Christmas M&M Peanut Butter Bar Cookies
I’m so excited to be sharing some holiday treats, and these Christmas M&M Peanut Butter Bar Cookies are definitely a favorite! I’m a HUGE chocolate and peanut butter fan, so these easy to make cookie bars fit the bill. I’m also hosting a fun cookie week this week, so make sure to check back each day to see the lastest cookie recipes from some of my blogging friends. Who else is ready to start baking?
This bar cookie is loaded with peanut butter flavor! It’s gooey and yummy and the holiday M&M’s just make it so festive for Christmas!
Who wouldn’t want one of these Christmas M&M Peanut Butter Bar Cookies? Great for parties, neighbor gifts, or just for your family to enjoy.
M&M Peanut Butter Bar Cookie Ingredients
- creamy peanut butter
- granulated sugar
- brown sugar
- large eggs
- vanilla extract
- baking powder
- all purpose flour
- red and green M & M candies
Making Peanut Butter M&M Cookie Bars
Start by creaming the unsalted butter and peanut butter together. Add either light brown sugar or dark brown sugar and the granulated sugar. I like to cream it together in a bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, but a hand mixer will work too.
Then add the eggs and vanilla and stir.
Then I put together the dry ingredients in a large bowl: flour, baking powder, and salt.
Add the dry ingredients to the mixer and mix together on low speed until combined.
Then I add in the M&M candies and mix them together with a spatula until the mixture is evenly mixed together.
Use butter or cooking spray in a baking pan and then add the cookie dough batter to the pan. Cook until golden brown.
Christmas M&M Peanut Butter Bar Cookies
- ½ cup butter softened
- ⅓ cup peanut butter creamy
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 2 cups flour
- 1 bag Holiday M&M's 10 ounce
- Preheat oven to 350° degrees.
- Cream the butter, peanut butter, and sugars until creamy and well mixed, approximately 5 minutes.
- Add the eggs and blend till combined.
- Add the baking powder and salt and mix till combined. Then add flour and mix till just combined.
- Add the bag of Holiday M&M's and mix on slow till evenly dispersed.
- Put your cookie batter into a 9×13 buttered dish and bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes, until the center is set and the edges are lightly browned.
I love bar cookies because I don’t have to stand around and take cookies out of the oven every 12 minutes! These cookies have a delicious chewiness
Other Bar Cookies:
Now make sure to check out all the rest of the awesome cookie recipes below.
Christmas M&M Peanut Butter Cookie Bars
Santa’s Whiskers Christmas Cookies
4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookie
Easy No Bake Peppermint Gingersnap Cookies
Easy Spritz Cookies (not pictured)
Christmas Surprise Cookie Recipe
White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies
A little disappointed. I was surprised when I took it out of the oven and it looked more like a cake, looked nice and light brown though. But after cooling for 10 mins I realized it was completely raw on the inside. Baked it a little longer but still raw and deflated. Was I supposed to use baking soda rather than baking powder? Trying to figure out where I went wrong. Also the recipe forgot to include the step where you add the vanilla. I added it after the eggs. The bars taste good but it was not what I was expecting.
Yum! Chocolate and peanut butter is one of my favorite combinations! I will definitely be making these bars and including them in my annual holiday cookie exchange.
Thank you for hosting and including me in this Cookie Week! I am so inspired to begin my holiday baking!
These look so yummy! I love anything with M&M’s and they are just so festive.
Thanks Trish! Love M&M’s
These sound delicious!! I love peanut butter and chocolate together too and these look so festive!
Peanut butter & chocolate is my favorite combo!
These bars look perfect, Maryann! I bet they were gone quick!!
Yep, they don’t last long!
Maryanne! Thank you so much for including me in this amazing cookie tour! YUM! And thanks for the yummy cookie bars.
Glad you could join us Yvonne!
These look so delicious! I know my kids would love these M&M cookies. And I so agree with you that making multiple batches of cookies gets really old really quick:)
Right, bar cookies are so much easier!
I love bar cookies too Maryann! I agree that they’re easier and less labor intensive. But I especially love the soft and chewy texture. We love peanut butter at our house, so these will be added to the must bake list! Thanks for hosting Cookie Week! It’s a pleasure to be joining you all!
Absolutely – definitely better chew with a bar cookie.
These look and sound amazing! They combine all of my favorite things…peanut butter, chocolate, and bar cookies. I’ll be making these for the holidays for sure. Thanks for sharing the recipe and for organizing the tour.
So glad you could join us Angie!
I love anything with peanut butter and these look like they would be fun to make with the kids.
So happy to be part of cookie week and looking forward to lots of new cookie recipes.
Me too… peanut butter is my weakness!
I love any kind of cookie with peanut butter so I’m definitely going to give these a try. Thanks so much for hosting this fun cookie hop.
Thanks for joining us Kristi!
You had us a “peanut butter”. We can’t wait to give this festive bar cookie a try!
Haha… peanut butter always gets me too!
Maryann, these look so good and festive! The perfect combo. My family loves peanut butter and I can’t wait to make these for the holidays this year.
I hope you guys love them too!
How fun and easy! Especially when you need a big batch in a hurry. The green and red m&ms for celebrating the Holidays! Thanks for the delicious recipe, my friend.
Yep – great last minute dessert!
I agree with Paula… Easy, saves time, and you can’t beat having a cookie with chocolate AND peanut butter! Thanks for much for hosting Cookie Week, Maryann! You are wonderful! Pinned!
So glad you could join us Julie!
These look so good and the colors are so festive! Thanks for hosting this yummy blog hop 🙂
Glad you joined us Kristin!
I am a huge fan of bar cookies because they save so much time when baking and I can choose how big or small I want the cookie size to be. I love peanut butter anything and this bar cookie is one that I know will be a hit at my house. At Christmas my neighborhood tradition is to make cookie plates to take to each other. This peanut butter bar cookie will be perfect for this year’s cookie plates.
Thank you for hosting Cookie Week. I am looking forward to all of the recipes shared this week.
Perfect for a cookie plate!