Christmas Magic Cookie Bars

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GUEST POST: Christmas Magic Cookie Bars from Love From the Oven

Hi there, I’m Christi and you can usually find me over at my blog, Love From The Oven. I am so happy to be back again for a second year here at In Katrina’s Kitchen “I’ll Bring The Cookies” event. I love Katrina and her blog. Katrina and I both started our blogs at the same time, I think down to the same week, so it’s been fun to watch our blogs grow together.

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite treats- Christmas Magic Cookie Bars

Christmas Magic Cookie Bars slice close up on a white plate with red baking dish in the background

I used Nestle’s Holiday Baking Chips and some Christmas M&M’s, but use whatever you have or what sounds good to you. I also added in some red, green and white sprinkles for extra color and because sprinkles make everything sweeter.

ingredients- red, white, and green sprinkles, holiday baking chocolate chips, coconut, graham cracker crumbs, holiday candies

All of your ingredients go into the pan and then you just pop it in the oven. So simple.

In addition to the amazing taste, I love that these bar cookies are so flexible. Whatever baking chips and bits you have in your pantry, you can use them up in these Christmas Magic Cookie Bars

close up picture of 7 layer magic cookie bars on a white plate

I hope you enjoy this colorful spin on a classic dessert favorite.

a slice of Christmas magic cookie bar on a white plate with a fork

Christmas Magic Cookie Bars

Soft and Chewy Magic Cookie Bars
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12 cookies


  • 1 stick butter 1/2 cup
  • One 14 oz Can Of Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 & 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup Holiday or regular chocolate chips divided into 1/2 cup portions
  • 1 cup chopped nuts I prefer walnuts
  • 1 cup Holiday or regular M&M's divided into 1/2 cup portions
  • 1 & 1/2 cups flaked coconut


  • Unwrap butter and place in 13" x 9" pan. Place pan, with butter, in the oven and turn the oven on to 350*F. Butter can melt in pan while preheating. Keep an eye on it, checking every few minutes and pulling out of the oven when butter is melted. Please be careful while preparing recipe as pan will be very hot.
  • Crush graham crackers in a food processor to create graham cracker crumbs (or buy crumbs).
  • When butter is melted, remove pan from oven and carefully sprinkle the graham cracker crumbs over the melted butter. Press in lightly with fork or back of spoon.
  • Pour sweetened condensed milk over the crumb layer.
  • Sprinkle 1/2 of the chocolate chips, 1/2 of the M&M's & the nuts over the sweetened condensed milk layer. Sprinkle coconut on top, followed by remaining chocolate chips & M&M's.
  • Bake in oven for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven. Allow bars to cool completely. Slice, give and enjoy!

Thank you so much to Katrina for inviting me to join in on the cookie party again this year. She is awesome and I hope you enjoy all of the amazing cookie recipes in I’ll Bring The Cookies!

As Christi said we are bloggy buddies and in this thing together. ♥ It’s been fun to share the adventure. She is the queen of all things PEEPS (yes- the marshmallows!) and I hope you check out her blog if you’re not already familiar. It’s a bright and cheery place that is sure to make you smile.

You can connect with Christi on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and on her blog Love From the Oven. Here are some of my favorite cookies that Christi bakes up:

Chocolate Christmas Cookies

Single Serving Deep Dish Cookie A La Mode

White Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Oatmeal Cookies

Thanks for bringing the cookies, Christi!

- Katrina

27 Responses to “Christmas Magic Cookie Bars”

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    Diethood -noun- The state of being on a diet... always! — December 7, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Katrina, I am loving your event… all this inspiration in one place… loves it!!
    Magic Cookie Bars scream CHRISTMAS! I stalk Christi's site as much as I stalk yours… I am here and there all.the.time. 😀
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    Rachel — December 7, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Love these! So festive and delicious!
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    Sue — December 7, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    My mom made these every Christmas, but I LOVE the addition of the red and green Christmas m&m's! So perfect and festive!
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    Cookin' Cowgirl — December 7, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Magic bars are one of my favorite. What can I say, they are just magical! 🙂 These are super festive and fun!
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    @LoveFromTheOven — December 7, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Thank you so much for having me today! Love ya!

