M&M Cookie Bars
Soft, chewy M&M Cookie Bars have a nutty shortbread crust with a sweet cream cheese filling topped with crumble topping and M&M’s.
These M&M Cookie Bars have everything you love about desserts.
✓ shortbread crust
✓ crumble topping
All in a super easy to make dessert bar. These are the perfect dessert to bring to any party, especially upcoming Halloween parties. 🎃
Speaking of Halloween, I know it’s still over a month away but I’ve already bought some candy because this is our first year we will have trick-or-treaters at our new home and I’m just so excited.
So I’ll just stick with giving out candy! 🍬🍭🍫
M&M COOKIE BAR INGREDIENTS
✓ INTERNATIONAL DELIGHT CREAMER: For the cheesecake layer, I used my favorite creamer flavor, Coldstone Sweet Cream instead of using heavy whipping cream. It gives the cheesecake a sugar cookie flavoring that’s so delicious!
✓ CREAM CHEESE: Make sure to set out your cream cheese for about an hour before making these bars. You want the cream cheese to be soft, so that you don’t have any clumps in your cheesecake layer.
✓ M&M BAKING BITES: I used M&M baking bites to top these bars but you could top them with your favorite candy or any leftover Halloween candy you might have.
HOW TO MAKE COOKIE BARS
✓ BAKE THE CRUST FIRST: I used a 9-inch baking pan and lined it with aluminum foil, leaving enough overhang on the sides and don’t forget to spray the foil with non-stick cooking spray. Press the crust mixture into the prepared pan and bake for about 12-15 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned.
✓ CHEESECAKE LAYER: Using an electric hand or stand mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar together. Add egg, creamer and vanilla; mix well. You don’t want to see any clumps in your cheesecake mixture. Then pour the cheesecake mixture over the warm crust.
✓ TOP WITH M&M’S: As soon as the bars are done baking, sprinkle the top with M&M’s or your favorite candy. Let cool on a wire rack. Once the bars have cooled lift the bars out of the pan, folding down the aluminum foil sides and cut them into squares using a sharp knife or a large pizza cutter which is my favorite way to cut bars into squares. Enjoy!