*If you have a service member overseas, these M&M Oatmeal Bar cookies are my most requested recipe to send. They travel very well and stay moist. I’ve had packages take as long as three weeks to arrive, only still get rave reviews when I’d tucked these bars inside! If you can, send a package. It make a world of difference!
These M&M Oatmeal Bars were almost impossible to get a photo of. It seemed a soon as I cut them they started flying off the platter. Finally, I was forced to hide this little guy and he had to pose all by his lonesome :(. Poor little cookie, its not his fault he’s moist and tender, tasting of brown sugar and butter and dotted with candy coated chocolates.
Fortunately, these things are a snap to make. They may actually be the easiest cookies I bake come to think of it. I first discovered these M&M Oatmeal Bars two years ago. It was ten o’clock at night and I had already gone to bed. Suddenly, the thought occurred to me that I really should make my daughter’s preschool teacher something because I hadn’t baked for her in a while (We miss you, Miss Rose!).
I immediately thought to the Pioneer Baking Mix in my pantry as I had been cruising their website earlier for recipes. I was also curious as to what a cookie made with baking mix would taste like. Thirty minutes later, two pans of these sat cooling on the counter and I was in bed again, this time only dreaming of baking rather than getting up to actually do it. *You can substitute Bisquick if you like.
For those who may not know me I want to say yes, it is completely logical to decide to bake something on the spur of the moment, no matter the hour :). I just love to feed people. 🙂
To make these M&M Oatmeal Bars you’ll need: Brown sugar, old fashioned oats, vanilla, Pioneer Brand Baking Mix, Candy Coated Chocolate Candies, a stick of butter, and One Egg.
Now the original recipe called for both light and brown sugar but I just use whatever I have on hand, which is light in this case. I have also made these with quick oats and they have been just as wonderful.
In a mixing bowl, place oats and brown sugar.
Check out my bowl, I’m going to show you the outside view here in a minute.
Melt butter in microwave and pour in.
Stir all of that up. Normally I use an electric mixer and I do recommend that but I was feeling lazy and it honestly wasn’t difficult to just stir it all up good with a stiff spoon.
Of course, then again, I am a professional. ~snickers~ Just kidding. 🙂
Its cute when people take me seriously. 🙂
Toss in your candies.
Remember when blonde jokes were all the rage? You can only imagine how many I heard! I loved them though, so darn cute!
Why did the blonde get fired from the M&M factory?
She kept throwing away all the ones with “W’s” on them.
Spray an 8×8 pan with cooking spray. Y’all know I don’t even buy name brand in that, either.
Pat it out into your pan.
Then let your kids put more M&M’s on top. Katy likes to push hers down into the dough a bit.
Oh look, this is that bowl I used to mix this up in. I have a thing for antique mixing bowls and depression glass. I see no reason to spend money on modern things when I can put money into something of real value with a history to it. This is a Tulip pattern Fire King bowl and I have a whole set of them, thanks to Southern Plate!
One of these days I’m going to have to devote a post to all of my neat antique dishes that y’all have helped me buy.
Now bake the M&M Oatmeal Bars at 350 for about twenty minutes. Mine always take about twenty five minutes.
Voila! Easy Peasey, delicious, buttery tasting, brown sugar lovin’, kid pleasin’, done in a jiffy even when you start them at ten o’ clock at night, COOKIES!
I just love my baking mix!
- 1/2 cup Rolled oats
- 1/2 cup M & M candies
- 1 cup Brown sugar packed (I use light or dark, whatever I have on hand)
- 2 cup Pioneer Biscuit & Baking Mix
- 1 Egg
- 1/2 cup butter melted
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- Combine everything in a mixing bowl except candies. Mix until well blended. Stir in candies, reserving a few to place on top. Pat into greased 8x8 pan and bake at 350 for about twenty minutes. Allow to cool and cut into bars.
(Good luck being able to wait until they cool! These things smell amazing!)
Special thanks to my little neighbor, Grayson, for letting Brady borrow your reading book last night! He knocked on the door right after I had cut these and I sent him home with a few :). Hope you liked them, Grayson! We appreciate the help!
You might also enjoy this recipe! Awesome Oatmeal Cookies
First let me say that I looovveee your site! I check it often and get really excited when I find something new on here! I made these M&M bars last week and I had the same problem Angela did. My Walmart didn’t have Pioneer baking mix so I bought another kind. I baked them for about 35 minutes and they were still really doughy. They tasted good, just the texture was off. Any suggestions?
Keep up the great recipes!!!
I made these tonight and used Valentine M&M’s. I doubled the recipe, used Jiffy baking mix (no Pioneer in my neck of the woods), and baked in Pampered Chef’s large bar pan. Came out a little crumbly but still delicious!
I tried this recipe Saturday – then my daughter and 3 grandkids came for lunch after church, and ate up every bite. So, I made more last evening (so my husband could have some). I did not have M&M’s, but semi-sweet chocolate chips worked. This will be a favorite, I am sure. (By the way, I am using Aldi’s generic baking mix and it tastes great.)
My sister and I created a family favorites cookbook to give our daughters and daughter-in-laws for Christmas. The problem is, I am going to have to publish an update later this year. I am finding so many favorites on your site. Loved your dad’s favorite coconut cake!
I made these for the superbowl party. My neighbors request them now!
These were a HUGE hit at the Superbowl party tonight… the grown men were the ones who gobbled this one… I hardly have leftovers… yum!!
OK….so I made these tonight and they didn’t turn out like I expected. the dough looked a little wet going into the pan and I cooked them 15 minutes longer than it called for and they were still REALLY moist and heavy. I wonder what happened. Teen daughter LOVED them slightly underdone so I guess I hit a homerun there.
I made a double batch in a 9×13 pan. I wonder if I need to add more baking mix to a double batch. Weird. Thoughts?
Im gonna go out an buy this an make these m&m bars….i been looking for recipes for this baking mix online….there hard to find.