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What happens when you combine brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and M&M’s? These delicious and festive Red, White, and Blue Brookie Bars – the perfect 4th of July dessert recipe.
Today I want to give a huge shout out to my wonderful husband and all our friends who serve our great country. I’m extremely proud of my husband and everything he sacrifices to fight for our freedom. We’ve been married for 13 years and he has probably spent half that time away on a ship. There are times when it is difficult but I support him 100% because he works hard everyday for our family. In the 13 years that he’s been in the Navy, he has never called in sick to work, he has never been late to work, and he has never complained once about being in the Navy. I can honestly say that he loves his job and he truly loves being a sailor.
We are proud to be a military family so I was so excited to discover the “1 For You, 1 For the Troops” campaign while shopping at Walmart over the weekend. Have you heard of it? It’s Operation Gratitude and it’s awesome! This is how it works – Every time you buy a specially marked bag of Red, White, and Blue M&M’s® and Skittles® , MARS will donate one bag to the troops. How GREAT is that? One more reason to love M&M’s® – Like I really needed another reason to love them more than I already did. Now I can totally justify buying them every time I’m out shopping. It’s important to support the companies who support our military troops:)
I also learned a new fun fact this weekend. M&M’s® were originally created for the troops. They were sold exclusively to the military and included in the American soldier’s rations. My husband and I were both surprised to learn this and I was able to teach Connor what a ration was. We also learned that the hard candy shell was created to keep the chocolate from melting during the hot summer months.
Well, now that your craving chocolate, It’s time for me to share these Brownie Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars also known as Brookie Bars. Have you ever been faced with the difficult decision of having to make either brownies or chocolate chip cookies? Well, have no fear – now you can make them both together. Add some M&M’s® and you’ve got one of the best dessert recipes ever!
Red, White, and Blue Brookie Bars
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 35 minutes
- Total Time: 50 minutes
- Yield: 16 bars 1x
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 1 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3/4 cup flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup M&M’s®
Chocolate Chip Cookie Layer
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 egg
- 1 1/4 cup flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1 cup M&M’s®
Make Brownie Batter:
- Preheat oven to 350° degrees. Grease an 8×8 square pan or line with foil and set aside.
- In a medium bowl combine melted butter and cocoa and sugar stir until fully dissolved.
- Add eggs and vanilla and stir until well combined.
- Stir in flour and salt until the flour is fully combine.
- Fold in M&M’s®.
- Spread brownie batter in pan.
Make Cookie Dough:
- Cream butter and sugars in medium mixing bowl.
- Add vanilla and egg. Continue to mix together.
- Stir in flour, baking soda, salt, and chocolate chips and mix until well combined.
- Drop cookie dough in small spoonfuls over brownie batter.
- Sprinkle M&M’s® over cookie dough.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes. Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes before cutting.
Yum! Don’t they look delicious? I can tell you right now they taste amazing and it was hard for me not to eat the entire pan myself. I made this batch with M&M’s® Peanut but next time I’m going to make them with M&M’s® Peanut Butter.
And as a Navy wife, I love any opportunity to support our troops. I created this fun little printable and attached them to bags of red, white, and blue skittles. Then Connor went around to our neighbors who are also in the Navy and handed them out to thank them for their service. Just one small way we can show our gratitude and appreciation. Download the free printable HERE.
Pick up a few bags of M&M’s® Red, White, & Blue Milk Chocolate, M&M’s® Red, White, & Blue Peanut, and Skittles® Red, White, & Blue the next time your shopping at Walmart so you can help support our troops too. A few stores will also have in-store events with representatives sharing information about the “1 For You, 1 For the Troops” campaign.