Now that I’m on board with July 4th being around the corner, my kitchen has changed color. We’re looking very patriotic these days. I blame the sprinkles and M & Ms.
About two months ago, I spied patriotic M & Ms at Target. So I bought them, hid them from Kenny, and forgot about them. Until today. If you want a bar that’s as close as possible to white to set off the glory of these holiday-themed M & Ms, this white chocolate base is perfect. It has the consistency of a brownie but it’s made with white chocolate. Holy stars and stripes forever!
After spending part of last week in Lancaster doing summer things, I’ve also switched into my warm-weather wardrobe. All I need to do is find more petite maxi dresses. Do you know how hard it is to find those? Needles in haystacks, my friends.
Maxi dresses are gorgeous, comfy, and great alternative for those of us who aren’t crazy about putting aging thighs on display in shorts. The problem with them is (tall girls, feel free to read ahead) that they’re all made for people who are at least 5 foot 6, usually more. I know that because as a regular wearer of three-inch heels, the regular maxi dresses still drag on the ground a bit. I’m five foot two.
The same problem exists with pants, but to a lesser degree. Plus, I don’t find pants to be as appealing as loose, flowy maxi dresses. Especially not when it’s 90-plus degrees out. So here’s my plea to all clothing stores: please, in the name of all that’s summery and fresh and cool, make more maxi dresses for short women. You’ll be glad to not see our pasty legs. I promise.
While I don’t aim for pale white legs in the summer, I do like white when it’s in chocolate. Then it’s fine. Was that segue a bit rough for you? Well, I tried.
These bars are thick and fudgy in that white chocolate kinda way. They’re very simple to make: all you do is (carefully) melt white chocolate with butter in the microwave, mix in a few other ingredients, stir in the M & Ms, and bake. It’s that simple. As simple as throwing on a maxi dress.
Well, almost as simple. Over my time as a baking blogger, I’ve come to realize that simplicity is the first thing I look for in desserts. Baking desserts is a labor of love, and love shouldn’t be hard. Every now and then, it’s okay to spend a lot of time on something. But as a rule? Nope.
And fashion is the same. Basics can be best, as long as they have a bit of funk or flair. My maxi dresses work great as long as they don’t drag on the floor and have a bit of fun detail. And these M & Ms add just the right detail, and flair, to these simple bars.
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
1 and 1/2 cups July 4th M &Ms, divided
- Preheat the oven to 350. Coat a foil-lined 8-inch square pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter and white chocolate chips for 1 minute. Stir until smooth, microwaving in 20-second intervals if needed to melt the chocolate. Do not overheat!
- Stir in the eggs, sugar and vanilla until fully incorporated. Mix in the flour and stir again. Fold one cup of M & Ms into the batter, reserving the rest to press into the top.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan and put the reserved M & Ms on top. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden and set. Cool and cut into squares