4th of July: American Flag M&M’s Sugar Cookie Bars

Fun, colorful, and oh so festive for your 4th of July celebration. Make a pan of delicious sugar cookie bars, frost, and then decorate as the flag using red, white, and blue m&m’s! This is a must make for the Holiday!

4th of July: American Flag M&M's Sugar Cookie Bars- www.togetherasfamily.com

Happy Father’s Day! I’m so excited for today for 2 reasons; the first, is that my dad is here, visiting us, so I have my dad here on Father’s Day! That has not happened since we moved way over here to the East Coast. Second, I am so so so excited to share this 4th of July idea with y’all. I love holiday themed food. It’s one of my favorite things about the Holidays. Family gathering, lots of food, and lots of festive Holiday food.

I am so grateful to have such an awesome dad. He put up with a lot of “teenage attitude” from me, and he taught me the most important thing; hard work. He deserves his own special day 🙂 I am also grateful for my amazing husband who is an incredible father to our three kids. I honestly could not have asked, or found a better person to share this crazy life & journey with.

4th of July Sugar Cookie Bars- www.togetherasfamily.com

Now the recipe! You bake up a pan of sugar cookie bars (my weakness! I can’t resist those things), frost with some simple buttercream frosting, and then use the red, white, and blue m&m’s to decorate as a flag. Not only are they delicious, but they are even prettier to look at. They will for sure steal the spotlight at the dessert table.

I will also add that Target is the ONLY place that carries the package of red,white, blue m&m’s (we asked them). So, go to the nearest Target and grab 2 bags of em’. You will need 2 bags to have enough of the red ones. You will have lots of extra white and blue m&m’s, but those are perfect to leave out in a dish on the counter and let people munch on them 🙂 That’s what I did.

If you have a sugar cookie bar recipe that you love, and/or a buttercream recipe, please use that. I will share the one that I have used several times and that we love. I hope you all have a wonderful Father’s Day! Come back tomorrow for another great 4th of July idea 🙂

4th of July: American Flag M&M’s Sugar Cookie Bars


    Sugar Cookie Bars
  • 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • Frosting
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 4 oz cream cheese (1/2 of a 8 oz block), softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar
  • 5 tablespoons milk, whole milk or heavy cream


  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray, or use shortening.
  2. In large mixing bowl, using a handheld blender or stand mixer, mix together the butter and the sugar until combined and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each egg. Add vanilla, blend together.
  3. In smaller mixing bowl, combine flour, salt, and baking soda, stir with a whisk to combine. Add to the wet mixture, stir with a wooden spoon just until combined.
  4. Spread out in the baking dish. You might have to get some cooking spray on your fingers, or shortening, to help the process out. It will take a few minutes.
  5. Bake for 12-15 minutes. The edges will start to get a light golden color, but it won't look like it's done, use a toothpick to test. Let cool completely and then frost.
  6. Frosting
  7. Combine butter and cream cheese until smooth and creamy. Add vanilla and salt, mix together. Add powdered sugar and milk until you get a thick, spreadable consistency. Add food coloring, if desired (you want to keep it white for these bars).


This makes a lot of frosting. If you want a thick layer of frosting, use it all. Otherwise, you could half the frosting recipe, or leave out the cream cheese so you don't have to waste the extra frosting. I have made it several times without the cream cheese, and it's just fine that way too ( a little sweeter).

Whenever I make these bars, mine cook closer to 18 minutes. I would set the timer for like 12 minutes and then just keep an eye on them.


Have a happy & relaxing Sunday! I’ll see you tomorrow 🙂


recipe from here (LOVE her blog!)

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  1. says

    What a cute idea, it is almost too pretty to cut, but I feel certain that I could be convinced to do so because they look delicious.

    • Together As Family says

      haha 🙂 Thanks Debbie! I almost did not want to cut it. Thanks so much for visiting and commenting 🙂

  2. says

    What an awesome project! I really liked it and will be sure to pass it down to my sister-in-law and her three kiddos! I’m not sure I have introduced myself or not, but my name is Niki, and I’m one of your fellow Merry Monday hosts, and wanted to let you know that I love your blog and hope to catch up on several of your other projects this week, too! Have an awesome week!

    • Together As Family says

      Thank you. Hi Niki! Yes, Merry Monday. On my to-do list is to visit all the hosts of that link party 🙂 I will get to it, so much great stuff. Thanks so much for visiting and saying hi! I will definitely be visiting yours soon.

  3. says

    FABULOUS cookie bars! Love how you placed the M & M’s…I may have to try this as I am crazy wild about red, white & blue foodie fun. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Weekend Potluck.

    • Together As Family says

      I agree! My favorite thing about the 4th is all the red, white, blue food stuff you can do! So fun 🙂 Thanks for visiting and for hosting a great link party every weekend.

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