Saturday, November 5, 2011

Candy Cookie Bars

I'm fairly certain we're not the only family with an over abundance of candy in our house.  The good news is the candy disappears rather quickly.

The bad news is the candy disappears rather quickly.

In need of a treat for a recent bake sale, I decided on a quick cookie bar and I tossed in some candy corn and M&M's.

The result was a chewy dessert and a little less candy in our pantry's candy basket.

A Mommyhood win-win.

1 stick butter, soft
1/2 stick margarine, soft
1/2 cup sugar
1 cups brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tablespoons vanilla
1 cup bread flour
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
dash salt
1/2 cup candy corn
1 cup M&M's, separated (or similar)

Preheat oven to 325.

Cream butter and sugars on medium speed for a minimum of 2-3 minutes.  Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.

Add vanilla.

Turn mixer to LOW (the lowest setting available) and slowly incorporate flours and baking soda.  Mix until JUST combined.

Stir in 1/2 cup M&Ms.  Spread in a 9x13 baking dish.  Top with remaining M&M's.

Bake 25-35 minutes, checking at 25 minutes to see if center is almost done.  DO NOT OVERBAKE!  These bars are chewy and delish if you remove from oven when they are a tad gooey in center.

Remove from oven and gently press candy corns into top.

Allow to cool 10-15 minutes before cutting and serving.


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