Red White and Blue Flourless Cookie Bars
Red, White, and Blue Flourless Cookie Bars are loaded with patriotic and festive m&m's, oats, peanut butter, and chocolate chips. Perfect for a crowd!
Servings 40 cookie bars
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 4 1/2 cups quick oats
- 1 cup miniature chooclate chips
- 1 1/2 cups red white & blue m&m's
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a cookie sheet (12" x 17") by spraying with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, or bowl of stand mixer with the paddle attachment, combine butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and peanut butter. Mix until fluffy and pale in color. About 1-2 minutes.
Mix in the eggs and vanilla extract and blend together to combine.
Add the baking soda, quick oats, chocolate chips, and m&m's. Mix to combine together. ** If wanted, reserve some chocolate chips and m&m's to press on top of the bars before baking.
Dump cookie dough onto the prepared cookie sheet and spread out. The dough is sticky so you may want to spray your hands with cooking spray to make it easier. You can also drop big spoonfuls of the dough all over the cookie sheet and then spread out. This makes it easier to spread out.
Gently press the reserved chocolate chips and m&m's on top of the cookie bars.
Cook for 17-19 minutes. The edges should be golden brown and pulling away from the sides of pan, but the middle may still look slightly undercooked. That's ok. Let the bars cool in the pan for at least 30 minutes, and then cut into squares.
To make cutting the bars easy use a pizza cutter.
Some readers have reduced the sugars in this recipe with good results. I have always used the amount called for and we love it.
I do not recommend using all-natural peanut butter in this recipe. It tends to dry out baked goods like these cookie bars.