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Lazy Cookie Bars – a recipe

Ever find yourself in a bind when you’re asked to bring dessert somewhere and you want to impress everyone and make something festive and delicious but you really want to put in minimal effort?  I do.  All the time!  I used to love making fancy things and trying new Pinterest recipes with 750 ingredients with a total time of 3 hours.  Then I had two kids.  And being a parent on holidays is exhausting!  All you moms out there feel me; you’ve got to get the Easter baskets together, stuff the eggs, hide the eggs (that’s on you, babe), get the fireworks, prepare the cookout food, make sure everyone is safely using the fireworks, shop high and low for the perfect Halloween costumes, do the matching make-up, buy candy for the trick-or-treaters, stuff the turkey, AND play Santa Claus.  All in one year (times how ever many children you have)!  And while all that is fun and makes the holidays 10000 times more enjoyable, something has got to give.  And for me, that was my fancy 3 hour desserts.

Which brings me here.  I feel awful keeping this recipe from you all knowing that some of you just don’t know about it.  So, being the nice person that I am, I’m going to share it with you all.  Here’s what you need:

One box yellow cake mix
2 eggs, beaten
5 tbs butter, melted
1 bag chocolate chips
1 bag festive M&Ms (optional)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degree.
  2. Mix all ingredients together, except the M&Ms.  Your batter will be very thick, and tricky to stir.  I like using a wooden spoon best.
  3. Spray a 9×13 glass casserole dish with non-stick spray and spread the batter from edge to edge.  Since the batter is so thick, I usually spray my hands with non-stick spray and use my hands to spread the batter.
  4. Top with the festive M&Ms.
  5. Pop in the oven for 20-25 minutes.  The edges should be browning and the center should be baked so that a toothpick would come out clean.
lazy cookie bars
I apologize for my last minute picture. They were eaten so quickly, I only had left overs to use for the photo!

That’s it!  Doesn’t that sound heavenly?  Five ingredient max, 30 minutes max, and you have a beautiful, delicious, festive dessert ready to feed a fairly large amount of people.

Until next time…

“Nothing says home like the smell of baking.”


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