4 Ingredient Chewy M&M’s Cookie Bars

by Crystal | Beat Bake Eat
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This is an easy 4 ingredient recipe for M&M’s Cookie Bars made with cake mix. They’re dense, chewy, buttery and loaded with crunchy candy coated chocolate pieces. They’re so much easier to make than individual cookies. Just mix, press, and bake! Cut them into squares or sticks. Kids love them.

4 Ingredient Chewy M&M's Cookie Bars - Buttery Cookie Bars loaded with crunchy chocolate-y M&M's. An easy one bowl recipe that's ready in less than 25 minutes!




This recipe is only 4 ingredients people! Butter, egg, cake mix and m&m’s. That’s it! I guarantee you that this is one of the easiest baking recipes that you will ever make.

Yes, I’m back with another 4-ingredient recipe. I love recipes with a small list of ingredients because it almost always means that it’s quick and easy to put together. Uncomplicated, no-fuss recipes are my kind of recipes.

I decided to turn these 4 Ingredient Bakery Style Cookies into bars.

Now that summer is fast approaching it’s time to bust out the bright colors! And I’m not just talking about your wardrobe. The warm weather has inspired me to add m&m’s to these cookie bars and also I just love me some m&m’s. It was inevitable.

Look at them! They’re so bright and colorful. They belong at a summer picnic.

4 Ingredient Chewy M&M's Cookie Bars - Buttery Cookie Bars loaded with crunchy chocolate-y M&M's. An easy one bowl recipe that's ready in less than 25 minutes!

So today’s recipe is a shortcut within a shortcut. Instead of making individual cookies we’re going to make bars and instead of making them entirely from scratch we’re using cake mix making these bars 4 ingredient cookie bars.

Bars are so much easier to make than cookies. You don’t have to roll the dough, chill it or make two separate batches. Just press it into the pan and bake!

Yeah, this recipe is a real time saver. It’s the kind of recipe that you keep in your back pocket for when you’re craving something sweet or if you just need a last minute treat.




You can even turn these into kitchen sink cookie bars. Toss in whatever mix-ins you have laying around and I’m sure they’ll still taste great. Maybe even better! Add chocolate chips, nuts, dried fruit, your favorite candy bar; whatever you got.

I love thick, chewy cookies and these bars are just that. The m&m’s provide that little extra crunch and they make these cookie bars look so cheerful.

I had to toss the mini m&m’s in there. Somehow they just taste better in mini form. I did put the regular sized ones in there too though. The mini ones are so rare where I live. Whenever I find them I always make sure to get two bags because I never know when I’m going to come across them again.

4 Ingredient Chewy M&M's Cookie Bars - Buttery Cookie Bars loaded with crunchy chocolate-y M&M's. An easy one bowl recipe that's ready in less than 25 minutes!

Because all of the dough is baked in one pan there’s more chewiness to go around. They’re perfectly chewy, buttery, and just the right amount of sweetness to satisfy that sweet tooth.

Oh yeah, another thing I love about these bars is that there’s no added sugar!




Warning(!); These bars are easily over baked. They will be under baked when you pull them from the oven and naturally you’re going to want to put them back in for a couple of minutes but don’t! You want them to be puffy in the center and lightly golden brown around the edges and the bottom. Once they cool they’ll set and firm up, I promise you. Just trust the process. If you over bake these bars they’ll be tough and dry.

After they’ve cooled they’ll be slightly gooey in the center and those are the most addicting slices. That super chewy, crunchy texture will have you hooked.

Actually, I take that back because the edges are pretty good too. Now I can’t decide if I like the middle slices better or the edge slices. They’re both so good, buttery and dense.

4 Ingredient Chewy M&M's Cookie Bars - Buttery Cookie Bars loaded with crunchy chocolate-y M&M's. An easy one bowl recipe that's ready in less than 25 minutes!

There’s m&m’s studded all throughout the batter and more pressed into the top to make sure that there’s candy-coated chocolate crunch in every bite.

Also, you can cut these however big or small you want. Cut them into squares, sticks, bites, whatever you want. You can even use a cookie cutter to cut them into fun shapes. Kids would love that! I cut my bars big because we’re a bunch of little piggies over here.




Thanks to the cake mix these bars are ready in less than 25 minutes! Everything comes together in only one bowl and the only thing you have to measure is the m&m’s.

It only takes five minutes to make the dough and only a couple minutes to press it into the pan. I literally just use a spoon to put this whole thing together. Kids can make this, no problem. Actually, kids should make this. This is one of those recipes where kids can come into kitchen and get their hands messy and feel accomplished because this recipe is so unbelievably easy.

Have them with a glass of cold milk or on their own. They’re great either way.

I may have had two slices the minute they were done cooling and then another one when I was taking the pictures because I had to eat the one that I took a bite out of. It’s not right to put back the one that’s bitten, right? And then, I maybe had another slice because that’s when I was handing them out to everybody and I think it would have just looked odd if I wasn’t having a slice as well. Yeah, this “trying to watch what I eat because I wanna look hot for summer” thing isn’t working out so well.

4 Ingredient Chewy M&M's Cookie Bars - Buttery Cookie Bars loaded with crunchy chocolate-y M&M's. An easy one bowl recipe that's ready in less than 25 minutes!

There’s a few more cake mix recipes on this site because I like playing around with cake mix. I’ve tried my hand at the chocolate flavor and made these 4 Ingredient Chocolate Cookies and these Rolo-Stuffed Chocolate Cookie Bars (also 4 ingredients), which are deliciously sinful by the way.

Okay, I’m going to stop blabbering now. Enjoy!




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4 Ingredient Chewy M&M's Cookie Bars
Prep Time
7 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
22 mins
 
This is an easy 4 ingredient recipe for M&M Cookie Bars made with cake mix. They’re dense, chewy, buttery and loaded with crunchy candy coated chocolate pieces. They’re so much easier to make than individual cookies. Just mix, press, and bake! Cut them into squares or sticks. Kids love them.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 bars
Calories: 220 kcal
Author: Crystal | Beat Bake Eat
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 box (432g/15oz) yellow cake mix
  • 1 1/2 cups M&M’s
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9x13 inch baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine butter and egg. Add cake mix and stir until dough is formed. Gently fold in 1 cup M&M’s.
  3. Press dough into the baking pan in an even layer. Sprinkle and press remaining 1/2 cup M&M’s into the top.
  4. Bake for 14 – 15 minutes. DO NOT over bake.

    *Bars are done when the edges and bottom are lightly golden brown and the center is under baked, soft and pale.

  5. Cool in pan for 20 minutes. Cut into squares.

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2 comments

Stephanie, One Caring Mom July 28, 2018 - 10:21 pm

These look amazing! I love bars (you’re right – so much easier than cookies) so I can’t wait to make these! Thanks for sharing!

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Crystal August 3, 2018 - 1:47 am

Thanks Stephanie!

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