Easter M&M’s® Cookie Bars Recipe + DIY Mini Easter Basket Idea
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These Easter M&M’s® Cookie Bars are quick and easy to make and they are the perfect take along dessert idea for Easter! I make them for just about every occasion using the various M&M’s® holiday colored candies. They taste absolutely amazing and if the pan lasts more than a day in your house then you’ve got me beat!
You’ll start by mixing together melted butter and brown sugar.
Then add in an egg and vanilla and blend well. Mix in flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until well combined.
Now it’s time to add in your M&M’s® Pastel! Measure out one cup of the Easter colored candies.
I bought my M&M’s® Pastel colored candies at Sam’s Club. I found a big display near the bakery and dairy section. I grabbed a bag of M&M’s® Pastel and MARS Spring Minis Mix.
Add one cup of M&M’s® Pastel into the batter and mix with a spatula.
Then spread the batter into a greased 9″ x 9″ pan. I greased mine with cooking spray. Then add 1/3 cup M&M’s® Pastel onto the top of the batter in the pan. Then bake at 350 degrees F for 20 to 25 minutes until set in the middle.
While they are baking you have plenty of time to whip up these adorable mini Easter baskets! Would you believe they are made from a plastic cup? They are very inexpensive and completely adorable!
For each mini Easter basket you’ll need a plastic drinking cup, tacky glue, jute and a bag of MARS Spring Minis Mix to fill your baskets with.
Begin by cutting the plastic cup in half using scissors.
Then cover the bottom half of the cup with tacky glue.
Begin wrapping the cup with your jute. Go around and around, layering the jute on top of the previous row as you go around.
Continue around the cup and once you reach the top of your glue, add more glue to the top half and continue wrapping the jute.
Wrap until the cup is completely covered. Set aside and let dry.
Next braid together three strands of jute to create a handle. Use glue or tape to affix the handle to the inside of the basket.
Then fill each basket with the MARS Spring Minis Mix.
Once your M&M’s® cookie bars are done set them on a trivet to cool.
Once cooled slice into squares. Store in an airtight container. Print the recipe below!
Easter M&M’s® Cookie Bars Recipe
- 1/3 cup melted butter
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/3 cup M&M’s® Pastel
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Mix together melted butter and brown sugar. Add in egg (slightly beaten) and vanilla extract and blend well.
- Now add flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and mix until thoroughly combined.
- Using a spatula, stir in 1 cup of the M&M’s® pastel candies.
- Grease a 9" x 9" pan and spread the batter evenly in it.
- Add 1/3 cup M&M’s® pastel on top of the batter.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until center is set. Do not overbake.
- Allow to cool and cut into squares. Store in an airtight container.
What is one of your favorite Easter recipes? Does it include these?
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Those cookie bars sound all kinds of awesome. I can’t wait to try them!
The cookie bars sound delightful, and the mini basket is super cute! Both would be great for my kids to give to their friends at Sunday school.
Those cookie bars look amazing. I know I’d love them. I really love that mini Easter basket too. Very cute!
Those bars look amazing and that basket is just too cute! I adore all the Easter candy with it’s pastel colors this year and actually picked up some of the M&M’s just the other day!
Me too. All the colors are so fun!
These bars look way too good. I am currently on a low carb diet so I cannot indulge, but these look spectacular!
that looks so good my grands would love this
These M&M cookie bars look amazing!! What a fun DIY project too for Easter your project turned out great!
I love anything with M&M’s in it! The little Easter basket is so darn cute!
This looks like a delicious recipe. My kids love M&M’s in cookies. I will have to get the ingredients we nee to make these this weekend.
They are easy to make a great way to get the kids in the kitchen with you.
If it has chocolate in it I love it. Your M&M cookie bars would be a hit at my place. I love your mini basket!
This is my kind of craft! I would never think I could make something this cute and it’s totally doable – I love this idea! #client
Those are so yummy looking! I love all m&ms. Lol
There’s something about those Easter M&M’s that makes any recipe more delightful. I love this idea!
Yum! I love the bars and the baskets! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday!
You can never go wrong with cookies and M&Ms! They make the perfect combo! Thanks for linking up with Delicious Dishes Recipe Party!
Cookie bars are some of my favorites, and these look so yummy!
This is a very cute idea and the cookie bars which I love to make look delicious!