Easy Homemade M&M Almond Cookie Bars Recipe
Recently, I’ve been using oil instead of butter to bake cookies. I tried it with regular cookies and it worked well, so I thought I try it with cookie bars. While going through my pantry, I found some almonds and M&M’s. Now, you don’t have to use oil for this recipe; you can just use regular butter (vegetable oil actually has 300 calories more a cup then unsalted butter), but oil is easily to work with. I made this recipe using a whisk and a spatula; no need for an egg beater or standing mixer. But if you prefer butter, I included the right amount for it.
1 cup roasted and salted almonds (chopped or crushed)
1 cup plain M&M’s
1 cup whole wheat flour
1¼ cups All-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt (1 teaspoon if you’re using unsalted almonds)
1 teaspoon baking soda
¾ cup white sugar
¾ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup vegetable oil (or 2 sticks of unsalted butter)
1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F.
2. In a small mixing bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.
3. In a large mixing bowl combine brown and white sugars, oil (or butter), and vanilla extract.
4. Mix together until well blended.
5. Add eggs one at a time.
6. In three batches add flour mixture to sugar and egg mixture.
7. Fold in almonds and M&M’s.
8. Spray a large 10x13 baking dish with butter flavored cooking spray.
9. Spread cookie dough evenly into baking dish.
10. Bake for 22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cookie comes out clean.
11. Let cool for 15-30 minutes before cutting into 2 inches squares.
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