Today is Bub’s birthday. Bub probably doesn’t even know I have this blog. Grumpy probably doesn’t run around telling his buddies his wife takes pictures of food and talks about not only the food but him on the internet. ha ha. BUT I want to wish Bub a happy birthday anyway.

I sent these bars with Grumpy to give to Bub on Friday. See, Grumpy and Bub not only have birthday’s close together, they also work together everyday. I love Bub because he keeps Grumpy happy at work! ;o) I am also told how he loves sweets and how he loves candy….therefore, I made him something sweet and something with candy to give him on his birthday!

Grumpy tells me how Bub eye’s his lunch box. I told him when he opened his lunch box on Friday that Bub was to get those cookies! Word is that he was very happy to get them!

M&M Cookie Bars
From Culinary in the Dessert

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup butter, melted (I let it go on the stove until it started to turn a little brown and nutty)
2 1/4 cups brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups M&M’s

Preheat the oven to 350. Lightly spray a 10 X 15″ jelly roll pan with non-stick spray.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.

In another large bowl, combine the melted butter and brown sugar, stirring until evenly distributed. Allow to cool slightly. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating very well after each one. Mix in vanilla extract. Stir in the flour mixture and when combined add in the M&M’s. Spread the batter into the prepared pan.

Bake for 24-26 minutes, until they are shiny and golden brown on top. Try not to overbake these or they will be dry. A cake tester will most likely not come out clean. Remove from the oven and cool completely before cutting.

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. Robin Sue February 8, 2009 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    You bring people so much joy on their birthdays. No I bet you have a knack of bringing people joy on all days! Those are some great bars there.

  2. Meg February 8, 2009 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    Those look delicious! These birthday boys are so lucky to have you baking for them!

  3. Kaitlin February 8, 2009 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    I’m jealous! What a yummy birthday treat. He is sure to be thrilled, they look great.

  4. Barbara Bakes February 8, 2009 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    You are so thoughtful! I love cookie bars!

  5. Jessie February 8, 2009 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    Lucky guy! These look fabulous! Mmmm, bar cookies. I swear, your blog is deadly first thing in the morning. Now I want dessert for breakfast!

    a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse

  6. Bob February 8, 2009 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    Man, I wish my girlfriend would bake for me on my birthday! Those look wicked good. 🙂

  7. Peter M February 8, 2009 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    Love the colours the M&M's impart. Happy Birthday Grumpy…smile 😉

  8. Tangled Noodle February 8, 2009 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    What a great birthday gift for Bubs! By the way, my birthday is in May and I like Peppermint Patties . . .

  9. pigpigscorner February 8, 2009 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    A great b'day gift! Love how you used m&m's…looks so colourful!

  10. Jessie February 8, 2009 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    oh my! this is a wonderful birthday treat and I also love m&m's in cookies too!

  11. Reeni♥ February 8, 2009 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    Your such a sweetie, they look scrumptious!! I love baking with m&m's!

  12. Elyse February 8, 2009 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    What a perfect birthday treat! How sweet of you!

  13. noble pig February 8, 2009 at 6:33 pm - Reply

    Happy Birthday Bub…these look awesome!

  14. averagebetty February 8, 2009 at 8:17 pm - Reply

    I need a glass of milk! Happy Birthday Grumpy!

  15. Ingrid February 8, 2009 at 11:49 pm - Reply

    Looks like blondies to me & we're a blondie lovin' family!

  16. Stephanie February 8, 2009 at 11:58 pm - Reply

    Oh, they look so yummy! I could go for a couple of those bars right now! yummm…

  17. JyLnC February 9, 2009 at 1:18 am - Reply

    My son was requesting I make Chocolate Chip Cookies but use M & M's just this week. Thanks for the recipe.

  18. Sara February 9, 2009 at 4:24 am - Reply

    These look so good! I actually prefer M&Ms to chocolate chips in these kind of bar cookies. I also love M&Ms in sugar cookies.

  19. Jo February 9, 2009 at 11:28 am - Reply

    Wow how nice to receive such a delicious present baked from the heart. Lucky guy!

  20. Poodle February 9, 2009 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    I may have to start practicing making these for my baby’s 1st birthday coming up in June. I mean, you know, to make sure I get the recipe just right.

  21. Laura February 9, 2009 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    Yum these look good. Have you noticed they are now packaging all green M&Ms for Valentine's Day also? Yikes. I sent John out for the red/pink ones and that is what he came home with.

  22. Laila February 9, 2009 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    Looks really delicious … perfect gift 🙂 .. Laila ..

  23. Creative One February 10, 2009 at 1:05 am - Reply

    What a wonderful birthday treat for Bub. The bars look delicious.

  24. Snooky doodle February 10, 2009 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    I have to try these they look so colourful and yummy 🙂

  25. Bunny February 11, 2009 at 3:31 am - Reply

    These look great Shelby!

  26. AnickH January 15, 2010 at 11:35 pm - Reply

    This is like my ideal dessert! They look so chewy. M&M'S and no UTS!!!

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