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Gingerbread M&M Cookie Bars with Gingerbread M&M Buttercream

With M&M’s in both the bars and the frosting, these Gingerbread M&M Cookie Bars with Gingerbread M&M Buttercream will be your new go-to Gingerbread recipe.

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Ever since Shelly posted about M&M buttercream, I haven’t stopped thinking about it. I mean, what could be better than M&Ms ground up into the sweet goodness of powdered sugar and butter? When I saw these fun Gingerbread M&M’s in the store, I immediately knew they were destined for buttercream.

On a side note, my daughter has eaten M&Ms probably three times in her entire life (I’m talking 1 M&M each time…so yeah…total three M&Ms?) and each time had a lot to do with saying buh-bye to diapers if you catch my drift. Anyways, any time we are walking through the store, it’s like she is drawn to them. She spots them right away! “M&Ms! M&Ms!” That girl knows a good thing when she sees it.

Gingerbread M&M Cookie Bars from RachelCooks.com

So to make these scream Christmas and scream it loud, I put Gingerbread M&Ms in the dough and in the frosting. I also subtly spiced the dough with gingerbread spices that everyone knows and loves. The result is a gingerbread bar unlike any other you’ve ever had. Plus there is chocolate. I never really liked plain ol’ gingerbread cookies. Kind of dry, kind of boring. Throw some chocolate in and some buttecream? Now we’re talking.


Gingerbread M&M Cookie Bars from RachelCooks.com


Gingerbread M&M Cookies with Gingerbread M&M Buttercream

Yield: 20-24 bars

Prep Time: 35 minutes

Cook Time: 16 minutes

With M&M's in both the bars and the frosting, these Gingerbread M&M Cookie Bars with Gingerbread M&M Buttercream will be your new go-to Gingerbread recipe.


for the bars
    • 2 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened (2 sticks)
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 3/4 powdered sugar
    • 1 tablespoon molasses
    • 2 egg yolks
    • one 9.9 ounce package of Gingerbread M&Ms, divided
for the frosting
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened (1 stick)
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • remaining Gingerbread M&Ms from 9.9 ounce package
  • sprinkles, optional


for the bars
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper and spray parchment paper with nonstick cooking spray.
    2. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Set aside.
    3. Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter, salt, powdered sugar and molasses until combined. With the mixer on low, add in egg yolks and mix until combined. With the mixer on low, slowly add in dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Stir in 1 cup of the M&Ms by hand.
    4. Spread evenly into prepared pan (you might want to use your hands to pat it down into an even layer). Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 14-16 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.
for the frosting
  1. For the frosting, begin by turning the leftover M&Ms into a sand-like powder using a blender or a food processor. Then, use a hand mixer or a stand mixer to cream together all ingredients. Spread evenly over bars and then freeze for at least a half hour or until firm. Remove from pan and cut into bars. Store in refrigerator.

Verdict: Good! Very sweet, but very good.
Husband’s take: I think he liked these even more than I did, which is weird. Usually he only likes chocolate chip cookies.
Changes I would make: None are necessary.
Difficulty: Easy.

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9 Responses to “Gingerbread M&M Cookie Bars with Gingerbread M&M Buttercream”

  1. Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — December 6, 2013 at 7:12 am

    How did I not know about gingerbread M&Ms?! I love gingerbread! So these cookie bars would be right up my alley. I definitely have to hunt down some of these candies!

  2. denise — December 6, 2013 at 7:12 am

    heaven, I’m in heaven

  3. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef — December 6, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    What a clever idea – that’s Christmas in your hand!

  4. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — December 6, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    I have a bag of these M&M’s for a recipe I have planned, but now I kind of what to try these.

  5. Kathryn — December 8, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    I can’t tell you how much I wish I could find gingerbread M&Ms over here! These bars sound totally amazing.

  6. Philia Kelnhofer — December 9, 2013 at 11:47 am

    These look mouthwateringly good!! And I love how festive they are, can’t wait to try them!

  7. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — December 10, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    Kinda sorta (okay, MEGA) digging that pulverized M&M frosting! Awesomeness. I totally want a huge slab of these with a tall glass of chocolate milk STAT!!

  8. Donna Howard — December 21, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Made these today! Total yum. Although my frosting was a bit ‘runny’ — hasn’t really set up yet but will put it in the fridge all night and maybe that will do it. It was in for over an hour already. But the taste – to die for!! Thank you


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