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Patriotic Sugar Cookie Cake

Need a dessert to bring to your 4th of July party?  This simply delicious Patriotic Sugar Cookie Cake made white chocolate chips and red, white and blue sprinkles is the perfect Independence Day dessert!

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This year I’m hosing a HUGE July 4th Celebration at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, DC.   I’m expecting about 3000 people to attend to enjoy food vendors, music, entertainment, carnival games and fireworks!

I don’t have to cook or bake for the celebration, however that won’t stop me from making this super cute Patriotic Sugar Cookie Cake for my kids to enjoy in the days leading up to the 4th of July!

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What I love most about this dessert is how incredibly quick and easy it is to put together and bake.

The ingredients are ones that I always have on hand in my pantry so I don’t have to run to the store to pick up supplies to make.

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The second thing I love about this dessert is that it’s a one-bowl recipe.  Ingredients don’t need to be measured out into other bowls which means less mess, less clean up and easy baking!

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My husband loves this recipe because of the white chocolate chips.  You could easily substitute milk or dark chocolate chips, however the patriotic sprinkles wouldn’t stand out as much as with white chocolate chips.  Making my husband love this recipe is a win in my book because he rarely likes dessert.

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So what exactly is a cookie cake, you may be asking?  It’s a dessert that is made with a cookie batter base but baked in a cake tin.  It’s thick and rich like a cookie, but cuts like a cake into slices!

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Frosting.  The frosting totes makes this dessert a cake too!  Lots and lots of sweet, creamy buttercream frosting decorating the top of this cookie transforms it into a decadent cake!

Patriotic Sugar Cookie Cake | The JavaCupcake Blog

And the sprinkles make this dessert patriotically  perfect.

Don’t you think? I mean, everything is better with sprinkles!

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I think I’ll just serve myself up a big slice, grab a glass of milk and enjoy!

Nothing better than a Patriotic Sugar Cookie Cake for the 4th of July!

Patriotic Sugar Cookie Cake | The JavaCupcake Blog

No matter what you’re doing to celebrate the Independence of the United State of America, celebrate it with a deliciously simple Patriotic Sugar Cookie Cake!

Patriotic Sugar Cookie Cake | The JavaCupcake Blog

Patriotic Sugar Cookie Cake

Patriotic Sugar Cookie Cake

This simply delicious Patriotic Sugar Cookie Cake made white chocolate chips and red, white and blue sprinkles is the perfect Independence Day dessert!

Ingredients

  • 10 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp cream of tartar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup red/white/blue sprinkles
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9-inch spring form pan by spraying the bottom and sides with non-stick spray.
  2. Combine the butter and sugar in a medium bowl and mix until smooth. Add in the egg, vanilla, baking soda, salt and cream of tartar. Mix until well combined. Slowly add in the flour and mix until fully incorporated. Fold in the white chocolate chips.
  3. Pour the batter into your prepared spring form pan and press to the edges. Top with a few more white chocolate chips for presentation.
  4. Bake for 20-22 minutes, just until edges are a golden brown color. Remove from the oven and allow cooling for 15 minutes. Then, remove the spring form side and allow the cake to cool completely before frosting.
  5. With a stand mixer or a hand mixer, combine the butter and powdered sugar. Add in the salt, vanilla and heavy cream. Mix everything until it’s smooth and creamy.
  6. Scoop into a piping bag with a 1m tip and decorate your cake.
  7. Top with sprinkles before the icing sets.
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Chocolate Drizzled Cookie Sticks

While I’m taking a break from baking to by with my soldier and my family, the wonderful Toni from Make Bake Celebrate is here to share her recipe for Chocolate Drizzled Cookie Sticks!

A heartfelt thank you goes to Toni for helping me out this week!  Please, show her all kinds of love and visit her sweet blog, Make Bake CelebrateChocolate Drizzled Cookie Sticks by Make Bake Celebrate for JavaCupcake.com

Hi! I’m Toni from Make Bake Celebrate, a blog full of bright and cheery easy to make treats! And I’m so excited to be filling in for Betsy today here on Java Cupcake. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Betsy for some time now, not only as bloggy buddies but as fellow Army wives as well! It’s not everyday that you come across somebody who shares your passion for cupcakes, frosting, and combat boots! In case you haven’t heard, Betsy welcomed home her hero this week!

I can honestly say I’ve been in that same spot and let me tell you no amount of sprinkles in the world could pull me down from the clouds in the days that surround homecoming. So when Betsy asked me if I could stop by and share a little something sweet here at Java Cupcake while she spends a little time with those who matter most – I practically had my piping bag ready!

