Christmas M&M Cookie Cheesecake Bars Recipe

Emma

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Christmas M&M Cookie Cheesecake Bars Recipe

What do you make when the holiday season is in full swing, and you want to treat your loved ones to something special? You make Christmas M&M Cookie Cheesecake Bars, that’s what! I mean, seriously, wouldn’t these just bring extra joy to your holiday gatherings?

I used to LOVE it when my mom or grandmother made cheesecake bars during the holidays while I was growing up.

✓ Cookies are cool and all, but there is just something about the cheesecake BAR. Creamy, luscious, and loaded with colorful M&M’s that add a festive touch.

  • I will go on record and say these are the BEST Christmas M&M Cookie Cheesecake Bars EVERRR!!!
  • They are adorned with M&M’s in festive colors, making them a delightful addition to your holiday dessert table!
  • Ethan said these Christmas M&M Cookie Cheesecake Bars were “a taste of the North Pole itself”!

Irresistibly Festive

  • It’s a really special cheesecake bar recipe with a Christmas twist.
  • The creamy cheesecake layer complements the cookie base, creating a dessert that’s irresistibly festive.

Before we dive into the delightful process of making these festive Christmas M&M Cookie Cheesecake Bars, let’s take a look at the ingredients you’ll need:

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 12 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tsps vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups Christmas-themed M&M’s, divided

Essential Equipment for Baking Holiday Delights

Here’s a table of the equipment you’ll need to make these Christmas M&M Cookie Cheesecake Bars and their purposes:

EquipmentPurpose
9×13 Baking PanTo bake and set the cookie and cheesecake layers.
Greased Parchment PaperTo line the baking pan and easily remove the bars.
Medium BowlTo mix and combine the dry ingredients.
Large BowlTo cream the butter and sugars and mix wet ingredients.
Mixer (Hand or Stand)To achieve a smooth and creamy batter.
Measuring Cups and SpoonsTo accurately measure the ingredients.
Plastic Wrap and FoilFor wrapping and storing the bars in the freezer.
OvenTo bake the cheesecake bars.

Now that you have your ingredients and equipment ready, let’s get started on making these delectable Christmas M&M Cookie Cheesecake Bars:

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Line a 9×13 baking pan with greased parchment paper. Make sure to leave enough overhang on the parchment to make it easy to remove from the pan when done.
  3. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, salt, and baking soda. Set this dry mixture aside.
  4. In a large bowl, cream together the melted butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until you have a smooth and creamy mixture.
  5. Stir in the large egg and egg yolk until well combined.
  6. Add in the vanilla extract to enhance the flavor of your cookie base.
  7. Combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients, stirring just until the flour is incorporated. Be careful not to overmix.
  8. Gently fold in 1 cup of Christmas-themed M&M’s into the cookie dough, ensuring even distribution.
  9. Press the cookie dough into an even layer in the prepared pan.
  10. Prepare the cheesecake layer by following your favorite cheesecake recipe or use a store-bought cheesecake mix. Pour the cheesecake batter over the cookie base.
  11. Sprinkle the remaining Christmas-themed M&M’s lightly on top of the cheesecake layer, pressing them in slightly.
  12. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown, and the cheesecake layer is set.
  13. Remove the Christmas M&M Cookie Cheesecake Bars from the pan and let them cool completely on a wire rack.
  14. Once cooled, cut them into squares and get ready to indulge in your homemade festive creation.

Christmas M&M Cookies Cheesecake Bars Variations

While the classic Christmas M&M Cookie Cheesecake Bars are delightful on their own, you can get creative with variations to suit your holiday spirit:

  • Festive Frosting: Drizzle the bars with white chocolate or cream cheese frosting and decorate with additional M&M’s for an extra festive touch.
  • Candy Cane Crunch: Crush some candy canes and sprinkle them on top of the cheesecake layer for a minty, crunchy twist.
  • Holiday Sprinkles: Add holiday-themed sprinkles to the cheesecake layer for extra color and cheer.
  • Peppermint Twist: Incorporate crushed peppermint candies into the cookie dough for a delightful peppermint flavor.

Looking for more delightful dessert ideas? Check out our Banana Pudding Cheesecake Salad recipe for another mouthwatering treat that’s perfect for any occasion!

Storing

To keep your Christmas M&M Cookie Cheesecake Bars fresh and delicious throughout the holiday season, follow these storage tips:

  • Refrigeration: Store the bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator to maintain their creamy texture. They can be kept fresh for up to a week.
  • Freezing: If you want to enjoy them beyond the holiday season, these bars freeze beautifully. Wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and then in aluminum foil before placing them in an airtight container or freezer bag. They can be stored in the freezer for up to three months.
  • Thawing: When you’re ready to enjoy them, simply thaw them in the refrigerator overnight for the best texture.

Conclusion

In conclusion, these homemade Christmas M&M Cookie Cheesecake Bars are a festive delight that will spread holiday cheer to your loved ones.

Whether you’re baking them for a Christmas party or as a special treat to enjoy by the fireside, they are sure to be a hit with everyone who tastes them.

Customize them with Christmas-themed M&M’s and other festive additions, and savor the joy of the holiday season with each creamy, cookie-filled bite.

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Christmas M&M Cookie Cheesecake Bars Recipe

Delight in festive Christmas M&M Cookie Cheesecake Bars, a perfect blend of flavors and joy!

  • Total Time: Approximately 45-50 minutes
  • Yield: About 24 squares 1x

Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 12 tablespoons of melted butter
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of white sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups of M&M’s, divided

Instructions

  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 325°F (163°C).
  2. Line a 9×13-inch baking pan with greased parchment paper, ensuring you leave enough overhang on the parchment to easily remove the bars once they’re done. Set the pan aside.
  3. In a medium-sized bowl, stir together the all-purpose flour, salt, and baking soda. Set this dry mixture aside.
  4. In a large bowl, cream together the melted butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until you achieve a smooth and creamy mixture.
  5. Stir in the large egg and egg yolk until well combined.
  6. Add the vanilla extract to enhance the flavor of your cookie base.
  7. Now, combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients, stirring just until the flour is incorporated. Be careful not to overmix; a gentle hand is key here.
  8. Gently fold in 1 cup of M&M’s into the cookie dough, ensuring an even distribution of these colorful gems.
  9. Press the cookie dough into an even layer within the prepared pan.
  10. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of M&M’s lightly on top of the cookie dough, pressing them in slightly.
  11. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the edges are beautifully golden brown, and the cheesecake layer is set.
  12. Remove the Christmas M&M Cookie Cheesecake Bars from the pan and allow them to cool completely on a wire rack.
  13. Once cooled, cut them into squares, and get ready to indulge in your homemade festive creation.

Notes

  • For an extra touch of flavor and a beautifully crisp, buttery bottom, I recommend greasing the parchment paper with butter-flavored shortening. This small step elevates the taste and texture of your bars.
  • Remember to leave enough parchment paper overhang to facilitate the removal of the bars from the pan. It makes the process much smoother and ensures your bars come out looking perfect. Enjoy!
  • Author: Emma
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25-30 minutes
  • Category: Dessert

Keywords: Christmas dessert , Cheesecake bars , M&M cookies , Holiday baking

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