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Peanut Sitting-Pretties Bar Cookies

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1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped salted peanuts
3/4 cup butter, softened
3-1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 to 5 tablespoons light cream
2 cups M&M candies
2 cups peanut M&M candies

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Peanut Sitting-Pretties Bar Cookies

  • Serves 24
  • Easy

About This Recipe

Peanut Sitting-Pretties is an old family recipe that we have been making for decades. It’s a tender brown sugar shortbread thumbprint cookie that is topped with frosting and peanut M&Ms. It’s a fabulous cookie, but pretty time-consuming and fussy to make.

So I thought – why not turn it into a bar cookie? This cuts about 2 hours off of the preparation time and the results are spectacular.

This cookie is ideal for both Easter and Christmas because you can use those cute seasonal M&M candies; pastel for Easter and red and green for Christmas.

Enjoy this wonderful bar cookie recipe with a cup of coffee or a glass of icy cold milk.



Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, combine 1 cup butter and brown sugar and beat until fluffy.


Add the egg yolks and 1 teaspoon vanilla and beat until combined.


Then add the flour and salt and beat just until mixed.


Spray a 9" x 13" baking pan with nonstick baking spray containing flour. Evenly distribute the peanuts in the pan.


Drop the cookie dough by spoonfuls onto the peanuts in the pan. Press down evenly, using floured fingers.


Bake for 18 to 23 minutes or until the bars are set and light golden brown. Cool completely.


In a large bowl, beat 3/4 cup butter with 1 cup powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla until fluffy. Gradually add remaining powdered sugar and the light cream, beating well after each addition, until the frosting is fluffy. This should be a firm frosting, not soft.


Spread the frosting over the bars and top with both kinds of M&M candies. Cut into squares to serve.


Linda has a B.S. in Food Science and Nutrition with High Distinction from the University of Minnesota. Linda has written 37 cookbooks (and Medical Ethics for Dummies) since 2005.

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