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Christmas Magic Squares

Ad cheer and sweets to your holiday with this Christmas cookie recipe.

Updated November 17, 2017

Editor's Note: Baking the holidays away is an amazing way to keep guests fed while adding cheer to your home. Festive Christmas cookie recipes like these magic squares allow you to add the Yuletide red and green to your dinner table. Simple and easy to make, these Christmas bars take just 10 minutes of prep time. If you're looking for a last-minute treat to bring to the office holiday party, these are an excellent option!
 
Magic squares are always the hit of the night anytime they're brought out. They're so gooey and sweet that they're difficult to resist. If you want to make these at other times of the year, just swap out the red and green M&M'S for multicolored ones and replace the mint chocolate-covered candies with butterscotch chips.

Makes18 bars

Preparation Time10 min

Cooking Time30 min

Ingredients

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup mint chocolate-covered candies
  • 1/2 cup M&M'S

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Put the butter in a 9 x 13-inch baking dish, then place in the oven for 5 minutes, or until the butter has melted.

  2. Layer the graham cracker crumbs, chocolate chips, pecans, and coconut over the butter. Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the coconut; top with the mint chocolate–covered candies and red and green chocolate candies.

  3. Bake for 30 minutes. Set the baking dish on a wire rack and let cool completely. Cut into squares and serve.

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After a while, Christmas cookies and bars seem to just blend together into one big indulgence of chocolate and nuts and some sort of cookie. This seems to be very similar to a sort of bar that my father used to make, and that I found particularly addictive. I'm quite happy to come across this recipe since I know it'll be put to good use this holiday season. There's a very nice mint dark chocolate candy we get from Aldi, and that would be perfect for use with this, and I'd add some mint MMs to the top as well.

How cute! These would be great to make with your kids. I'm sure a plate of these wouldn't last long

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