Christmas Cookie Bars
Easy and quick to make, this Christmas cookie bars are the perfect festive treat for all the family. Made in one bowl with simple ingredients, these whole wheat baked cookie bars are the holiday snack you need!
Servings: 16 bars
- 1 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour (see notes)
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips, semi-sweet, dark, milk, white (or mixture of a few)
- 1/3 cup chocolate candies
Prep: preheat the oven to 325° F. Line a 9x9 baking pan with tin foil. Spray tin foil with a cooking spray.
Stir: in a medium bowl, stir together the melted butter, brown sugar and sugar until well combined.
Add Ingredients: add in the egg and the vanilla extract and stir until combined.
Combine: add in the flour, baking soda and salt and stir until combined. This mixture will be thick.
Add Chocolate Chips: add in the chocolate chips and stir.
Press: drop the cookie dough into the pan and press until evenly spread. I found spraying my fingertips helps the dough not stick to my fingers.
Add Candy: sprinkle on the chocolate candies and extra chocolate chips.
Bake: place the pan into the oven and bake for 20-22 minutes. Take the cookie bars out when the edges are just golden brown, it will look slightly undercooked but it will continue to cook as it sets. Let cool to the touch. If you candies and chocolate chips sank, simply press more into the spots where they disappeared.
Cut: Lift the cookie bars out of the pan using the tin foil and place on a cutting board. Cut into 16 bars or smaller if you have younger kids.
Eat: serve and enjoy.
Whole wheat flour: Use pastry flour rather than regular. This will result in softer and lighter cookie bars.
Storage: Store in an airtight container for 2 days at room temperature or up to 5 days in the fridge.
Calories: 108kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 93mg | Potassium: 64mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 39IU | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg