Party Panache, Holiday Cookie Bars for any Occasion


You know how sprinkles make everything better?

Those happy little bits of color that brighten your day

and say “hey, it’s party time!”




We had friends over to watch the Super Bowl

Instead of a football theme

I decided to decorate the buffet for 2 February holidays

Valentines and Mardi Gras





I made cookie bars for a sweet bite

with Valentine and Mardi Gras colored sprinkles





These cookies have a cake mix base,

with candies, flavored chips and sweetened condensed milk





You can use any combo of candies and chips you want

I wanted to keep my cookies white/yellow so I used

Heath Toffee Bits, white chocolate and butterscotch chips





Combine the dry cake mix with 1 egg and melted butter





Spray a 9″ x 13″ baking dish with cookings spray

Line it with a sheet of parchment paper,

{the spray on the glass will hold the paper in place}

Now spray the parchment paper so cookies can be easily removed





Put the batter on the parchment paper





The batter will be stiff,

use a spoon back or your fingers to spread it into an even layer





Now the fun begins!





Sprinkle the toffee bits and flavored chips on top of batter





Pour the sweetened condensed milk over all





Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes





Immediately decorate the warm cookie dough with sprinkles

I did half Valentines, and half Mardi Gras





Let cookies cool completely

Hold each end of the parchment paper to lift baked dough out of the dish

 Cut into bars or squares






Microwave cookies for 5 seconds each to refresh them, yum

Use colored sprinkles to match your theme, occasion, or sports team

Vary the combo of flavored chips or candy

Add a layer of nuts if desired


This recipe is adapted from Plain Chicken

Holiday Cookie Bars

  • Servings: makes about 3 dozen
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

1 box vanilla cake mix

1 large egg

6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1 8 oz bag of Toffee Chips

6 oz. butterscotch chips

6 oz. white chocolate chips

1 can, 14 oz., sweetened condensed milk

cooking spray

parchment paper


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray a 9″ x 13″ baking dish with cooking spray.  Line it with parchment paper and then spray the paper.

Combine dry cake mix with egg and then add melted butter, forming a stiff batter. Place batter on paper in dish.  Using the back of a spoon or your fingers, spread batter into a somewhat even layer in the bottom of the dish.

Top with candy and chips.  Pour milk slowly over all, letting it seep down into all the nooks and crannies.

Bake for 25-30 minutes, until dough is set and golden, and firm in the middle.  Top immediately with sprinkles of choice.

Let cookies cool completely.  Lift parchment out of baking dish to remove baked dough.  Cut into squares or bars with a sharp knife.  Store covered.  Refresh cookies by microwaving for 5-10 seconds per cookie, for a fresh out of the oven flavor.

Makes about 3 dozen, depending on what size you cut them


Look for the large variety size container of sprinkles

You can customize your cookies or desserts for any occasion!





This container, from the grocery store, has pink, red, green, purple, orange and blue

Michaels and Hobby Lobby have a variety of sprinkles, sugars and decorations too






Happy Everything!


for another printable version click here


❤️   🎭   🎉


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23 Responses to “Party Panache, Holiday Cookie Bars for any Occasion”
  1. Rita C. says:

    Mr. P. would go crazy over those, Jenna! The reheating, adding ice cream, would send him over the top, lol.

  2. Jenna, these look delicious. I would enjoy one (or 2) with my coffee. I hope you didn’t experience the bad weather, I was awakened at 3:15 with a tornado warning. All is well, just lots of rain and thunder this morning.

  3. I need one of those this morning! YUM! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  4. thefrenchhutch says:

    These cookie bars look so moist and yummy Jenna. I’m sure they were a hit at your super bowl party. Looks like we’ll have a stormy day after a stormy night!

  5. These look SERIOUSLY dangerous! I must remember for next time I bring a sweet treat!

  6. Julie says:

    That was so creative of you making those holiday cookie bars. I bet they tasted so good. Enjoy the weekend Jenna.

  7. pattyanneart says:

    Yum, looks so delicious, Jenna! 😊 love those sprinkles!

  8. Michelle says:

    These look so good! Sprinkles always made any dessert look so pretty! 🙂

  9. Mary says:

    So festive Jenna! Love your halfsies of Valentine’s Day sprinkle and Mardi Gras ♥

  10. How fun these are. I know your parties are so fun. The cookies are so cute and perfect with splitting the batter two kinds of decorations.

  11. These look greart. Love the colours. You could even have them in team colours for your event!

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