M&Ms Holiday Brownies Make Delicious Christmas Bar Cookies

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M&Ms Holiday Brownie Bars are aeasy and delicious bar cookies recipe to make for Christmas.
M&Ms Holiday Brownie Bars are aeasy and delicious bar cookies recipe to make for Christmas.

There is one week until Christmas and I find myself fairly organized this year. Most of my Christmas shopping is done except for a few stocking stuffers for my mom. Christmas cards were sent a few weeks ago and our Christmas tree is all decorated.

Our Christmas tree with lights and decorations.
Our Christmas tree with lights and decorations.




I even have all of my gifts wrapped and placed under the tree. I haven’t had to sacrifice attending holiday events to get this done. I attended Peter’s Final Flight, a whimsical spin-off of Peter Pan, with my mom, niece and grand-niece and we had a wonderful time. I also attended the grand opening of the new location of Second City Toronto a few weeks ago. This afternoon, I’m going to see the Toronto Children’s Chorus at Roy Thomson Hall.

The only thing left on my Christmas to-do list is holiday baking. Since family members will be dropping by next week, I always like to have some homemade Christmas treats available to serve with coffee. I have learned from past experience that baking Christmas cookies and freezing them for three weeks or more can often leave them tasting dry so I decided to leave my Christmas baking until just a week before Christmas so that I don’t have to freeze the cookies. If you’re like me, you mine Pinterest for the best Christmas cookies you can find. I found bar cookies recipes made with M&Ms and have tailored them to my own tastes. These M&Ms holiday brownies were taste-tested by my mother and brother and they both really liked them so I’m sharing my recipe below.

M&Ms Holiday Brownies are topped with coconut, pecans, M&Ms and chocolate chips
M&Ms Holiday Brownies are topped with coconut, pecans, M&Ms and chocolate chips

The colourful M&Ms make these brownie bars very festive looking. If you can find the holiday M&Ms, you could those as well since they are red and green. Please note these M&Ms holiday brownies will be quite gooey because of the addition of sweetened condensed milk. Refrigerating them will help them solidify a bit more so I suggest doing that instead of leaving them at room temperature.

Please let me know in the comment section if you make these M&Ms brownies and what you think of the recipe.

M&Ms Holiday Brownie Bars are aeasy and delicious bar cookies recipe to make for Christmas.
M&Ms Holiday Brownie Bars are aeasy and delicious bar cookies recipe to make for Christmas.
M&Ms Holiday Brownies are topped with coconut, pecans, M&Ms and chocolate chips

M&Ms Holiday Brownie Bars

M&Ms Holiday Brownie Bars are easy and delicious bar cookies to make for Christmas.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Dessert

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 3/4 cup mini M&Ms
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place parchment paper in a 9-inch baking pan. Spray parchment paper with nonstick cooking spray or wipe parchment paper with a 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil.
  • Place 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips and 1/2 cup butter in a large, microwaveable bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir, and microwave for a further 30 seconds until chocolate is melted and smooth.
  • Add 1 cup white sugar, then 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and 2 eggs and 1 egg yolk to bowl and beat until well combined. Stir in 1 cup flour until combined.
  • Pour mixture into the baking pan and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and layer 3/4 cup chopped pecans, 1/4 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips and 1/4 cup of the M&Ms.
  • Pour 1/3 of the can of sweetened condensed milk over brownies and spread so that it is evenly distributed.
  • Place 1 cup coconut on brownies and pour remaining 1/3 of the can of sweetened condensed milk over brownies.
  • Place 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips and 1/2 cup of M&Ms on top of brownies.
  • Bake for an additional 25 minutes or until edges are golden and the middle is set. If the top is becoming brown, place aluminum foil over top and create a tent so it doesn't stick to brownies.
  • Cool completely before cutting into squares with a sharp knife.
  • M&Ms holiday brownies will keep at room temperature for up to 1 week or in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Keyword bars, brownies, chocolate, Christmas, coconut, holiday, M&Ms, pecans, sweetened condensed milk

23 COMMENTS

  1. Oh my this looks absolutely delicious and tasty! I really love to try this my kids are going to love this!

  2. Can’t wait to try this recipe with my kids they’re gonna love this for sure! Thanks for sharing this with us!

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