to cut them into smaller pieces to share with my book club but you can make larger pieces like they do in bakeries. These definitely did not last too long, the peanut butter is addicting!
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Thick and Chewy M&M Cookie Bars
Yields: 28
Source: What Megan's Making

2 1/8 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
8 Tbsp butter (1 stick), melted and cooled slightly
4 Tbsp applesauce (substituted for additional butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
2 tsps vanilla extract
12oz bag M&M's, divided

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Adjust the oven rack to lower-middle position. Line a 9x13 pan with foil and spray with PAM for easy removal; 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, applesauce 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.

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