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Christmas Cookie Bars

What better way to get over a case of the Mondays than cookies?

How was your weekend? Mine was the perfect mix of getting sh!t done and celebrating the holiday season. I turn in my capstone assignment and pitch it to the panel of advisors a week from today (!) so I opted to stay in on Friday night and bake these delicious cookies as a stress-relief treat.

Of course, it’s always nice to have several good cookie recipes this time of year, as they make great hostess gifts and party favors. Not to mention, no one has ever denied how well cookies go with wine. Trust me on this, I speak from experience.

So, I wanted to share with y’all my go-to cookies this time of year: these easy chocolate chip and M&M bars. to make them extra festive, I cut them into stars and topped with red and green sprinkles. And hey, if chocolate isn’t your thing, I shared an old fashion lemon sugar cookie recipe here last holiday season.

easy christmas cookie bars

easy christmas cookie bars

easy christmas cookie bars

easy christmas cookie bars

INGREDIENTS //

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda (I didn’t have any so used 3 teaspoons of baking powder)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup butter
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup milk chocolate M&Ms

DIRECTIONS // 

  1. Preheat oven 375.
  2. Spray a 13×9 inch baking dish with nonstick baking spray.
  3. Combine dry ingredients in a small bowl, and set aside.
  4. Combine vanilla, eggs and sugars. Melt butter and add into bowl. Then, beat until light and creamy.
  5. Add dry ingredients slowly. Once fully combined, beat for two minutes.
  6. Stir in chocolate chips and M&M’s. (Do not beat!)
  7. Pour into your baking dish and cook at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
  8. Enjoy!

Also, if you want to cut these bars using a cookie cutter like I did, wait until they are fully cooled and spray the cookie cutter with nonstick spray.

easy christmas cookie bars

easy christmas cookie bars

easy christmas cookie bars

easy christmas cookie bars

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11 Comments

  1. Alissa wrote:

    These look SO GOOD! I’ve been getting the baking itch – maybe after watching Food Network’s cookie bake offs yesterday haha but you’ve inspired me more! Even though I won’t eat any, baking is so fun and stress relief for me – I need to do it soon! I’m sure my coworkers would love if I brought cookies in lol

    Alissa
    http://www.naturallymeblog.com/

    Published 12.5.16
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    • Katie wrote:

      Yes! Definitely bake — it is so relaxing this time of year!

      Published 12.10.16
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  2. Caroline wrote:

    Almost too cute to eat!
    x0x0 Caroline http://thecarolove.com/

    Published 12.5.16
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    • Katie wrote:

      Thanks lady!

      Published 12.10.16
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  3. Eva wrote:

    These are so cute! Being someone with absolutely no baking/cooking ability I usually let other people do all of the holiday baking to avoid any mishap, but I might just have to give these a try!

    -Eva
    thepreppyballerina.com

    Published 12.5.16
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    • Katie wrote:

      They are fool proof, I promise!

      Published 12.10.16
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  4. Monica wrote:

    These are so cute and festive, K! Can’t wait to (continue) eating all the cookies with you in the coming weeks 🙂

    Published 12.6.16
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    • Katie wrote:

      Thanks lady! xo

      Published 12.10.16
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  5. LunaSoleil wrote:

    These look and sound delectable! Yum!

    ~LunaSoleil
    http://www.novalune.space

    Published 12.9.16
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    • Katie wrote:

      Thank you lady!

      Published 12.10.16
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  6. Rachel wrote:

    These are adorable! What a fun recipe!

    Published 12.21.16
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