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Best Cookie Bar Recipes for Christmas

Looking for easy holiday cookie bars? I’ve rounded up the BEST cookie bar recipes for Christmas! Scroll through the recipes below and you’ll want to make every single one of these Christmas cookie bars!

Best Cookie Bars for Christmas

Isn’t Christmas cookie season the best season of them all!? I am headed to an annual cookie exchange tomorrow and I can’t wait to see what I go home with! Since we were in Hawaii for the last 2 weeks, I will have to do all my baking today and tomorrow! At least the recipients of my goods will be receiving a very fresh treat!

As much as I love actual cookies during Christmas, I have always been partial to a bar. I have a whole category for brownies and bars! 

Why do I love bars so much? For one, they’re usually easier to make. No scooping and chilling and scooping and chilling. Plus, I love that you can just layer deliciousness upon deliciousness in a bar!

Below I’m rounded up 15 of the best cookie bar recipes for Christmas! Be sure to pin the list so you can reference it every year!

Happy baking!

The BEST Cookie Bars for Christmas

1. Mint Nanaimo Bars – Love In My Oven

These mint chocolate Nanaimo bars are a family favorite and a fun twist on a traditional Canadian dessert!

mint nanaimo bars


2. Chocolate Pretzel Bars – Cooking In My Genes

If you love a salty-sweet combination for dessert, you’ll love these bars with two kind of chocolate and crunchy pretzels!

3. Cranberry Bars – Dish ‘n’ the Kitchen

Cranberry bars are rich, buttery and so easy to make. Perfect for the holidays and a great way to use up any leftover fresh cranberries or cranberry sauce!


4. Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars – Crumb Top Baking

Cranberry chocolate chip cookie bars are softa nd chewy, with tart cranberries, sweet orange and rich dark chocolate.


5. Coconut Caramel Bars – Love In My Oven

If you’re looking for a sweetened condensed milk bar recipes, you’ve come to the right place! These chocolate coconut caramel bars are perfection!

coconut caramel bars


6. Butter Tart Squares – The Food Blog

This sweet, gooey, delectably sugary treat should be enjoyed by everyone!


7. Salted Caramel and Pecan Vegan Shortbread Bars – The Cheeky Chickpea

These salted caramel and pecan vegan shortbread bars are to die for! Perfect vegan shortbread cookie crust topped with the most amazing salted caramel and toasted pecans.


8. M&M Cookie Bars – The Unlikely Baker

M&M cookie bars are chewy, chocolatey and so easy to make! Perfect if you’re looking for a last-minute holiday treat.


9. Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Squares – Mommy Kat and Kids

Quick and easy no-bake squares combine chocolate and peanut butter for the ultimate rich and delicious holiday indulgence!


10. Chocolate Caramel Shortbread Bars – Love In My Oven

Try these chocolate caramel shortbread bars for your next sweet treat. They’re like a homemade Twix bar! Jazz them up with sprinkles for a delicious holiday dessert.


11. Gingerbread Lime Bars – Food Meanderings

Gingerbread and lime are a perfect pairing in these delicious gingerbread lime bars!


12. Cinnamon Shortbread Bars with Chocolate Ganache – Simple Bites

A two-layer bar with a soft, crumbly shortbread base and rich, dark chocolate ganache topping.


13. No-Bake Chocolate Oat Bars – In Fine Balance

These super yummy peanut butter and dark chocolate oat bars are so simple you can make them in 15 minutes. Fudgy, no-bake, vegan and gluten-free!

And my personal favorite…

14. Butterscotch Brownies – Love In My Oven

These butterscotch brownies with chocolate chips are a family favorite for a reason. They’re an easy blondie recipe with butterscotch flavor baked right in!



Best Cookie Bar Recipes for Christmas


  1. Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen

    I always prefer making bar cookies to making drop cookies and alllll of these look awesome! I can’t wait to try them all but I’m starting with the chocolate oat bars–that chocolate layer looks insane! And obviously the oats make them healthy :). Have a great week, Katherine!

  2. I’m partial to bars too! Definitely quicker and easier to make than drop cookies. You’ve rounded up some delicious holiday treats here Katherine. Thanks so much for including my cranberry bars! Pinning!

  3. Love this round up!! I love cookie bars – they’re so easy and versatile in flavor!! I definitely want to make those Chocolate Caramel Shortbread Bars…yum!

  4. Great round up! I want to make all of these!!! Thanks for sharing my Gingerbread Lime bars.

  5. All of these bars look scrumptious and I would love to try them all. But those Chocolate Caramel Shortbread Bars REALLY caught my eye. Three of the best things ever in one bar. ♥ Thanks for including my Buttertart Squares.

  6. My favourite time of the year! Great list… I can’t wait to try some of these!

  7. OMG, I think I’ll have one, no make that 3, of each please! Maybe an extra sweet and salty bar or two! Thanks, Katherine for all of these recipes!

  8. They all look so good, Katherine! And cookie bars like Twix? I want the whole batch, please and thank you! Great round up, my friend 🙂 Pinned!

  9. Ben @ Havocinthekitchen

    OMG! All these cookies look so festive and delicious – everyone can find something for their taste. Indeed, I would probably have a hard time deciding on the best one…That would be the Caramel Shortbread…and Cinnamon Shortbread…And the Butterscotch Brownies! Okay, forget about this – I’ll try each of them, please 🙂

  10. All of these look just marvelous, and I so agree, bars are the best! 😀 I would scarf down a batch of every on of these delicious recipes in about two minutes, but those beautiful mint chocolate bars are my very favorite!

  11. I think you’re right, I want to make every single one of these Christmas cookie bars! Great round-up.

  12. Katherine, I love how easy bars are! No rolling or scooping, no waiting for multiple batches to bake. I also love the texture of bars – especially the gooey ones in the middle! I’ve got my eye on those coconut caramel bars – YUM!

  13. What a great lineup of cookie bars, Katherine. So convenient for the busy holiday season. Great for edible gifts too!

  14. Wow, what a roundup! Thank you so much for including my Cranberry Bars. I see more than a few treats that I’d like to bake ASAP.

  15. I want one of all of these!! What a fabulous round-up Katherine!!

  16. I am one of those bakers who really loves the look of a variety of cookie bar or squares all nicely cut up and displayed in rows on a platter, so I am very pleased to see your cookie bar recipe roundup, Katherine. They are delightful! Thanks for the inspiration.

  17. :O What an amazing collection of recipes. I want to make them all! Thanks for sharing!

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