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m&m sugar cookie bars

July 5, 2010
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m&m Sugar Cookie Bars

I know you’ve all seen sugar cookie bars all over the place.  And a lot of you have made them, right?  Well, I needed a quick and easy dessert to take to a basketball cookout and this recipe always wins.  This time, I opted out of the frosting and pressed some m&ms all over the top instead.  Doesn’t it look fun?

Normally, I’d have been happy to take credit for such a colorful treat, but I’m gonna share an embarrassing little secret with you about these bars.  I do believe that I put too much flour in them because I was mortified when I bit into one.  Dry as a bone!  Jim even asked me if it was the recipe I usually used, because he noticed it too.

See, I ran out of flour as I was mixing this up and had to grab a new bag.  I thought I remembered what I’d already measured out, so I didn’t start over.  Big, BIG mistake.  I definitely put too much flour in.  Is it wrong to blame the kids?  Is it?  See, they were in the kitchen pestering me about one thing or another.  You know… nagging me to feed them or something.  No, I’m a bigger person than that and I won’t blame Claudia or Sam or my niece Evie, even though they were all after me about one thing or another while I was trying to bake.  But it’s not their fault.  Noooo.  {Evie, are you reading this??  Sam??}

Okay, I’ve whined a little and shifted the blame a little.  I should have been a better multitasker.  Lesson learned.  Thankfully, our basketball camp was a church-sponsored camp and they are a forgiving bunch.  I’m sure they won’t hold it against me.

Recipe for sugar cookie bars can be found here.

{one year ago:  baked blueberry shortcake}

27 Comments leave one →
  1. July 5, 2010 1:42 pm

    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done something like that. They were very pretty though.

  2. July 5, 2010 1:57 pm

    These look so fun!

    Ministry of Baking

  3. July 5, 2010 4:55 pm

    I’ve totally done that before. I’d be measuring away and the phone would ring.. by time I got back to it, I’d have no idea how much I’d measured. Although mine usually ended up being less flour than it called for.. so it turned into a soupy mess.

  4. July 5, 2010 11:29 pm

    Wow, I was so surprised when I read that they didn’t turn out good because the picture looks so delicious! What a bummer!

  5. Bea permalink
    July 6, 2010 12:26 am

    No worries, they look wonderful and you got a good picture. As her mother, and biggest fan, I can assure you that Evie would never pester…you.

  6. July 6, 2010 2:59 am

    It happens to all of us. I was making coconut macaroons the other day and realized only after cracking the eggs that I had successfully halved everything but the egg whites… I ended up making a full recipe :) Even if there was too much flour, the bars look great and were a great idea!

  7. Michelle Geraghty permalink
    July 6, 2010 3:33 am

    i made these last night using reese’s peanut butter cups cut up. yummy yummy.

    but i was out of baking soda so i used baking powder. only i couldnt remember how much to substitute and my husband was bothering me so i did 1.5x. apparently its supposed to be more like 2-3x the amount. so they didnt rise all that much. but they still tasted just fine! haha

  8. July 6, 2010 3:35 am

    Ha-HA! Darn the kids and government! :) Mine do that to me too. Drives me crazy ’cause then I have to start all over again.

    Great idea adding the m&ms.
    ~ingrid

  9. July 6, 2010 8:56 am

    they’re still edible, so i don’t consider this a baking fail at all. also, very few things excite me as much as bleeding m&ms. that sounds macabre, but it’s true. :)

  10. July 7, 2010 6:04 am

    They sure look good! Love the pops of colour the m&m’s bring. :)

  11. July 7, 2010 6:10 am

    I tried someone else’s bar cookie recipe last week and it was a disaster. But made yours yesterday … perfect! Thanks and cheers.

  12. July 7, 2010 5:48 pm

    Despite the flour problem, these bars look yummy and so tempting!

  13. July 8, 2010 2:28 am

    Dry or not, these look perfect to me. They look like they have a great texture.

  14. Evie permalink
    July 8, 2010 8:54 am

    EXCUSE ME?!?!?!
    I was helping you make those at the time!!! Gosh, you are whining a lot! ;) Plus, my mom (Bea) is right! I would NEVER pester you! ;) Love ya! – Evie

  15. July 8, 2010 10:41 pm

    That picture looks so good, I’m seriously resisting the urge to go make cookies right now. It’s late here, I should be sleeping and not making cookies. It’s all your fault. :)

  16. July 8, 2010 10:49 pm

    These appeal to the childlike heart in everyone! They look awesome!

  17. July 8, 2010 11:25 pm

    I’m just in LUV with that first picture….sends me drooling :)

  18. oneordinaryday permalink
    July 9, 2010 7:11 am

    Michelle – Oooh. Great idea with the pb cups. Those are a definite favorite with us and would surely disappear in no time. (Even if I messed up the recipe again, I know we’d eat them anyway!)
    ~ Michelle

  19. oneordinaryday permalink
    July 9, 2010 7:14 am

    Tessa – Thanks for commiserating with me. Guess that’s what they mean when they say cooking is a science? : )
    ~ Michelle

  20. July 9, 2010 8:14 am

    One of the very first times I baked a cake (I mean, a really normal standard cake) I mistakenly put in double the amount of flour (read it wrongly) and then proceeded to serve that same cake to my parents in law…. Ouch… I did think it tasted terrible but only realized what I had done a week later when I wanted to bake the second cake! So… I guess it happens to the best of us and at least your cookie bars still look delicious… :)

  21. July 9, 2010 10:37 am

    I like this idea so much better than just the sugar cookies with M&M’s on top—bars are my thing!

  22. August 9, 2010 7:13 pm

    My kids will be all over these–love it! Maybe if my little one hits the potty with any regularity, I’ll treat her with these…

  23. Lynda permalink
    June 19, 2011 11:36 am

    Silly me, but when do you add the M&M’s to the top? Before baking or after baking while it’s still warm?

    Lynda

  24. oneordinaryday permalink
    June 19, 2011 4:01 pm

    Lynda – Not silly! Sprinkle the m&ms on top after you spread the batter into your pan. Just gently press them into the dough and bake. Hope you enjoy them!
    ~ Michelle

  25. January 9, 2012 5:43 pm

    This looks great! Thanks so much for the idea…and the Sugar Rush!

  26. July 25, 2013 2:07 pm

    These look awesome! I was wondering when you pressed the m&m’s on top, before they were finished cooking or just after you took them out of the oven?

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