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Loaded M&M Oreo Cookie Bars

So excited to be able to participate in April's #Fill the Cookie Jar!  The theme is "spring", and I chose this recipe from the Taste of Home 100 Family Meals cookbook.   I hit the store, but the shopping gods were not with me.    I wanted the Spring or Peeps Oreos, no luck.   I looked the other choices over and went with Golden Oreos instead.  The seasonal candy aisle was loaded with M&Ms- dark chocolate, milk, chocolate, white chocolate, minis!  I grabbed a bag of the minis, because I like those best in baked goods.  I knew I'd have to empty all the little bags, but no big deal.

Fast forward to the weekend.  I get out all the ingredients and set about dumping all the little bags into a bowl.    Hmmm.   Despite the Easter packaging, the M&Ms were regular colored.    Mother Nature had decided to drop an April Fool's joke of plowable snow on us, so the store was out of the question.  I did what any other person under a spring cookie challenge would do- I sat and sorted out the most "spring-like" colors into one bowl, and everything else into another  LOL

The rest of the recipe went without a hitch.  I did decrease the vanilla to 1 teaspoon.  I used the baking soda and salt.   I love recipes that call for melted butter, because I never remember to pull it out to "soften".    Next time I'd double the recipe, 8x8 goes way too fast around here.     Thanks so much to Averie S for sharing her recipe!

Loaded M&M Oreo Cookie Bars

Loaded M&M Oreo Cookie Bars


  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter -- melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 18 Golden Oreo cookies -- coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate M&M's minis


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line an 8-in.-square baking pan with foil, letting ends extend up sides of pan; grease foil.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk egg, brown sugar, butter and vanilla until blended. If desired, mix flour with baking soda and salt; add to brown sugar mixture. Stir in cookies.
  3. Spread into prepared pan; sprinkle with M&M's. Bake 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs (do not overbake). Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Lifting with foil, remove from pan. Cut into bars. Store in an airtight container. 

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Unknown said…
I love the colors. These are perfect for spring!
These would be a hit in my house! So festive for spring.
Jolene said…
Thank you! and I've got a great bag of colors leftover to make something for Fall. Who am I kidding, M&Ms will never last til fall around here :)
Jolene said…
I definitely need to double it next time! The guys loved them, either alone or dunked in some milk.
The things we bloggers do LOL...All of us would have been pulling out the spring colored M&M's with our families looking at us like we were nuts.
Oh yum...I gotta make some with oreos soon too...I have extra I bought for just recipes! the mix-ins.
Unknown said…
Such a great combination of goodies in one sweet and delicious bar. Thanks so much for being a part of the Fill the Cookie Jar group!
Unknown said…
My kids would love these cookie bars! I mean who can't resist oreos and M&Ms!
Audrey said…
Can't go wrong with Oreos and M&Ms, unless they are the wrong color for the season. Ha ha! I probably would have done the same thing instead of going back to the store.
Erin said…
I would eat the entire batch. YUM!
Jolene said…
My family gets most of their exercise rolling their eyes at me :)
Jolene said…
I have to hide my baking ingredients in places like the vegetable bin so that they don't get eaten before I can use them!
Jolene said…
Thank you so much for hosting! I can't wait til next month :)
Jolene said…
Not us, they were gone in 2 days :) I'll definitely double the recipe next time!
Jolene said…
The snow at the end of the driveway was a couple feet deep, but I still briefly considered it. The thought of sitting in the nice warm house watching Fixer Upper and sorting sounded much better!
Jolene said…
I had to draw the line at the kid eating them for breakfast... then after he left for school I had one dunked in a glass of milk #worstmomever LOL
Sue Lau said…
These would make a great lunch box add in!
Jolene said…
I agree! I'll be making another batch this morning for this week's lunches :)
Unknown said…
I love this combination... oreos and m&m - I need these now.
Jolene said…
I hit the after Easter Candy sale, can't wait to make more of these!

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