Peanut Butter Bars with Peanut M&M’s

Peanut Butter Bars with Peanut M&M's

Peanut Butter Bars with Peanut M&Ms

I have a problem. When a candy heavy holiday passes, I get this overwhelming urge to run out to the store to buy all the half price candy.

I know I’m not the only one.  Stop backing away from your computer screen, I know you do it too.

The problem is Easter, it is my true guilty pleasure, all the best candy comes out then.  Reese’s eggs, Snickers eggs, Butterfinger Eggs, M&M’s in ever flavor they make in pretty spring colors.

Peanut Butter Bars with Peanut M&Ms
Clearly, what you’ve gathered from my problem is that I like the good stuff and things that include peanut butter and/or peanuts.   C-Day arrived (that’s candy day, yo) and I hit the Duane Reade right before work and lucky me scored some nice bags of M&M’s!  It completely justified making some peanut butter bars, as those M&M’s need a vessel, other than being popped into my mouth!

Peanut Butter Bars with Peanut M&Ms
These bars are for all peanut butter lovers – these are chewy, with the perfect stick to the roof of your mouth peanut butter effect.  I bet you can’t just have one!

Peanut Butter Bars with Peanut M&M's
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  • 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup peanut M&M's


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees F and line a 8X8 baking baking with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the melted butter, sugars, eggs, vanilla extract and peanut butter until well combined.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Stir the flour mixture into the wet ingredients, careful not to over mix.
  4. Lastly, stir in the peanut M&M's making sure all the ingredients are fully combined.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and spread evenly with a spatula.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. The edges should be golden brown and slightly crispy.
  7. Let cool completely before removing.
  8. Store in an airtight container for up to one week.
Recipe Type: Dessert

Peanut Butter Bars with Peanut M&Ms

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8 thoughts on “Peanut Butter Bars with Peanut M&M’s

  1. Renee

    I’m guilty of loading up on the clearance holiday candy too. I can’t help myself. Oh and have I mentioned how much I love peanut butter? These bars are just right for me. Yum!

  2. Jenn and Seth

    i totally hoard the marked down candy as well – it would be silly of me to turn down a deal on one of my potty training bribes, er… i mean, positive reinforcement techniques.

    these look like an absolutely wonderful use of springtime candy 🙂

  3. Nancy @ gottagetbaked

    C-day is the best day! I’m such a sucker for holiday candy, especially when they hit the clearance bin. Best ever! And hells yeah to these peanut butter bars – PB cookies are one of my favourites.


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