But before we get to the yumminess I would like to say WELCOME HOME to Dave!! As well as CONGRATS to Betsy, you did it and you’re stronger then ever. 🙂

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While I was going over my “to bake” list to pick something to share with you guys I was looking for something fitting to Java Cupcake, but Betsy said, “No way, pick something that’s totally you!.” (What she really meant was covered in sprinkles) Let’s hope she was serious because these chocolate cookies bars are totally me. Chocolate, more chocolate, yummy, cute, crazy easy, and well you know – covered in sprinkles. Like all of my favorite things wrapped into one! I’ve been wanting to make these every since I made these Birthday Cake Cookie Bars last year. They were a big hit, and a chocolate version only seemed natural!

So if you’re looking for a step by step tutorial to help you out on these you can always follow the same directions from the Birthday Cake Cookies Bars and just swap out for the recipe listed below.

I really love how these Chocolate Drizzled Cookie Sticks came out and just how fun and festive they can be! They start with an easy rolled chocolate cookie, cut, baked, then drizzle on some melted milk chocolate, toss on some sprinkles and you’re done! A simple treat to impress.

Thanks so much Betsy for inviting me over to Java Cupcake, and I hope you guys enjoyed my post! If you guys want to head on over and say hello over at my place I would love to have you – you can never have too many buttercream loving friends!

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Chocolate Drizzled Cookie Sticks

Chocolate Drizzled Cookie Sticks

Ingredients

Chocolate Drizzled Cookie Bars

  • 1 Cup Salted Butter (cold)
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Tsp. Vanilla
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 3/4 Cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Tsp. Baking Powder
  • 8oz. Melting Chocolate
  • Sprinkles (optional)
  • Makes approx. 36 cookie bars.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small mixing bowl whisk together flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder. Set aside.
  2. Chop up cold butter into little chunks. Place in bowl of electric mixer and cream on medium until light and fluffy. Add in sugar and whip until fully combined.
  3. Add in egg, beat, then add in vanilla, beat. Slowly add in flour mixture and mix until dough has formed into one large chunk. (Dough will be crumbly at first, keep mixing! If needed remove from mixture and work together with hands just a bit)
  4. Divide dough into two parts and place one half in the fridge wrapped in clear wrap. Roll the other half out between two pieces of wax paper to desired thickness. Use a pizza cutter to cut strips of cookie about 1.5in X 3.5in. Gently transfer cookie bars onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and place in freezer for 2 minutes. (This will help keep the cookie's shape)
  5. Bake cookies for 9-11 minutes, remove from oven and carefully slide parchment paper and all on to cooling wrack. Repeat with remaining dough until it is gone.
  6. Once cookies have cooled remove parchment paper from under cookies and place under the cooling rack. (so you can now drizzle your chocolate and the paper will catch the mess) Melted melting chocolate and drizzle over cookies. Add sprinkles if you would like. I pour my melted chocolate into a decorators bottle to make the process very fast and easy. Let chocolate firm before serving.
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Cherry M&M Cookie Bars

Cherry M&M candies and semi-sweet chocolate chips fill these cookie bars making them out-of-this-world delicious!

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My neighbor likes to collect things for me that she think I’ll like.  Most recently, she brought me a bag of Cherry M&M candies.  Now, you might not think this is too significant, but when our Commissary has something new, you have to jump on it and buy it immediately.  You never know when or if they’re going to have it again.

So I’ve got this bag of cherry M&M’s, what am I going to do with it?

Cherry M&M Cookie Bars.  Duh.

I mean really.  Was there any other option?  Not really.

Okay, now I know what I’m going to make, but now I had to figure out what I was going to do with them once I did make them.  I certainly didn’t need an entire pan of these sitting in my house.  I’d eat them all.  Or my kids would.

Oh… I’ve got it!

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My friend Holly is a photographer at Winter’s Splendor Photography and she’s taking picture of my 12th Man Rally.  I can give them to her as a Thank You! Perfect!  She’s got kids and a husband who can all enjoy them together.  Wonderful.

Are you wondering what a 12th Man Rally is?  If you didn’t already know, I’m a HUGE Seattle Seahawks fan.  I mean… I’ve loved them my entire life!  And finally… this year they are going to the Super Bowl!  For only the second time in the history of the team they are going to the Big Show!

To show my support for the team and my hometown of Seattle, I gathered as many Seahawks fans I could find and took a big group photo! The fans are called the 12th Man… 11 players on the field…. the 12th man in the stands.  That’s us!

