Cookie bars are an easy dessert to make and they are crowd pleasers! When we were invited to a friend’s house last weekend, I wanted to bring a dessert to share but wasn’t sure what to make. I’ve been drooling over the delicious magic crust recipes by Dorothy at Crazy For Crust so I decided to give it a try by making White Chocolate M&M’s Valentine’s Day Cookie Bars!
They are soft, crunchy, sweet and gooey! The other ladies wanted the recipe so they could try making them too.
Mix together a cake mix, a stick of softened butter and an egg. Pat it down in a 9×13″ pan. Pour the bag of Valentine M&M’s over the top and sprinkle on the white chocolate chips.
Drizzle can of sweetened condensed milk over the top of everything before baking.
I can’t wait to try another variety of these bars!
White Chocolate M&M’s Cookie Bars
by The Gunny Sack
1 white cake mix
1 stick softened butter
1 bag Valentine M&Ms
1 cup white chocolate chips
14 oz sweetened condensed milk
Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix together cake mix, egg and butter. Pat into a foil lined and well greased 9×13″ pan. Pour bag of M&Ms over the cake mix crust. Sprinkle white chocolate chips over the M&Ms. Drizzle sweetened condensed milk over everything. Bake at 350°F for 25-30 minutes. Allow bars to cool before cutting.
Recipe inspired by Butterscotch Pecan Magic Bars
One of The Gunny Sack’s readers, Mari, asked a couple of great questions and I thought I would add the answers here because others might be wondering the same things. I took the bars out of the oven when the edges started getting golden brown at about 25 minutes in my oven. The sweetened condensed milk got all bubbly and looked a little strange. It basically becomes caramelized. I wondered if I had done something wrong too but they were perfect.
As far as cutting them, I allowed the bars to cool in the pan for a while. Then, I lifted them out with the foil and let them continue cooling on the counter. I would like to say that we waited until they had cooled completely but who am I kidding…we had to try them! I carefully peel the foil away from the edges (good thing for the greased foil). The edge of the bars stuck to the foil and crumbled a bit but they stayed intact for the most part. Let me know if you have any other questions!