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Fourth of July M&M Bars

Fourth of July M&M Bars are the perfect way to celebrate in the sweetest crunchiest way.

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Usually, we spend the Fourth of July outside with friends and family, cooking out on the grill and watching fireworks.  This Fourth of July M & M Bar dessert is great for your Fourth of July Cookout, easy to make ahead and kids and adults love them.   You can use any M & M type candy in any color you choose.  I found the red, white and blue candies at Fresh Market in the bulk section.  This is a simple recipe to pull together and because of the brown sugar, has a “golden” flavor that pleases a crowd.
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4th of July M & M Bars

Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time28 minutes
Total Time43 minutes
Servings: 8 -10


  • 2 cups plus 2 Tbsp flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 12 Tbsp unsalted butter butter melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 cup light brown sugar packed
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup M&M's any will do, but for the holiday I used, red, white and blue mix
  • 1 cup 60 % bittersweet chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 325F degrees.
  • Spray the bottom and sides of a 9x13 baking pan with baking spray and line with parchment, spray paper as well.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the sugars, butter until smooth.
  • Add the eggs and vanilla and whisk until smooth.
  • Add the flour mixture and combine with a wooden spoon or spatula until all the flour is incorporated.
  • Fold in the M&M's and chocolate chips.
  • Evenly spread out dough into baking pan and bake for 25-28 minutes or until the edges begin to brown and the cookie pulls away from the pan.
  • Allow to cool in the pan completely before cutting.


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