I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…I really feel no get-together is complete without something sweet to eat. Game watching or tail-gating is no different.
But, these gatherings are not really the place to bring out a tiered cake or serve complicated desserts. Something simple is better. Something that is easy to make and transports well and folks can serve themselves.
Bring on the bar cookie…
Makes 16 bars
1 cup unsalted butter, plus more for greasing pan
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp coarse salt
about 3/4 cup M&Ms or other candy coated chocolates
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat an 8-inch square baking pan with butter; line pan with parchment paper with about a 2-inch overhang, and butter paper.
Melt butter then, combine with sugars until smooth.
Whisk in eggs and vanilla.
Add flour and salt; stir until just moistened.
Transfer batter to prepared pan and smooth top. Arrange candies in rows on top of dough.
I used only autumn colors of yellow, orange, red, and brown, but you should do as you prefer. You can use team colors, or mix them all randomly.
Bake about 45 minutes or until top is golden brown and a tester comes out clean.
Set pan on wire rack to let cool completely. Then, using edges of parchment, lift from pan and transfer to a cutting board.
Cut into 16 squares.
Store in an airtight container at room temperature. If the cookies make it past the first night, they will last about 2 days in an airtight container.