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Twelfth Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies (Bar Cookies): Recap

A list of all 12 of this year’s brownies, bars, and blondies:

Merry Christmas and Happy Baking!

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DAY 1: Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies

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DAY 2: Lemon Bars

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DAY 3: Chocolate Nutella Brownies

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DAY 4: M&M Sugar Cookie Bars

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DAY 5: Frosted Zucchini Brownies

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DAY 6: Pecan Toffee Blondies

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DAY 7: Shortbread Brownies

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DAY 8: Raspberry White Chocolate Cheesecake Blondies

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DAY 9: No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

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DAY 10: Gingerbread Cookie Bars with Caramel Icing

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DAY 11: Almond Toffee Triangles

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DAY 12: Raspberry Crumb Bars

 

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For more cookie recipes, check out the previous eleven years of Christmas cookie ideas:

1st Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies (2009)

2nd Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies (2010)

3rd Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies (2011)

4th Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies (2012)

5th Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies (2013)

6th Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies (2014)

7th Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies (2015)

8th Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies (2016)

9th Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies (2017)

10th Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies (2018)

11th Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies (2019)

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Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies: Shortbread Brownies

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DAY 7: Shortbread Brownies

An easy way to dress up a brownie mix (or use your own homemade brownie recipe for the top layer). Ghirardelli is my favorite boxed brownie mix, but you can you any brand made for baking in a 9×13” pan.

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Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies: Frosted Zucchini Brownies

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DAY 5: Frosted Zucchini Brownies

For when you want to pretend that your brownies are actually healthy.

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Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies: Chocolate Nutella Brownies

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DAY 3: Chocolate Nutella Brownies

Homemade brownies with the extra fudginess of Nutella added to the batter and swirled into the top.

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Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies (Bars & Brownies): Raspberry White Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies

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Welcome to the 12th Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies! This year, I am focusing on brownies, blondies, and other bar cookies.

A note about cooking bar cookies: If you have trouble with burned edges and raw centers, try using a metal pan instead of a glass or ceramic pan. This is especially true of  bigger pans, 9×13” or larger. You can also bake the batter in 2 smaller square pans instead of one larger one to get more evenly baked bars and brownies.

DAY 1: Raspberry White Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies

This is an easy to make dressed-up brownie dessert that starts with a boxed brownie mix. Raspberry jam is swirled into both the brownie layer and the cheesecake layer.

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Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies:Buckeye Brownie Cookies

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DAY 9: Buckeye Brownie Cookies

These cookies start with a simple cookie made from a brownie mix (and cream cheese to make them soft and gooey). Then they are topped with a mound of peanut butter fluffiness and drenched in dark chocolate.The topping is similar to the traditional Buckeye Candy, but not quite as sweet and dense (again, thanks to the addition of cream cheese). I think cream cheese is probably the most versatile of ingredients. It is perfectly at home in just about any recipe!

RECIPE:

Buckeye Brownie Cookies

Buckeye Brownie Cookies

Cookies:
2 boxes brownie mix
½ cup butter, melted
8 oz cream cheese, softened
2 eggs

Topping:
1 cup creamy peanut butter
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup powdered sugar
8 oz dark/bittersweet chocolate (about 1 ½ cups chips)

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.

Topping (Prepare topping before baking cookies):
In a mixing bowl, combine peanut butter, 8 oz cream cheese, vanilla and powdered sugar. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth and fluffy. Set aside.

Cookies:
In a large mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to beat together the brownie mixes, melted butter, 8 oz cream cheese and eggs.

Use a medium cookie scoop, or tablespoon, to drop batter onto baking sheets. Bake for 12-15 minutes.

Use a small cookie scoop, or teaspoon, to spoon a ball of peanut butter topping onto each HOT cookie. Flatten topping just slightly with the palm of your hand. Allow cookies to cool for 5-7 minutes on the baking pan. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.

Melt chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave (in 30 second increments). Spoon melted chocolate over the top of each cookie. Allow chocolate to set before serving or storing.

If cookies are not going to be eaten the same day, store them in the refrigerator.

Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

(Adapted from Inspired by Charm)

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