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Back to these Cherry M&M Cookie Bars!  The batter is really a basic one… two bowls and a 9x13in pan are really all you need.  If you didn’t have Cherry M&Ms you could sub any candy, nut, or chocolate.  The possibilities are endless!

Enjoy!

Cherry M&M Cookie Bars

Cherry M&M Cookie Bars

Yield: 15 cookie bars
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 28 minutes
Total Time: 38 minutes

Ingredients

  • 10.5oz all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 12 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 bag Cherry M&M candies

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 F degrees and line 9x13in baking pan with parchment paper. Lightly spray the pan and paper with non-stick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the melted butter, sugars, eggs, and vanilla extract until smooth.
  4. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and stir together until completely combined.
  5. Add the chocolate chips and 1 cup of the cherry M&M's and mix until incorporated.
  6. Spread batter evenly into the prepared pan.
  7. Evenly sprinkle the remaining cherry M&M's on the top of the batter making sure to evenly distribute. Gently press the candies into the batter.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes on the low-middle rack in your oven. The bars will be done with the edges brown and the top is firm to the gently touch.
  9. Allow to cool completely in the pan.
  10. Use a butter knife around the edges of the cookie that directly touch the pan before lifting the cookie out.
  11. Cut the cookie into squares. Serve with cold milk.
  12. Store in an air tight container up to 4 days.

Chunky Apple Sugar Cookie Sheet Cake Bars

Chunks of sweet honey crisp apples surrounded by cinnamon sugar cookie dough topped with whipped cinnamon buttercream make these Chunky Apple Sugar Cookie Sheet Cake Bars a must-bake dessert for your family!

Chunky Apple Sugar Cookie Sheet Cake Bars - Chunks of apples fill this sugar cookie sheet cake that's covered in a creamy cinnamon buttercream | JavaCupcake.com

My daughter has been eating apples a lot lately… almost one everyday.  She slices them, puts them in a bowl with a spoonful of peanut butter or sometimes with a couple slices of cheese.  Emily loves apples.

Her love of this crispy fruit got me to thinking about baking with them.   How could I incorporate the crunch and sweet flavor of a Honey Crisp apple into a dessert??  Hmm… a cupcake? Naw.  I’ve done that before.  Pie?  Yup, done that too.

Cookies?  YES! Winner! I haven’t made an apple cookie yet!

But wait… how about a cookie cake?

EVEN BETTER!

This chunky apple sugar cookie sheet cake bars, have a sugar cookie flavor with a cake-like texture but are loaded with chucks of sweet and crisp apples and tons of delicious cinnamon flavor.  I’ve topped them with a thin layer of whipped cinnamon frosting.

They get their name from the way they are baked… in a sheet cake pan and from their texture.  These bars definitely have the sugar cookie texture and flavor, yet they are thicker and have a crumb like a cake.

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It’s a cookie. It’s a cake.  It’s a bar.  It’s a Cookie Sheet Cake Bar!

This would make a great treat for a pot-luck or party.  It can be sliced in any size and would be delicious with a scoop of vanilla or caramel ice cream on the side!  Ooohh!  Why didn’t I think of that before I took the pictures and ate 3 pieces?   ha ha ha

Yum.  Seriously.  These sugar cookie sheet cake bars are like a slice of apple pie, but better.  You need to try them!!!

Enjoy!

Chunky Apple Sugar Cookie Sheet Cake Bars

Chunky Apple Sugar Cookie Sheet Cake Bars

Ingredients

Bars

  • 2 1/2 cups Honey Crisp apples, peeled and diced (about 1 1/2 large apples)
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves

Frosting

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1lb powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

Bars

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Spray with Pillsbury Baking Spray with flour a jelly roll pan or large, tall sided cookie sheet. Line with parchment paper and spray again.
  2. Prepare the apples by peeling, coring and dicing them into 1/4-1/2" chunks.
  3. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes.
  4. While the butter and sugar are creaming, in another large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.
  5. Add the eggs to the butter/sugar one at a time mixing well after each. Scrape the sides of the bowl several times to make sure all the egg has been incorporated.
  6. Mix in the vanilla.
  7. Slowly add the flour to the creamed mixture and mix on high until just combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl to make sure everything has been incorporated.
  8. Add the apples and mix until they have been evenly distributed through the batter. N
  9. NOTE: The batter will be thick. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan.
  10. Bake 18-25 minutes or until the edges have browned and a toothpick comes out without any wet batter. You should see a few cookie crumbs stuck to the toothpick.
  11. Cool cookie bars in the pan on a wire rack until they are completely cool.
  12. Using the parchment paper, carefully lift the cookie out and place on a cutting board.

