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Bar Cookie Recipe: Christmas Cookie Bars

These Christmas Cookie Bars combine two holiday colors white and red to evoke symbols of the season. White chocolate chips and coconut resemble snow, dried cranberries resemble holly berries, and pecans round out this flavorful ingredient combination, adding a festive look to your Christmas cookie platter.

Christmas Cookie Bars

Prep time: 15 minutes

Bake time: 25-30 minutes

Makes 24-36 bars

Ingredients

½ cup (1 stick) butter or margarine

1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs (about 10 large graham crackers)

1 ½ cups white chocolate chips

1 ½ cups dried cranberries (or Craisins)

1 cup sweet flaked coconut

1 cup chopped pecans

1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F (325º F for a glass dish).

  2. Spray the sides of a 13 x 9 baking pan with baking spray. (This will prevent bars from sticking to the sides of the pan.) Cut margarine into the pan. Set the pan in the heated oven to melt.

  3. Remove the pan from the oven. Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs over melted margarine. With a spoon, combine margarine and crumbs until they are well mixed. Use the back of the spoon to press the mixture evenly into the bottom of the pan.

  4. Place dried cranberries in a food processor. Pulse with steel blade until moderately chopped. Add in pecans and pulse the berries and nuts together until the texture is well minced.

  5. In a medium sized bowl with a large spoon, mix together white chocolate chips, chopped cranberry mixture, and coconut. Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over mixture. Mix together until chocolate, fruit, and nuts are thoroughly coated.

  6. Spoon fruit and nut mixture over graham cracker crust. Press down evenly with a wooden spoon or a piece of waxed paper.

  7. Bake bars 25-28 minutes until lightly browned. Remove the pan from the oven and allow it to cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

  8. Store bars loosely covered at room temperature.

A Special Tip from The Elf

If you prefer your barsto have a chunkier surface texture, you can combine cranberries and chopped pecans directly with the white chocolate chips and coconut without mincing them first in the food processor. Chopping creates a smoother texture on the cookie surface.


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