Christmas sugar cookie bars for Santa. A small batch of sugar cookie bars made in an 8×8 pan and topped with cream cheese frosting and festive M&Ms.
These Christmas sugar cookie bars are nothing new; they’re the same as my Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookie Bars, but with a Christmas twist. The video for this recipe shows the Valentine’s Day candy hearts–just sub in the Christmas M&Ms and everything else is the same!
I decided to bring them back to the front and update them, because my Mom has been talking non-stop about how good they are since she made them in February. She said they’re the best sugar cookie bar recipe ever, and when your Mom gives one of your recipes a title like that, you take note.
I had a Christmas sweater decor idea in mind when decorating these Christmas sugar cookie bars, and used a variety of M&Ms. This year, the purple bag of dark chocolate M&Ms are all green and red, so that’s what I used. Plus, the white chocolate peppermint M&Ms are over-sized white and red.
They might do this every year, but this is my first year buying the seasonal M&Ms because we used them for potty training Camille, hah! (All I wanted for Christmas this year is less laundry! I’ve been washing cloth diapers every 3 days for 2 1/2 years–wish granted! Thanks, Santa!)
Making Christmas sugar cookie bars with kids:
This also feels like the appropriate time to brag that my toddler calls M&Ms ‘yem-a-nems.’ It’s the best thing ever.
I told Camille we were practicing making cookies for Santa when we made these Christmas sugar cookie bars last week, but she did not like that idea. The problem is, she’s never been a big fan of Saint Nick. I have 3 years of screaming on Santa’s lap photos to prove it.
She only agreed to continue making these cookies when I told her they were for Santa’s reindeer. Always an animal lover, that kid of mine. So, make these for Santa or his reindeer, it’s up to you.
I also want to point out that baking sugar cookie bars in an 8×8″ pan is loads easier than making individual cookies if you’re in a bit of a time crunch on Christmas Eve when baking for Santa. Plus, small-batch cookies are always the best way to go when baking with kids.
And Camille wants to me to say that decorating with candy is the best way to go when baking with kids because she can snack on the decorations. ;)
For the frosting:
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 4161 Total Fat: 175g Carbohydrates: 628g Protein: 35g