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Loaded Candy Cookie Bars

by Emily on March 21, 2013

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Packed with Cadbury Mini Eggs, marshmallows, and two kinds of chocolate chips, these Loaded Candy Cookie Bars will satisfy just about anyone’s sweet tooth. And if you’re anything like me, they’ll also use up the stash of seasonal candy you have lying around your kitchen.

I don’t know what it is, but there is something about a seasonal candy display that draws me in like a moth to a flame. As much as I try, I simply can’t resist a 5 foot inflatable bunny rabbit peddling egg shaped candies and neon colored marshmallow chicks. It’s a weakness.

These cookie bars are product of an impulse buy from last time I was sucked into the Easter Bunny’s sugary orbit. I saw a bag of Cadbury Mini Eggs (not the cream filled kind, but I love those as well) with the words ‘Royal Dark’ emblazoned across the front. Needless to say, Mr. Rabbit had my immediate attention.

Seasonal shaped candies? Check. Dark Chocolate? Check. Pretty pastel colors? Check. It was a match made in chocoholic heaven.

Well, I quickly snatched up 3 bags of these mini eggs (lest I run out) and happily headed home. The sensible part of me soon regretted the ‘three bag’ choice because frankly, I’m still carrying a little holiday weight (do the holiday’s ever really stop?) and having 3 bags of these little dark chocolate, candy coated eggs around the house was bound to be bad news. Luckily, because they are peanut-free, I could pawn some off on my kids (my 3 year old has a peanut allergy), but that was only going to take care of so many.

The answer to my problem lay in a seriously candy packed recipe. That coupled with the fact that I have been in a completely casual and fuss free dessert mode lately, made a simple batch of cookie bars the obvious choice.

The base of these bars is a fairly straight forward chocolate chip cookie but that’s where the normalcy ends. These Loaded Candy Cookie Bars are stuffed and topped with mini marshmallows, dark and white chocolate chips, as well as those Cadbury Mini Eggs that I mentioned. You could honestly use any little chocolate candy that you like in place of the Cadbury Mini Eggs. This recipe is very flexible. Go wild and experiment with your very own favorite candies. I’m sure the results will be delicious.

Enjoy!
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Loaded Candy Cookie Bars

March 21st, 2013

Yield: 24 bars

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time:

Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup chopped Cadbury Mini Eggs (I used Royal Dark but you could use Milk Chocolate if you prefer), divided
1 cup miniature marshmallows, divided
1 cup dark chocolate chips, divided
1 cup white chocolate, coarsely chopped, divided

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan with non-stick spray. Set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating briefly between each egg. Add vanilla and beat for an addition 30 seconds.

3. With the mixer on low, slowly add the dry ingredients to the mixer bowl. Beat until ingredients are just combined.

4. Using a sturdy wooden spoon or spatula, fold in half of the Cadbury Mini Eggs, half of mini marshmallows, half of the dark chocolate chips and half of the white chocolate chips. The dough will be very stiff.

5. Spread cookie dough evenly into the prepared baking pan. Sprinkle the top of the cookie dough with the remaining Cadbury Mini Eggs, marshmallows, and both kinds of chocolate chips.

6. Bake cookie bars for about 35 minutes or until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the cookie bars comes out clean.

7. Allow the bars to cool completely before cutting. Cut into 24 bars and serve. Extra cookie bars can be stored, covered, at room temp for up 4 days.

About Emily

Emily is the cook, baker, photographer and rambler behind the blog, Jelly Toast. Aside from taking photos of everything she eats, her days are spent being a short order cook, story teller, tea party guest and giver-of-snuggles to her two kiddos. She has not yet mastered the clean-as-you-go cooking style, but has high hopes for the future.


{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Holiday Baker Man March 21, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Wow…. tons ‘o stuff in these!

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar March 21, 2013 at 3:00 pm

I am sooo into these! Yum!

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Tieghan March 21, 2013 at 11:33 pm

oh yum! These look amazing!

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Ali | Gimme Some Oven March 22, 2013 at 9:22 am

These sound so great! Love all that chocolate!

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Chels R. March 22, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Those looks sinful!

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Kiran @ KiranTarun.com March 22, 2013 at 11:29 pm

Love the mini eggs! I need this in my life :)

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Jess March 26, 2013 at 9:50 am

Do you think they would be okay if I left out the marshmallows? Or should I substitute something?

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Emily March 26, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Hi Jess! Yes, I think if you left the marshmallows out it would be fine. You could substitute (if you wanted) chopped up caramels or toffee chips perhaps. Or just increase the other mix ins if you want. Either way, leaving them put or replacing this, I think it would work just fine. Thanks so much for stopping by!!

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Julia | JuliasAlbum.com March 27, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Oh yes, I’d definitely go for one of these cookie bars loaded with dark Cadbury mini eggs (no milk chocolate)! Melted marshmallows on top of cookie bars look amazing, making the bars look much lighter in color than they actually are. So Pretty!

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Brian @ A Thought For Food March 28, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Danger danger! These look mighty good!

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Sara March 28, 2013 at 2:25 pm

Everything I’ve made of yours has been awesome! These were no exception. I made them for a co-workers birthday today and my whole office is on a sugar high. I did substitute the milk chocolate mini eggs for the dark and toffee chips I had on hand for the white chocolate chips, because those were what I had on hand. (I too was taken in by the 3 for, PLUS I had a coupon… and I like to eat the dark chocolate mini eggs too much to ever put them “in” anything.) One thing I found when making this – I smashed the mini eggs with the back of the knife to get them to break up a little bit before actually chopping.

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Laura April 3, 2013 at 8:52 am

Hey!
Mhhh, yummy! It looks soooo delicious! Must try them!
I love your website, your recipes, everything you do – you’ve got talent!!!!
Lots if love,
Laura

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Anne April 18, 2013 at 10:33 am

I always love seeing what you whip up on your blog and your pictures make my mouth water. This is no exception…and I love when I get to use up my stash of random candies on baked goodies. Thanks for sharing!
Anne @ circusberry.wordpress.com

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Charlotte March 12, 2014 at 6:06 pm

Can I ask why there is so much salt added? What would happen if it wasn’t added at all? Thank you!

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Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies April 16, 2014 at 11:13 pm

Holy cow, Em. These HAVE TO BE MADE.

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Mayra May 18, 2014 at 7:32 pm

Hi there! Tried these today, and used MM’s instead of the mini eggs (that’s what I could find at the supermarket). The dough raised a bit more than expected, so I’ll use a larger pan next time – I guess that’s because of ingredient/brand differences. The bars came out very pretty, chewy, and they were a great success among my friends! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! :)
BTW, did anyone try to bake these in cupcake/muffin pans?

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