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How to make Patriotic Cookie Dough Brownie Bars

Patriotic Cookie Dough Brownie Bars

Patriotic Cookie Dough Brownie Bars are thick and fudgy brownies topped with edible cookie dough & patriotic M&M's for a super delicious holiday treat.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword brownie, chocolate, cookie dough, M&M's
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Chill 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 16 brownies


  • 6 ounces dark chocolate
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup butter
  • ¾ tsp instant coffee granules
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 10 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp table salt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract


  • ¾ cup butter- softened
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar- packed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp table salt
  • ½ cup Patriotic M&M’s


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line a 8×8 pan with parchment paper.
  • In a medium microwave-safe bowl, combine the dark and semi-sweet chocolate, the butter, and the coffee granules.
  • Cover loosely & microwave 30 seconds, stir & microwave another 15 seconds more to melt the butter & chocolate.
  • Add the sugars, stir until completely dissolved. Let the mixture cool to room temperature.
  • Add in the eggs.
  • Fold in the flour, cocoa, salt, & vanilla just until all white streaks are gone.
  • Pour into prepared pan.
  • Bake 28-30 minutes or until a toothpick test is clean.
  • Refrigerate the brownies to rapidly cool them so it is easier to add the cookie dough.
  • While the brownies are cooling, prepare the cookie dough.
  • Combine butter, sugar, brown sugar & vanilla in a mixing bowl & beat until light & fluffy.
  • Add in sea salt & flour – mix until well combined.
  • Fold in half of the M&M's.
  • Spread over the top of the cooled brownies in an even layer.
  • Sprinkle with remaining M&M’s and press them into the top.
  • Chill for at least 1 hour for the cookie dough to firm before cutting.


**If you are concerned about killing bacteria in the flour, you can either pour the flour onto a baking sheet & bake in a 350-degree oven for 5 minutes or place on a microwave-safe plate & microwave for at least 1-2 minutes or until it reaches 160 degrees before adding to your dough mixture.