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    spiffycookie — December 7, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Ooo I totally need to make these with my bag of holiday chocolate chips. I could also add some chopped of holiday oreos
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    A Kitchen Addiction — December 7, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    I love how festive these are with the sprinkles and holiday M&M's!
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    Alida — December 7, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    I love how festive and Christmasy these are. How fun!!
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    Pat Graffice — December 8, 2012 at 10:42 am

    All these cookies look sooo good. I hope this comment will count toward the givaway, cause it would not let me post anywhere else. A diabolical plot to make me crave cookies even more by making me drool over them longer!!!

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    Jan R — December 8, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Love the giveaway…PLEASE!!!

  11. #
    vanillasugarblog — December 8, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    I needed something very festive, colorful and wild.
    These have to be it.
    Love them!
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    Roxana — December 9, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    I'm so weak when it comes to magic bars and these Christmas-y ones looks absolutely amazing! those holiday M&Ms are dangerous to keep around
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    mermaidens — December 10, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Oooh my goodness, these look heavenly! Thank you for sharing! *_*

  14. #
    trisha — December 12, 2012 at 12:44 am

    added ingredients to my list lol

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    marilyn schoneman — November 30, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Hello from Iowa! These bars look wonderful 🙂 I have some mini holiday m+ms they would work just as well don’t you think so ?

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    Chaussee — December 8, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    We make these every year however, we call them Hello Dollies. We’ve never made them with M&M’s or colored chocolate chips but I am so doing that this year. It looks so festive and pretty! 🙂

  17. # — March 27, 2014 at 6:18 am

    The would-be senior high school educator attended a party, drank alcohol and had her photo taken.
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  18. #
    Kristen — November 17, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Just wondering if you have made these ahead of time and froze them….any experience on how they turned out?

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      Katrina Bahl — November 22, 2014 at 9:17 am

      I have never frozen them.

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    Donna Howard — November 22, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    I loved this recipe and made it today. But something went wrong for me! The M&M didn’t stay on the top like yours did. Pooh! I’ll try again but any ideas? Are you supposed to ‘tap’ them down first?

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    Jan Fortuno — November 30, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Can I make these without coconut? No one in my family cares for that flavor. Any suggestions for substitutes? Thank you

  21. #
    Barbara — December 15, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Are you able to freeze these bars to make a ahead of time for Christmas??

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    Skye Fillmore — December 16, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    I made these this weekend for christmas (found on pinterest) and they are delicious I followed the recipe to a T – but found they were very crumbly when I tried to cut them after allowing to cool for over 2 hours. Once I cut them, I had over half the graham cracker crumbles on the bottom of the pan. I put the cut up bars in a container and stored them in the cool basement (no heat down there) and sure enough, they are nice & solid now. I think maybe next time, I will put the pan in the freezer for maybe 30 mins once I think they are cooled on the counter even! Seems the cooler they are, the better they stick together! Just MY observation and wanted to pass it on! 🙂

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      Joanna — December 17, 2015 at 8:31 am

      I agree. I put them in the fridge over night and now they’re solid. It was a mess of crumbs and they were falling apart. Did not look like the picture. I’ll have to watch the ingredients too next time I think the flakes can just be 1cup.

  23. #
    Cindy — October 18, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    I am making this recipe for Halloween using halloween colored m&m’s

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    Nicole Keller — December 8, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    Made a double batch of these for the Christmas season and am a disappointed in the outcome. They are very crumbly and not the 7 layer bars I know and love. I have two recommendations. First, melt the butter and mix in the graham cracker crumbs in a separate bowl then spread in the bottom of the pan. Second, pour the sweetened condensed milk over the top, rather than immediately over the graham cracker layer. I did freeze them as another comment suggested so hopefully they will firm up and be ok.

  25. #
    Phyllis — December 14, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    Does not say sweetened or plain coconut
    Also do you use salted or unsalted butter

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