You’re going to love these Reindeer Cookie Bars because not only are they delicious, but they are also easy to make too!
Skip the scooping of cookie batter into individual cookies and make a tray full of cookie bars instead.
These cookie bars are a great addition to cookie platters, or to leave out for Santa with a glass of milk!
I’ve got more fun Reindeer Crafts and Recipes for you to enjoy – right click and open these ideas in a new tab so that you can read them after this one!
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Reindeer Cookie Bars
The red M&M’s in these cookie bars reminded me of Rudolph’s red nose and so the name Reindeer Cookie Bars was born!
These cookie bars are packed with chocolate chips, chocolate chunks, and festive red and green M&M’s.
Ingredients used in this recipe
The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post, but here is a brief outline so you know what to expect from the recipe.
I highly recommend always reading a recipe all the way through before starting.
Alongside regular baking ingredients like butter, flour, sugar, etc., you will need some more specialized ingredients which I’ve linked below to Amazon for your convenience.
- Old-Fashioned/Rolled Oats
- Vanilla Extract
- Chocolate Chips
- Chocolate Chunks
- Christmas (Red & Green) M&M’s
Equipment used in this recipe
You are likely to have most standard cooking tools in your kitchen but I’ve added some Amazon links for your convenience should you need something more specific for this recipe.
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Reindeer Cookie Bars Recipe Tips
- When lining your baking pan with parchment paper, leave an overhang so that it makes lifting the bars out easier.
- Use an electric mixer (handheld or stand) to beat the wet ingredients together.
- You can use an old fashioned wooden spoon if you prefer!
- Dry ingredients are added to the wet ingredients and combined to form a dough.
- Reserve a few of the pieces of candy to add to the top of the bars, and fold the remaining candy into the cookie dough.
- Press the dough evenly into the prepared baking pan and press those reserved candy pieces over the top.
- The Reindeer cookie bars are baked until the edges are lightly browned.
- They may look pale and slightly underdone in the middle – but that’s okay!
- Allow the cookie bar dough to cool in the pan for 20 minutes before lifting out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
- Cut into squares and enjoy!
Make It A Meal!
You’ve made the dessert, but what about the rest of the courses?
Here are additional recipes to make a full meal!
- Appetizer: Slow Cooker Mushroom Soup
- Main Dish: One-Pan Lemon & Rosemary Chicken Thighs
- Side Dish: Roasted Apple Cauliflower Mash with Crispy Brussels Sprouts
- Beverage: Christmas Margaritas
There are 500+ Recipes on The Purple Pumpkin Blog for you to enjoy! Please feel free to check them out too.
More Recipes Using M&M’s
M&M’s are a great ingredient in cookies and other baked desserts, so here are some more recipes using them:
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- 1 cup old-fashioned/rolled oats
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour (plain flour)
- ¾ tsp baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
- ⅓ cup creamy/smooth peanut butter
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 1 large egg yolk
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- ½ cup chocolate chip chunks
- 1 cup Christmas (red and green) M&M's
- Preheat oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 and line a 9x13-inch baking pan with parchment paper. Leave a little overhang to lift bars out easily.
- Add the oats to a bowl and sift in the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- Using an electric mixer, cream together the butter, peanut butter, and sugars for about 2 minutes until light and fluffy.
- Add in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk and mix together, scraping down the sides of the bowl.
- Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients then mix until it forms a dough.
- Reserve a few of the chocolate chips, chocolate chip chunks, and M&M's and fold the rest into the dough.
- Spread the cookie dough evenly into the prepared pan, then press the reserved candies into the top of the dough.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. The dough may look pale and slightly underdone in the middle and that's okay!
- Leave the cookie dough to cool in the pan for 20 minutes before lifting out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
- Cut into squares and enjoy!
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 213Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 125mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 1gSugar: 18gProtein: 3g
This site uses an outside source (Nutritionix) to provide estimated nutrition. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.
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