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Easy Christmas Tree Cookie Bars

easy christmas tree cookie bars Dessert
Easy Christmas Tree Cookie Bars
  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 1 hr 55 min
  • Servings 27

You don’t even need cookie cutters for these super-simple and delightful sugar cookie bars, finished with frosting and sprinkles, M&M’s™ Minis™ for star toppers and pretzel sticks for trunks. MORE+ LESS-

July 21, 2017
Betty Crocker Cookie Mix
Make with
Betty Crocker Cookie Mix

Ingredients

1
pouch (17.5 oz) Betty Crocker™ sugar cookie mix
1/2
cup butter, softened
4
oz (half of 8-oz package) cream cheese, softened
1
egg
14
pretzel sticks
3/4
cup Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting (from 1-lb container)
Betty Crocker™ green gel food color
2
teaspoons green, red and white candy sprinkles
27
yellow M&M's™ Minis™ chocolate candies

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. Line 13x9-inch pan with foil, leaving foil overhanging at 2 opposite sides of pan; spray with cooking spray.
  • 2
    In large bowl, mix cookie mix, softened butter, cream cheese and egg with spoon until soft dough forms. Spread dough in bottom of pan. Bake 20 to 23 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely on cooling rack, about 1 hour.
  • 3
    Remove bars from pan by lifting foil; peel foil away. Cut into 27 triangles as follows: Cut 3 horizontal rows. Cut each row into 9 triangles so each triangle has a 2-inch wide base. (See diagram below.) Set aside end pieces for snacking.
  • 4
    Break pretzel sticks in half. Insert pretzel half in short end of each triangle. In small bowl, tint frosting with green food color to desired color. Spoon frosting into small resealable food-storage plastic bag; partially seal bag. Cut off tiny corner of bag. Squeeze bag to pipe frosting over bars. Sprinkle with sprinkles. Place 1 chocolate candy on top of each triangle. Store in airtight container at room temperature.

Expert Tips

  • To easily line bottom of pan, tip upside down, and form foil around bottom and sides. Flip pan over, and place foil insert inside pan for a perfect fit!
  • Get creative, and add additional M&M’s™ Minis™ for lights on the tree!
  • If using 20% more cookie mix (21 oz size), add 1 tablespoon water to cookie mix, butter, cream cheese and egg.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
190
Calories from Fat
110
% Daily Value
Total Fat
12g
18%
Saturated Fat
7g
34%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
40mg
13%
Sodium
150mg
6%
Potassium
30mg
1%
Total Carbohydrate
20g
7%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
13g
Protein
1g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%
6%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
0%
0%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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