Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Warming up the oven with M&M Cookie Bars

M&M cookies bar

I am home! Although we are only away for 4 days, I feel like we have left for a long time. And the feeling of returning home is comforting. No more map navigating and eating out daily for awhile.

And here we are. Finally coming to the end of a series of interview processes. All the possibilities have been unfolded, and it's up to OCT to decide where we are going to call home next.Of course that has to be a place which best matches his career interest. Unfortunately, it has become apparent that we will not be going to Seattle, although both of us have left our hearts there. Too bad one can not make his career move based on where the best croissants (or coffee)are served.

Oh well, we won't be moving until next year, so I shouldn't be thinking too much about that now. When we touched down at St Louis last Saturday, we were greeted with a pleasantly cooler weather before we left. That made me miss my oven, and I couldn't wait to heat it up and bake a batch of something. But what should I bake? While we were in Atlanta, OCT teased me that I better bake/cook something or I would have nothing to update my blog. "You better do some experiments, or you won't have materials to publish!" He assimilated my blog to his research work.

M&M cookies barI decided to bake a batch of M&M cookie bars as home welcoming treats for us. Besides, I am looking for an opportunity to use up some of the pink M&Ms I bought. They are available this time of the year in support of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Being a woman and having an aunt suffered from breast cancer, the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month holds a special place in my heart.

Seeing my aunt braved herself for the chemotherapy sessions and suffered the side effects from it, lossing her weights, hair and appetite; it saddened all our family members. How I wish she had armed herself with more information about breast cancer earlier and know to seek treatment sooner. She was diagnosed more than 2 years ago and started chemotherapy right away. Because of that, she couldn't attend my wedding. And I couldn't tell you how sad and disappointed I was, not having my favorite aunt there with me, on my big day.

So here's my contribution for the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and my wish that there will be better cure for the disease, and awareness of the disease among women around the world.

M&M cookies bar

M&M Cookie Bars

As seen in Joe's blog- Culinary in the Country

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup butter, melted (I let it go on the stove until it started to turn a little brown and nutty)
2 1/4 cups brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups M&M's

Preheat the oven to 350. Lightly spray a 10 X 15" jelly roll pan with non-stick spray.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.

In another large bowl, combine the melted butter and brown sugar, stirring until evenly distributed. Allow to cool slightly. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating very well after each one. Mix in vanilla extract. Stir in the flour mixture and when combined add in the M&M's. Spread the batter into the prepared pan.

Bake for 24-26 minutes, until they are shiny and golden brown on top. Try not to overbake these or they will be dry. A cake tester will most likely not come out clean. Remove from the oven and cool completely before cutting.

*****Note: I cut the recipe in half and bake it in a 9x9 square baking pan. It takes 20 minutes to bake. Because I used 2 eggs, the texture of the cookie bars turned out on the cakey side.


Deborah said...

These are so pretty in pink!! I love anything with m&ms!! :)

Hillary said...

How adorable and delicious! They're perfect for October Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Anne said...

Love the colors and looks yummy indeed!

Anh said...

A fabulous recipe! And your photos are just sooo beautiful!

Nabeela said...

how sweet of you to bake for cancer awareness. The pink m & ms look so cute!

PASSIONATE BAKER....and beyond. said...

These are lovely. I took one look at them and wished you had entered them for the Think Pink for Pinktober at ecupcakes.blogspot.com/.
Am sorry I came acroos your blog a bit late...but then saw the write-up. Spot On!!
I did a Pink Birthday Cake for the Dh's birthday with only pink in mind...do drop by and take a look when you have a moment!! Cheers

Oh for the love of food! said...

Hey Mandy, your pink M&M cookie bars look delicious. Hope you and OCT will find the perfect job and place to live.

Bernice said...

They're soooooo sweeeet!!! I love the colours!!! Bet they're just as yummy! =D

Belinda said...

How beautiful, Mandy...I love the pink m&ms...what a lovely idea, and just perfect for October Breast Cancer Awareness. I love how OCT said that if you didn't do more baking, you would have no material to publish! I bet he approved of these delicious cookie bars. :-)

Joe said...

Thank you for including the notes about your Aunt! Love the bars - definitely one of our favorite recipes. I quite like how the darkish tones of the bars set off the pink M&Ms!

tigerfish said...

Nice colors....the M&M matches your blog background color!

Aimei said...

Beautiful M&Ms with the bars! I've not seen these pink M&Ms before! So nice of you to contribute to the Breast Cancer Awareness. :) My grandma died of breast cancer, cos' it was treated too late. Hope everyone will have a better awareness and get it treated early when disgnosed.

Aimei said...

Hi Mandy,

Wonder if you still remembered I had post some questions regarding use of herbs under one of your post: Basil-a great herb to try?

Hope you can reply when you are free? Take your time..:)

Patricia Scarpin said...

I'm gonna translate this recipe - my teenage sister is gonna love these, Mandy!

And the pink M&Ms are so adorable!

Paw Paw said...

Oh! I love the shades of pink...
Very nice photography!

Christy said...

Such cuties!!!Haha..such lovely pics...:D You must

ovenhaven said...

These look so pretty! I love the pink M&M's; you can't get any more girly than that :)

Mandy said...

thanks everyone for your lovely comments!
I will drop you an email on herbs shortly. Sorry for the delay.

Blonde Baker said...

These look really cute! Anything with m&m's is :)

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