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

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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!

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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 πŸ™‚ 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.

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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 ONLYΒ 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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

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


  • Heat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray, or use shortening.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Frosting
  • 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 πŸ™‚


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    June 21, 2015 at 9:15 am What a cute idea! I love frosted sugar cookies, so these would be right up my alley!
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    June 21, 2015 at 2:05 pm 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.
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      Together As Family
      June 21, 2015 at 10:34 pm haha :) Thanks Debbie! I almost did not want to cut it. Thanks so much for visiting and commenting :)
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    Misty Nicole Roberts
    June 22, 2015 at 10:46 am 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!
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      Together As Family
      June 22, 2015 at 10:51 am 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.
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    The Better Baker
    June 28, 2015 at 3:05 pm 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.
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      Together As Family
      June 28, 2015 at 8:51 pm 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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