Thursday, December 30, 2010

Confetti Cookie Bars.

 Confetti brownies. We'll get back to these.
Santa came! I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas... I can't believe it's almost New Year's already! I'm so excited for 2011 and I can't wait to see all the exciting stuff I hope this year brings my way. I don't usually make resolutions (at least publicly & written on the internet), but one of my biggest goals for this year is to keep writing in this blog and baking. I love it (and everyone who's in the kitchen when I'm trying out new recipes seems to love it too), but now that Christmas is over, I feel less compelled to bake.

Not that I have a choice... nearly everything Santa my family and friends gave me this Christmas had to do with baking (or vampires... don't judge me. I have an unhealthy addiction to The Vampire Diaries & True Blood.)

For example, this. It's adorable. Do you know what it is?
Measuring cups. I wouldn't lie to you. I'm in love.
Decorating tips! I can't wait to play with frosting.
Even my stocking stuffers had to do with baking!
Mini martini glasses. For when baking gets stressful?
I also got a new brownie pan and immediately used it to make these cookie bars for New Year's Eve... 
Confetti cookie bars! The mini M&Ms in them make really festive, like confetti, and I love the crushed pretzels in them. 
Happy New Year!

Confetti  Bars (Chocolate Chip M&M Cookie Pretzel Bars)

Printable Recipe

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon, optional
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup mini M&Ms
1 cup pretzels, crushed

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9x13-inch pan with cooking spray.

In a bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Using a mixer, beat butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until light and fluffy, about one minute. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. On low speed, beat in flour mixture until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chip, mini M&Ms, and crushed pretzels.

Spread the batter evenly in the pan, pressing down with a spatula. Sprinkle a few M&Ms on top, if desired. Bake for 30 minutes, until golden brown. The middle might be a little gooey, but it's okay; the bars will set up. Transfer the pan to a rack and allow to cool completely. 

Source: Adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod. 

9 comments:

  1. These sound delicious! Glad you had a great Christmas and I am SO jealous of the elephant measuring cups lol! Have a great new year!

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  2. I got the duff cake decorating kit too! These cookies look great.

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  3. I love the elephant measuring cups! They can be friends with my geese measuring cups. :)

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  4. These sound so great!! Love the addition of pretzels!

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  5. I'm so glad you had a great holiday. I'm fairly new to your blog and rarely comment. I just wanted you to know how much I enjoy the food and recipes you feature on your blog. I really like to visit here. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  6. The glasses add a nice touch! Very creative!

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  7. ive been looking for a blonde brownie like this one. all the other recipes out there call for just brown sugar, and no granulated sugar. this is the 1st ive seen w/ both. and i love the colored m&ms idea(:

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  8. Glad you experienced a good xmas and I am SO jealous on the elephant measuring cups
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  9. I made these on the weekend and they were good but my kids didn't care for the pretzels. So I just made them again and took out the pretzels and added butterscotch chips instead. Delicious! Thank you for the recipe!

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