Frosting

  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream the butter until smooth.
  2. Add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time and mix on high until incorporated.
  3. Mix in the vanilla, cinnamon and the salt.
  4. Add the heavy cream and mix on high for 2 minutes or until light and fluffy.

Assembly & Storage

  1. Using an offset spatula, spread a thin layer of frosting over the top of the cooled sheet of cookie.
  2. Cut into squares.
  3. Sprinkle each square with a dusting of ground cinnamon.
  4. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.

Notes

Original recipe from The Seaside Baker

Bloggers Around the World Supporting the Troops: A Deployment Care Package Program

Bloggers Around the World Supporting the Troops - A Deployment Care Package Program by JavaCupcake.com

I am incredibly excited to be able to announce a new series that I am very proud of!  Bloggers Around the World Supporting the Troops is a Deployment Care Package Program sponsored by JavaCupcake.com and is designed to inspire bloggers to use their creative expertise to put together themed care packages to send to a platoon of deployed soldiers in Afghanistan.

UPDATE: To see photos from the soldiers opening the care package – scroll to the bottom of this page! 

Not just any soldiers though… MY SOLDIER.   Each care package will go to my husband, SGT David Eves,  and his platoon of fellow soldiers.  They were recently deployed to the Kandahar Provence of Afghanistan to aid in the pulling out of the US Army as their time there comes to an end.  The picture below is of the platoon the night they deployed.  My husband is third from the left in the back row.  *swoon*

2nd Platoon, Fox Troop, 2/2 CR - Vilseck, Germany by JavaCupcake.comI’ve enlisted the help of some AMAZING friends and bloggers like Amanda from i am baker and Dorothy from Crazy for Crust (just to name a few!) to put together packages for Dave and his platoon!  Each month, I’ll be posting a link to their posts, so make sure to check back on the second Tuesday of every month!

Until then… check out the Deployment Care Package Program main page for tips & resources & info on how you can get involved! 

 

Are You Ready For Some Football?!

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With football season underway, I thought a football themed care package would be perfect to get things started!  The Are You Ready For Some Football?! care package has been packed full of everything the soldiers would need to enjoy their favorite football game while they’re taking a break from missions!

Helping me put together this care package was Mrs. Suzen Merritt (middle), the wife of  Fox Troop’s 1st Sergeant, Mrs. Sarah Jacksaon (pictured with me), the wife of 2nd platoon’s PlatoonSergeant and my neighbor Chasity Burger (not pictured).

Decorating!

We decorated the inside top flaps of the box with football themes! The first thing we wanted the soldiers to see was that we really put together this box with a lot of love and wanted them to get excited for what was inside!

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Supplies needed:

  • Football themed scrapbooking paper
  • Construction paper
  • White paper
  • Glue/glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Crayons
  • Sharpies
  • Foam tshirts (or you can just cutout shapes from paper)

DIY Instructions for Each Flap: 

  • Are You Ready For Some Football? – Cut football scrapbook paper and brown construction paper to fit the flap.  Glue in place. Cut out letters from yellow construction paper to spell out “Are You Ready For Some Football?” and glue down.

FOOTBALL

  • Go Team! – Cut Varsity Letters scrapbook paper & green construction paper to fit the flap and glue in place. Cut out “Go Team” letters from blue construction paper and a megaphone shape from yellow construction paper and glue down.  Write “VARSITY” in crayon on the megaphone.

GO-TEAM

  • Swamp Fox! – Cut Stars scrapbook paper and white paper to fit the flap and glue down. Cut helmet shape from red construction paper with silver crayon write your Troop/team name and glue them down. Write names/numbers on the foam tshirt cutouts with a Sharpie and glue down.

SWAMP-FOX

  • XOXO – Cut Green grass scrapbook paper and green construction paper to fit the flap and glue down. Cut X’s & O’x cutout from black construction paper, footballs cutout from brown construction paper and glue down. Use a pen to draw laces on footballs.

XOXO

For more decorating ideas for deployment boxes, check out my Care Packages for Soldires Pinterest Board!

 

Inside the Box!

Contents

Inside this hand-decorated box the soldiers will find:

  • Everything they need for Nachos!  5 bags of tortilla chips, 5 jars of queso, 5 jars of salsa, 5 cans of beans & 2 cans of green chilies
  • A big bag of homemade Chex Mix
  • Homemade Cocoa Krispie Treats shaped like footballs – enough for each soldier (see recipe below)
  • 2 bags of Banana Chips

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Tips for Packaging!

Since this box contained cans, jars and soft items… we needed to use several different techniques for packaging.

