The other day, my husband asked me, “How long do you think it would take you to make all of the recipes that you have torn out and bookmarked?”  He was referring to my addiction.  Whenever I want to buy another cookbook, my mom says, “Why would you want to buy another cookbook when you have every recipe you could want at your fingertips online?”  The first step to healing is to admit that you have a problem, right?  Well sweetsies, here goes.  Hi I’m Mercedes and I am addicted to cookbooks, cooking magazines, cooking blogs, and really any thing associated with recipes.  The biggest problem is, I don’t want to get better.  When my magazines come in the mail every month or a new cookbook arrives at my door, I am like a little girl that has just received a puppy.


I can’t wait to scour the pages and dogear or place a post-it tag onto the recipes that I want to try.  And then there are all of the talented bakers on the blogosphere.  You should see my “Recipes” folder in my email.  It’s slightly ridiculous (in a good way of course).

Last week I decided that it was time to make a dent in that folder.  When I saw this recipe from Allie, my mouth immediately started to water and I could not wait for an excuse to make these bars.  Coconut and chocolate is one of my favorite combinations and with the beautiful fall colored M&M’s in the store candy aisles, I couldn’t wait to make these ooey gooey bars.


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melt butter

cream together melted butter and sugars

add eggs, vanilla and salt

add flour, coconut and M&M’s

pour battre into prepared pan

bake until golden brown

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17 Comments ( Reply )

  1. maria fernanda
    Oct 17, 2011 @ 2:17 am

    i like so much your blog, your recipies …


    • Mercedes
      Oct 17, 2011 @ 5:43 pm

      Thank you for reading Maria and for the nice compliment!


  2. Anna Johnson
    Oct 17, 2011 @ 8:58 am

    Your post this morning was especially fun with the picture of puppies! 🙂 These bars look delicious….. I made the pad thai this weekend- it was delish, now maybe I can start baking this weekend?! there are too many of your recipes to choose from though!


    • Mercedes
      Oct 17, 2011 @ 5:44 pm

      I’m so glad that the Pad Thai turned out well Anna! And glad you liked the puppies :)!


  3. movita beaucoup
    Oct 17, 2011 @ 12:57 pm

    If lovin’ recipes is wrong, then I don’t wanna be right! Lovely post – nice to hear I’m not alone in my… addiction.


    • Mercedes
      Oct 17, 2011 @ 5:44 pm

      I love hearing about other addicts, it makes me feel so normal! And thank you for the nice comment and for reading!


  4. emily (a nutritionist eats)
    Oct 17, 2011 @ 2:15 pm

    I am also addicted!!! (As you know!)
    PS. I just learned that you can buy them on the ipad and no one will know. 🙂 But that all depends on if you need a hard copy or not. 🙂


    • Mercedes
      Oct 17, 2011 @ 5:45 pm

      Ooooh, that is a good sneaky trick to buy them on the iPad!


  5. Ali
    Oct 18, 2011 @ 12:56 pm

    Hi Mercedes, you are just like my mom.. she’s so in love with cooking. I think you two need to hang out together 🙂 The puppies look adorable and the cookie bars… Yummy!!


    • Mercedes
      Oct 18, 2011 @ 8:07 pm

      Thank you Ali! Do you like to cook or just eat your mom’s creations 🙂 ? Thanks for reading!


      • Ali
        Oct 19, 2011 @ 2:58 am

        i prefer just eating cause I know I can’t make a delish like she does 🙂 I love your blog by the way 🙂


  6. Anna @ Food Fitness Frolicking
    Oct 18, 2011 @ 8:11 pm

    Just found your blog and I LOVE it! You’re so talented at photography and baking!


    • Mercedes
      Oct 18, 2011 @ 10:35 pm

      Thank you so much for the nice compliment Anna! I’m glad you are enjoying my blog!


  7. Jenjen
    Nov 16, 2011 @ 7:08 pm

    I have bags full of unsweetned coconut. Would that work in this recipe? They look really good!!


    • Mercedes
      Nov 16, 2011 @ 8:25 pm

      Yes I think it would be great! I hope you make the bars and enjoy them!


  8. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 3:49 pm

    Yum!! I love just about anything that has M&M’s involved!


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