Mrs. Claus's Dream Bars

cookie bars filled with chocolate and peanut butter chips, topped with nuts and coconut Recipe
Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Mindi Shapiro
Christmas calls for cookie bars, and these include everything from gingersnaps to chocolate candies. How else would Mrs. Claus please everyone at the North Pole?


Recipe from

Southern Living


2 cups gingersnap crumbs
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (6-ounce) package peanut butter chips
3/4 cup miniature candy-coated chocolate pieces
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut, optional
1/2 cup chopped pecans


Stir together gingersnap crumbs and melted butter in a medium bowl. Press mixture evenly into a greased 13- x 9-inch pan. Carefully spread condensed milk over crumb mixture.

Combine peanut butter chips and remaining 3 ingredients in a medium bowl. Sprinkle mixture evenly over condensed milk; gently press mixture down.

Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool in pan on wire racks. Cut into squares.

Irene E. Souza, Cupertino, CA