Every year, holiday cookie exchanges and potluck tables overflow with sugar cookies, gingerbread men, thumbprint cookies and snickerdoodles. Shake up your repertoire and bake a batch of bar cookies instead.
These are easier to make but no less delicious than drop cookies and rolled cookies, and it’s a nice surprise for family and friends expecting a plate of the usual Christmas cookies.
These three fantastic recipes — brownie chocolate-chip cookie dough bars, chocolate chunk shortbread and peanut butter and jelly bars — are scrumptious riffs on traditional holiday treats. Plus, with these recipes, it’s easy to make some simple ingredient swaps to customize batches for your lucky recipients.
Brownie chocolate-chip cookie dough bars
From the book Homemade for the Holidays, by Thanksgiving.com
This indulgent, multi-layered bar cookie combines brownies and chocolate-chip cookie dough into a decadent, ganache-covered dessert.
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 large eggs
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- ⅓ cup cocoa powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup flour
- 1 tablespoon butter (to grease pan)
Cookie dough batter:
- 2¼ cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 sticks butter, softened
- ¾ cup sugar
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 2 cups chocolate morsels
- 2 cups dark chocolate, finely chopped
- 1 cup heavy cream
- Chocolate shavings (for garnish)
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Chocolate chunk shortbread cookie bars
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