Summertime has come to our home and these colorful fun cookie bars would sure add smiles to my kiddos faces. We've got a busy summer ahead, as we move homes/towns and change schools (never really fun) but here we go! Cookies to cheer us up I think! They loved these, actually they loved the huge sheet of cookie! This would also be fun to decorate and write in frosting for a birthday cookie-cake.
Candy Cookie Bars
slightly adapted from Fearless Homemaker
2 1/8 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
1/2 cup white sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 12oz bag M&M’s, divided
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line (with foil or parchment) an 11x17" edged baking sheet and set aside. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and baking soda; set aside. In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. 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 the remaining M&M’s on top and press in slightly. Bake 20-25 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.