In a Pinch Thursdays: One-Bowl M&M Cookie Bars (w/ Coconut Oil)

One-Bowl M&M Cookie Bar (w/ coconut oil)

One-Bowl M&M Cookie Bar (w/ coconut oil)

Because my husband and I work with college students, I am always looking for dessert recipes that can feed a crowd and are SUPER easy to throw together on a whim!  I also cannot stand doing dishes so add to my wish list a one-bowl recipe – and I’m one happy gal.  I found this recipe through Parent Pretty and decided to make a few changes to make them more my own.  I substituted coconut oil for vegetable oil and only used mini M&Ms – I’m one of those folks that doesn’t like my cookies super chocolatey.  Crazy, I know.  When I drive through Chick-Fil-A to order a diet coke and chocolate chip cookie (Oh you must try!) it goes something like this: “Hi, can I have a medium diet coke and cookie not heated.” (b/c when they’re heated they are way too chocolatey and it oozes everywhere as opposed to an unheated cookie that has nice solid chocolate chunks – anybody with me?)  And without fail I get this response, “So I have a medium diet coke and a non-heated cookie?” (with a bewildering tone).

Oh and HAPPY HALLOWEEN to all:)

1 box yellow cake box mix

1 box vanilla pudding

2 eggs (lightly beaten)

1/4 c water

3/4 c coconut oil (I use Trader Joe’s – cheaper than any other) (you can use vegetable oil if you don’t have coconut oil)

3/4 c mini M&Ms + Handful of mini M&Ms

Preheat oven to 350.  Grease 10×13 pan.  Combine all ingredients in a one bowl and pour into pan and sprinkle an extra handful of M&Ms over top of batter.  Bake for 25 minutes or until fork comes out clean.  Allow to cool before serving.  I thought they were even better the second day!

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