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How To: Christmas Cookie Bars

Over the holidays there are many treats to go around. To bring a special treat to the table this year, try making Christmas Cookie Bars that the whole family will enjoy and want more of.

Joel Foley, a junior at FPC, was asked about what treats get him into the Christmas spirit, “Cookies get me in the Christmas spirit because I used to leave out cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve.”

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35-40 minutes

This recipe makes 18-36 servings depending on how they are cut.


1 ½  cups of Christmas M&Ms

2 sticks of room temperature butterimg_6130

3 large eggs

1 cup of sugar

1 cup of brown sugar

1 cup mini chocolate chips, for inside and topping.

½ cup of white chocolate chips

3 cups of all purpose flour

¾ teaspoon of baking soda

¾ teaspoon of salt

1 ½ teaspoons of pure vanilla extract


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line a 9×13 baking dish with foil and leave some out of the dish to make removal of the bars much easier. Spray foil with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer or hand mixer, beat the butter, sugar, and brown sugar together until airy.
  • Add in the eggs and vanilla extract, continue mixing.
  • Lower the speed of your mixer and add flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix until all is combined.
  • Add the M&M’s and mini chocolate chips and stir. Save some M&M’s, mini chocolate chips, and white chocolate chips for topping the cookie bars.
  • Transfer the cookie dough to the prepared dish.
  • Put the extra M&M’s, white chocolate chips and mini chocolate chips on the top of the cookie dough.
  • Bake for 35 to 40 minutes.
  • Once done let cool then cut.

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