Holiday Bars

This recipe for Holiday Bars is a new twist on a past bar cookie recipe. Back in the fall I made Peanut Butter Polka Dot Bars using Reese's Mini Pieces. Today I revised the recipe for the Christmas season by substituting  M & M mini baking bits in red and green.

Holiday Bars
3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
2 cups packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Chocolate filling (recipe follows)
1 (11 ounce) package M & M mini baking bits

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Beat butter, peanut butter and brown sugar until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla, beat thoroughly. Stir together oats, flour, baking soda, and salt; gradually add to butter mixture. (Dough will be thick) Remove 2 cups of dough; set aside. Press remaining dough onto bottom of a 13 x 9 x 2- inch baking pan.
Prepare Chocolate Filling. Spread filling evenly over dough. Crumble half of reserved dough evenly over filling. Sprinkle M & M mini baking bits next, then crumble the remainder of the reserved dough over the candy.
Bake for 25 minutes or until top is golden brown. (Chocolate will be soft.) Cool completely in pan on wire rack; cut into bars. Makes about 24 bars.

Chocolate Filling
Melt 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter in saucepan over low heat. Stir in 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder and 1/3 cup sugar. Add 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk; cook, stirring constantly, until smooth and thick. Remove from heat; stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract.

Reserve two cups of the dough, then press the remaining dough in the bottom of a baking dish.

Spread the chocolate filling over the dough.

Sprinkle half of the reserved dough over the chocolate filling.

Next, sprinkle with the M & M baking bits.

Sprinkle the top with the remaining 1 cup of reserved dough.

Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes.

Cool before cutting into squares.

These bars have a creamy chocolate filling sandwiched between the layers of cookie dough and M & M minis, yummylicious.


  1. Great bars for the holidays! They look delicious!

  2. Yum! Reeses pieces are probably my favorite candy ever, and you can never go wrong with a chocolate filling. Great recipe!

  3. I love bar cookies, Anita, and these sound super!!

  4. I love your festive holiday bars. There's nothing better than mini M&M's. So cute! Thanks for sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday. Hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas, Anita.

  5. Um, YES PLEASE. Love at first sight. Thanks for sharing on Crazy Sweet Tuesday!

  6. These look great! Love the red and green M&Ms they add so much color! Thanks for sharing at Mrs Foxs Sweet Party and have a Merry Christmas :)

  7. These look so good. I love the colors with the M&Ms!

    Hope you had a wonderful holiday! (We're traveling, so I'm catching up on last week.)

    Thanks for linking up to Momtrends.com Friday Food!