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Loaded cookie bars

Apparently some people are wanting healthy recipes?! I'll get back to that in February. :) I spent much of my December brainstorming sugary, gooey treats, so it has been hard to get them out of my brain. Last week I was pondering a "loaded" cookie in bar form, and how easy they would be when using pre-made dough.

These bars were super easy to make, and they are as yummy as they look. I did not share them well with my family.


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9x9-inch square baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine:

One 16.5-oz. roll refrigerated sugar cookie dough, at room temperature

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup peanut butter chips

1 cup M&M's chocolate candies

1/2 cup macadamia nuts, chopped

Thoroughly mix ingredients together with your hands. 

Press the mixture into the prepared baking dish, and distribute the dough evenly. There will be some "extra" goodies at the bottom of your mixing bowl. Top the bars with the extra candies, nuts, chocolate chips and peanut butter chips.

Bake in the preheated oven for 22-25 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown. Let the bars cool completely before cutting into squares.

I love how different ingredients can be used to reflect differing tastes or even holidays. Use green M&M's for St. Patty's day or chocolate chip cookie dough for a more chocolatey bar. Be creative! Enjoy!

Loaded Cookie Bars

Five ingredients and 30 minutes later, this colorful dessert is ready to devour!

Contributed by Megan Porta from

Published Jan 30, 2012

Serves: 12

Total time: 30 min

Loaded Cookie Bars


  • 16.5-ounce roll refrigerated sugar cookie dough, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1 cup M&M’s chocolate candies
  • 1/2 cup macadamia nuts, chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9x9-inch baking dish with cooking spray; set aside. In a large bowl, combine the cookie dough, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, chocolate candies and macadamia nuts. Thoroughly incorporate ingredients together with hands.
  2. Place mixture into prepared dish and pat evenly with hands. Place leftover chips, candies and nuts that remain in the bowl onto the top of the dough. Bake in preheated oven for 22-25 minutes, or until edges are golden brown. Let bars cool completely before cutting.



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Reader Comments (14)

OMG YUM-- I want to make these this very moment!!

01.30.2012 | Unregistered CommenterHRCK the Herald

No, we don't want anymore healthy recipes!!! We want yummy recipes like this one! I almost bought some Valentine's M&M's today...rats. I think I must make these beauties :)

01.30.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

Those cookie bars look dangerous! I love the colours- perfect for Valentines day, or to brighten up a gloomy day. Our food lovers on our community page would love a treat like this! You should share this on our community page!

01.31.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

These are totally perfect for Valentines Day :) I want some!

02.1.2012 | Unregistered CommenterParsley Sage

The kids will enjoy these cookies. Another great idea from you. I’m going to make this for tomorrow! Thanks! 

These were very pretty bars, but WOW...really SWEET!!!!!! A bit of sugar overload...I think if you cut back on the M&M's it would be better tasting, but maybe not quite as pretty. The candy coating can be a little bitter tasting in such a large amount. But they are very easy to make and quite pretty.

02.14.2012 | Unregistered Commenterteresab

I have been trying out new recipes on fellow co workers...these will be made and shared soon. I am willing to be they will be requested again!

06.15.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

Can I just say Oh My Goodness! These must be wonderful. I will be sure to have a big glass full of milk next to me as well.

I've totally found my new favorite recipe site!! all your recipes look so amazing and not too overwhelming!! can't wait to try everything

09.20.2012 | Unregistered Commenteranickh

These look out of control! Yummy....

So i made it!!!!!! My hubby loved it and took some to work the next day, in which i had no idea he did till now. They are begging for more! So tmo im bringing in my second batch. Thank you!!!

10.8.2012 | Unregistered CommenterRachael Dufala

Found your recipe today on pinterest. I didn't have any macadamias at home, so I used pretzels instead. Perfect combo of sweet/salty.

11.29.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPage

Looks like a great way to use leftover candy from various holidays.

05.31.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMANDY

I shared the link to this recipe on my blog! These look fabulous. Can't wait to try them. Thanks for sharing!! (:

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