Supplies needed: 

  • Packing peanuts
  • Newspaper
  • Recycled plastic grocery sacks
  • Ziploc bags (snack size & gallon)

How to pack a deployment box with cans, jars and soft items by JavaCupcake.com

Packaging Tips:

  • #1: Line packing peanuts on the bottom of the box.  Distribute canned items evenly across the bottom on top of the packing peanuts.  Try not to let the cans touch each other or the sides of the box.
  • #2: Wrap each jar in 2-3 pieces of newspaper then wrap that in a recycled plastic grocery sack.  Spread more packing peanuts on top of the canned items then place the jars onto, again… trying not to let them touch each other or the sides of the box.  Place more peanuts on top and the sides of the jars making sure to get peanuts between the jars and the walls of the box.
  • #3: Pack Chex Mix and Krispie Treats in Ziploc bags then wrap each in a recycled grocery sack. Lay these softer items on top and pack the chips next to them.  Try not to place anything on top of the bags of chips.
  • #4: Fill the top of the box with packing peanuts until full.  Make sure they fill all the edges & corners next to the walls of the box.

Extra Packing & Shipping Tips:

  • Use strong packing tape to tape the box closed.
  • Use a large sharpie to write the address on the outside of the box.
  • Make sure to include your return address.
  • Completely fill out a CUSTOMS FORM.

For more tips to successful care packages… download my Shipping Guidelines for sending care packages to Iraq & Afghanistan!

 

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How You Can Help!

Are you interested in supporting a Platoon of soldiers by sending your own care package?  There are A LOT of soldiers in need… not just my husband’s platoon… and I can get you connected with them!  Simply fill out this form below and I’ll get you all the details!

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Football Cocoa Krispie Treats

Football Cocoa Krispie Treats

Yield: 12 Football Cocoa Krispie Treats
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cocoa rice cereal
  • 3 cups rice cereal
  • 5 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 bag mini marshmallows
  • football shaped cookie cutter
  • white chocolate (optional)

Instructions

  1. Grease a 9x13 baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large pot over medium heat, melt the butter.
  3. Add the mini marshmallows and heat until melted, stirring occasionally.
  4. Pour in the rice cereals and mix with a wooden spoon until completely covered.
  5. Transfer the mixture into the prepared pan. Using a piece of wax paper coated in cooking spray, press down the mixture evenly in the pan.
  6. Allow to cool and set for 2 hours.
  7. Cut the treats into football shapes using the football cutter.
  8. Melt white chocolate and pipe on lines for the laces. This step is optional.

UPDATE!

After about 6 weeks, 2nd platoon finally recieved their care package and were able to take a break long enough to enjoy what was inside!

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White Chocolate Chip and M&M Cookie Bars

If you haven’t already noticed, I have a bit of an obsession with cookie bars.  See, I LOOOOOVE cookies but I HAAAAATE rolling and dropping them and baking 2-3 sheets of cookies per batch of dough.  I’d much rather throw it all into one pan and bake it once, cut them when they’re cool and BAM! Cookies!

So yeah, I make them a lot.  I make them with all kinds of different candies and chocolates in them and I usually end up eating most of them.  Okay, well… not most of them… I always share, but not many.  tee hee

Today’s cookies come from a recipe by I found on How Sweet It Is. Now, she turned this recipe into actual cookies and used different candies and chocolate in it… but the idea is still the same.   It all equals YUM.

White Chocolate Chip and M&M Cookie Bars

Yield: About 18 cookie bars
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups + 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 12 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 medium eggs + 1 medium egg yolk, at room temperature (If you have large eggs, just omit one full egg)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup M&Ms
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line bottom of 9x13 pan with parchment paper and grease/butter sides and bottom of the pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugars breaking up any large clumps. Add the melted butter and whisk until smooth.
  4. Add the eggs and vanilla and whisk until incorporated.
  5. Add the flour and mix together using a spatula. Scrape the sides of the bowl often to make sure all the flour is incorporated.
  6. Fold in the M&Ms and white chocolate chips.
  7. Pour dough into prepared pan and spread evenly into the sides and corners. Sprinkle a few extra M&Ms on top and gently press down. (These are so they're pretty when you cut them!)
  8. Place in freezer for 10 minutes to set. (Or if you have longer and aren't impatient like I am, put it in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour.)
  9. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until edges are brown and the center has begin to set and is no longer runny/gooey. Do not over bake.
  10. Allow to cool in pan on a wire rack almost completely before cutting.
  11. To cut, flip pan over onto a cutting board and cut into squares.
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