Nutella M&M Bars

Adding Nutella and baking this cookie dough in a pan is a great way to kick up your cookie baking skills this weekend.  These Nutella M&M Bars are easy, delicious, and fun to make.

Nutella M&M Bars - these easy bars are soft and full of Nutella and candy

 Some days I want cookies, but I don’t want all the work that comes along with it.  Ok, ok, I realize that making cookies is not really that hard to do.  That’s just the lazy side of me coming out here and there.

These cookie sticks were a result of my laziness one day.  We had family visiting us, and I wanted to make cookies but didn’t want to spend time away from them in the kitchen.  

Nutella M&M Bars - these easy bars are soft and full of Nutella and candy

Pudding cookies are one of my favorite cookies to make.  I love how soft and absolutely delicious the box of pudding makes the cookies.

For this cookie I added a box of chocolate pudding and some Nutella.   Can I just say how much I love Nutella?  Like “eat it with a spoon every morning” kind of love it. #truestory

Just an FYI, they have a giant jar of Nutella the size of your head at Sam’s Club.  Seriously, it is the size of your head!  There is now one in my kitchen just waiting for a fun baking day (or just a “I need Nutella” moment)  I resisted the urge to buy 2 big jars.

Nutella M&M Bars - these easy bars are soft and full of Nutella and candy

Now for the best part of these cookies.  The dough just gets pressed evenly into a baking sheet with sides.  Now most times I refrigerate my dough to keep it from spreading when the cookies are baked, but since these cookies are being contained in a pan there is no need to do that.  Score a few points for less time in the kitchen.

These cookie sticks are also a fun way to use up your favorite candies.  I had a bag of M&M’s just sitting in the cupboard, so I added it to the dough.  Make sure to save some to press into the top of the dough, so you can see all the fun colors after they are done baking.

I’m thinking these would also be amazing with some peanut butter and the Reese’s Pieces I have hiding in the back of my baking cupboard.  Sounds like I’ll be baking more cookie sticks today :-)

Nutella M&M Bars - these easy bars are soft and full of Nutella and candy

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Nutella M&M Bars

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Yield: 20 bar cookies

Nutella M&M Bars

These soft cookie bars get a chocolate hit from Nutella and M&M candies.


3/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup Nutella spread
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 box instant chocolate pudding mix (3.4 ounces)
2 cups M&M candies


  1. In a mixing bowl beat the butter, Nutella, and sugars until creamy. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat again.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, and dry pudding mix. Slowly beat into the creamed butter mixture until completely mixed. Do not over mix. Stir 1 1/2 cups M&M's into the batter.
  3. Spray an 11x18 inch baking pan with non stick spray. Spread the batter into the pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-13 minutes. Let cool completely. Cut into 20 bars. Store in a sealed container.

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  1. says

    LOVE!!!! These look fantastic! I need to go buy the Nutella from Cosco. I finally got a jar of it for the house from the grocery store and I’m kind of hoarding it. I can’t decide if I want to just keep it for those “mommy moments” or if I want to bake something with it. So it’s just sitting there. Much like the oreos I bought before the super bowl that I won’t let anyone get into. Though I know Josh did eat some…and the cool whip in my freezer. I’m a hoarder. I have issues.
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  2. Jessica says

    So I am about to go make this but i don’t have an 11×7. I have a 9×13 and a jellyroll pan. Can I use the jellyroll pan?

    • says

      Have you measured your jelly roll pan? It probably is pretty close to an 11×17 pan. If it is smaller, bake the bars a minute or two longer. If the pan is bigger, bake the bars a little less. I hope that helps!

    • says

      I have never made these without the pudding mix in them. I know the cornstarch in the pudding mix is what makes them stay so soft. I would say maybe try a few tablespoons cocoa powder and 1 Tablespoon cornstarch in place. I can’t say for sure though since I haven’t done it that way. Let me know if you try it though!


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