It certainly is cheaper and healthier to bake your own cookies. However, in today’s fast paced world, it is difficult to find the time to bake. Instead of making drop cookies, you can save time by making bar cookies.
What is a bar cookie and how do you make bar cookies? Basically, you take the cookie batter and press it into a 9 x 13 inch pan instead of scooping teaspoon fulls of the batter onto a cookie sheet. After the bar cookies have cooked, you cut them into squares. My children call them “brownie cookies” because they look like brownies, except that they aren’t all chocolate.
At first, my children weren’t too thrilled with bar cookies. I think it was because they were “different”. Now, they don’t even think twice about them; a cookie is a cookie after all.
One of our favorite bar cookie recipes is a recipe for M and M bar cookies. Somehow, candy and cookies together make the recipe twice as wonderful. If I don’t have candy on hand, I’ve used chocolate chips too. You can also add 1/2 cup chopped nuts to the batter if you wish when you stir in the candy.
Follow the recipe below to make the bar cookies:
1 c. shortening(can be butter or shortening)
1 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. sugar
2 t. vanilla
2 1/4 c flour
1 t. salt
1 t. baking soda
1 1/2 cups of M and M’s(can use more or less depending upon your tastes)
1/2 cup chopped nuts if desired(optional)
Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees farenheit. Grease a 9 x 13 inch pan. Beat together the shortening and the sugars until well mixed. Blend in the eggs and the vanilla. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking soda and salt together. Gradually stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until well blended. Stir in candies by hand. Using an electric mixer will smash up the candy. After stirring in the candy, pour the batter into the greased pan.
If desired, you can press extra candies into the top of the batter. I think this makes it a little bit too sweet, but that’s just me.
Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until the batter is lightly browned. When cool, cut into squares to be served.
These cookies freeze well, and they also are pretty durable, so they would make an excellent addition to a care package that you are posting to your child in college or your spouse in the military.