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!
The crust in this recipe is a cake mix! Isn’t that easy? I used Valentine M&Ms and White Chocolate Chips for the topping and everyone loved the 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!