Two bags of M&M's in the cabinet. One with almonds and the other one dark chocolate. Did you know dark chocolate is good for you? ( wink)
Picked up the candy awhile ago. Carol and I found a recipe for monster zucchini cookies loaded with m&m's. Carol made them for her grandsons and I wanted to hold off since I was whipping out zucchini recipes right and left .
My sweet tooth was awaken when I went off my diet. It sort of has a GPS for sweets in the house and steered me straight to the cabinet with an unopened bag crying my name.Linda- I'm here!
What to do? You know we were on our way to Florida and no way I wanted that bag to go with us. I opened the bag and begin senseless eating. UGH!
With half the bag gone the "healthy" Linda shouted -ARE YOU NUTS? It took over two months to take off some off the weight and now you want to add more to what you already put back on!
Guilt- I needed to find a recipe to get the candy into and give it to the kids.
I found a recipe on Parent Pretty.
I wasn't sure what size box of cake mix to use. I'm old enough to have noticed the downsizing of food, including cake mix.
Some of the old ones were 18.25 ounces and now are 15.25 ounces.
The mix I used had pudding included in it so I didn't add the vanilla pudding.
To make up for the loss of pudding I added 1/4 cup of flour.
1 18.25 oz. yellow cake mix ( used white mix with pudding- see note below regarding using cake mix with less then 18.25 ounces)
1 (3.4 ounce) vanilla pudding ( didn't use)
1/4 cup water
3/4 cup vegetable or canola oil *
1/2 cup semi- sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup m&m's
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Pour the cake mix, the pudding mix ( if your cake mix does not have pudding in it),water,oil ( which I cut from 3/4 cup to 1/2 cup), eggs in a large bowl. I added 1/4 cup of flour to make up for not adding the pudding box. Mix with a kitchen aid or a hand held electric mixer.
You can also substitute applesauce for the oil. Most sources recommend a 1:1 swap. In this recipe you could use 3/4 cup applesauce in place of the 3/4 cup oil.
Add the chocolate chips and the m&m's to the bowl and mix both in until combined.
Prepare a 10x13 with baking spray and spread the batter into the pan.
Bake the bars for 20-30 minutes. The bars should be removed when the edges are brown.
I took the bars out of the oven at 25 minutes. Next time I would insert a toothpick in the bars to test if they are done. The directions state that "if it looks sort of raw in the middle but the edges are brown and starting to get crisp- they are perfect".
The kids came over and loved these. They are sweet and with plenty of m&m's in the bars.
The recipe for Pink Lemonade Cookies has the 3 ounce upsizer. I would use the upsizer if I could not find the 18.25 ounces