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These delicious homemade cookie dough bars are a colorful and yummy treat. A buttery batter is mixed with mini chocolate chips and M&M's with a melted chocolate topping for a rich, irresistible dessert!
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These buttery, no-bake cookie dough bars are a rich, delicious treat that is perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth. This egg-free cookie dough batter has sweet mini chocolate chips and M&M’s folded in before being topped with melted chocolate. You’ll love them!

Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love cookie dough? Lucky for you we have a couple of other cookie dough recipes to share! This Cookie Dough Dip and these Cookie Dough Cupcakes are two of our favorite desserts. 

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You will need: 

Cookie Dough

  • ½ cup salted butter, softened 
  • ¾ cup brown sugar 
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, baked at 350 degrees F for 5 minutes (please see notes about baking the flour before using it in this recipe)
  • 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk 
  • 1 cup miniature chocolate chips 
  • 1 cup miniature M&M’s 
  • Cooking spray 

Topping

  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips 
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter 
  • ¾ cup miniature M&M’s 

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

Chocolate Chips: Feel free to swap out the miniature and semisweet chocolate chips for any type of chocolate chips you prefer! You can use milk chocolate, regular size, white chocolate, dark chocolate, or even white chocolate if you want a fun change. 

Mini M&M’s: While mini M&M’s tend to work best in these bars, you could also use regular size. You could also leave out the M&M’s altogether or swap them out for a different type of candy you like! 

Sprinkles: You could add in some fun sprinkles for another pop of color!

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STEP ONE: Line an 8×8 baking dish, with straight sides, with parchment paper. Spray the parchment paper with cooking spray. Set aside. 

STEP TWO: In a large mixing bowl, add the butter and brown sugar. Beat with a hand mixer until light and fluffy. Add vanilla extract and continue to beat for an additional minute. 

STEP THREE: Add flour and sweetened condensed milk, alternating between the two while mixing on the low-speed setting. Beat together until combined and a soft dough forms.

PRO TIP: You must bake the flour before adding it in this step. Flour should not be eaten raw. To make the flour safe to eat, spread it out on a large baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F for 5 minutes. 

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STEP FOUR: Using a spatula, fold in the chocolate chips and M&M’s into the dough. 

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STEP FIVE: Spread the dough out in an even layer in the 8 x 8 prepared baking dish. 

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STEP SIX: Put the bars in the freezer for 30 minutes while making the chocolate topping. 

STEP SEVEN: In a small mixing bowl, add the butter and chocolate chips. Place the bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds. Remove and stir. Place back in the microwave and repeat steps until the chocolate is melted and smooth. 

STEP EIGHT: Remove the bars from the freezer and pour the melted chocolate evenly over the top of the cookie dough. Sprinkle additional M&M’s over the top of the chocolate and gently press them down into the melted chocolate. 

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STEP NINE: Place the cookie dough bars in the refrigerator and chill for 2 to 3 hours, or until ready to serve. 

STORAGE 

IN THE FRIDGE: I recommend storing cookie dough bars in the fridge to keep them from melting. They are delicious when chilled! Store in an airtight container. 

IN THE FREEZER: Cookie dough bars will last in the freezer for up to 3 months. Place them in an airtight container and pop them into the freezer. I love to have these on hand in the freezer for when the sweet tooth comes around! 

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Next time you have the craving for raw cookie dough, you can bust out this simple and delicious recipe. Cookie dough bars have a creamy, irresistible batter that is loaded with chocolate chips and M&M’s. A yummy melted chocolate layer on top adds even more tasty chocolate flavor.

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Cookie Dough Bars

5 from 1 vote
These delicious homemade cookie dough bars are a colorful and yummy treat. A buttery batter is mixed with mini chocolate chips and M&M's with a melted chocolate topping for a rich, irresistible dessert!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 2 hours 21 minutes
Servings 16

Ingredients
  

Cookie Dough

  • 1/2 cup salted butter softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cup all-purpose flour baked at 350 degrees F for 5 minutes (please see notes about baking the flour before using it in the recipe)
  • 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup minature chocolate chips
  • 1 cup minature M&M's
  • cooking spray

Topping

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp salted butter
  • 3/4 cup minature M&M's

Instructions
 

  • Line an 8 x 8 baking dish, with straight sides, with parchment paper. Spray the parchment paper with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl add the butter and brown sugar. Beat with a hand mixer until light and fluffy. Add vanilla extract and continue to beat for an additional minute.
  • Add flour and sweetened condensed milk, alternating between the two while mixing, on the low speed setting. Beat together until combined and a soft dough forms.
  • Using a spatula fold in the chocolate chips and M&M's into the dough.
  • Spread the dough out in an even layer in the 8 x 8 prepared baking dish.
  • Put the bars in the freeze for 30 minutes while making the chocolate topping.
  • In a small mixing bowl add the butter and chocolate chips. Place the bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds. Remove and stir. Place back in the microwave and repeat steps until chocolate is melted and smooth.
  • Remove the bars from the freezer and pour the melted chocolate evenly over the top of the cookie dough. Sprinkle additional M&M’s over the top of the chocolate and gently press them down into the melted chocolate.
  • Place the cookie dough bars in the refrigerator and chill for 2 to 3 hours, or until ready to serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 419kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 115mg | Potassium: 186mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 344IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Cynthia says

    This looks absolutely delicious!! Would love to bite into it now!
    I’ll need to wait till the weekend… Can’t wait to try it out!