Recipe Ideas for Christmas Cookie Bars

Make the season a little sweeter with these recipes for Christmas cookie bars like magic cookie bars, eggnog cheesecake bars and more.

Ready for the cookie swap? You don’t have to bring in cookies! Instead, make up one of these delicious, decadent bar recipes.

Whip up a batch of Christmas magic cookie bars with a double dose of holiday candies and sprinkles. Or what about crushing candy canes to go on top of peppermint sugar cookie bars?

Crumble together a buttery topping with the recipe for cranberry shortbread bars with almond streusel. There’s no need to even use the oven for the caramel and chocolate kettle corn crispie bars.

Use the holiday’s favorite drink to make eggnog cheesecake bars. For a fast dessert, make holiday swirl bars using premade sugar cookie dough.

Christmas Magic Cookie Bars

These festive Christmas magic cookie bars from In Katrina’s Kitchen look beautiful and taste divine. Mix melted butter into graham cracker crumbs and press into the bottom of a casserole dish. Next, pour sweetened, condensed milk over the crust followed by chocolate chips, M&Ms, shredded coconut and then more chocolate chips and M&Ms – oh, and don’t forget holiday sprinkles! Bake until just crisped.

Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bars

Candy canes meet chocolate – that’s the idea behind Better Homes & Gardens’ peppermint sugar cookie bars. Start by spreading out refrigerated cookie dough in a casserole dish. Bake the dough until browned. Top with white baking pieces right out of the oven, spread and allow to cool. Melt chocolate chips and whipping cream together and cool until it thickens. Add to the bars along with crushed candy canes.

Cranberry Shortbread Bars with Almond Streusel

Christmastime also happens to be cranberry time! Use this recipe from Chowhound to make cranberry shortbread bars with almond streusel. Start with plenty of cold butter. Mix the butter with sugar and flour to make the crust. Fill with cranberries spiked with orange zest. The final step? A buttery crumble that you spread all over the top before baking to golden perfection.

Caramel and Chocolate Kettle Corn Crispie Bars

Melt together corn syrup, condensed milk, brown sugar, granulated sugar and butter to create a caramel sauce. Mix the sauce in with kettle corn, toffee pieces, and pecans. Press the mixture into a casserole dish and cool. Melt chocolate and pour over the bars. To finish off these caramel and chocolate kettle corn crispie bars from Midwest Living, sprinkle coarse sea salt and extra caramel.

Eggnog Cheesecake Bars

All the creaminess of cheesecake without all the work – and with a touch of holiday flavor. That’s what you get with these eggnog cheesecake bars from Land O Lakes. Make a buttery crust with nutmeg and then top with cream cheese whipped with eggnog, eggs, sugar and a touch more nutmeg. Bake until just set.

Holiday Swirl Bars

This recipe for holiday swirl bars from Pillsbury are fast and easy to make. Press sugar cookie dough into a pan lined with aluminum foil and bake. Cool slightly before swirling melted chocolate onto the crust. Next, melt two bowls of candy coating – one white and the other red. Place the melted coating into thick Ziploc bags then swirl onto chocolate. Use a kitchen knife to complete the look.


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