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M&M CHRISTMAS COOKIE BARS – Butter with a Side of Bread by Gordon Ramsay

M&M CHRISTMAS COOKIE BARS - Butter with a Side of Bread


Christmas M&M Cookie Bars are a soft and tender chocolate chip cookie bar with festive green and red mini M&M’s included! The soft and chewy Christmas cookie bar will be the star of the party!

Christmas cookie bars

Christmas Cookie Bars

Cookie bars are a fantastic dessert to bring to a party. I love them because A). no scooping and rolling required and B). you get to pick how big or small the serving sizes are! Now, that is a trick not every dessert can pull off!

Swapping out the M&M’s for festive sprinkles is also a great way to get these cookie bars looking like the star of the party. Better yet, add red, white and blue sprinkles for the Fourth of July, black and orange for Halloween.. you get the idea. These are so versatile!

Christmas cookie bars with M&M's

How to make Christmas Cookie Bars?

If you can make a batch of regular ol’ scoop and roll cookies, these cookie bars will be a breeze! Basically, melted butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla are creamed together until smooth. The texture will look velvety. I usually make this entire recipe with my electric hand mixer, but a stand mixer would work well, too.

At this point the dry ingredients will come into the mix. This includes flour, salt and baking powder. Incorporate the dry ingredients thoroughly and then fold in mini chocolate chips and mini M&M’s.

Christmas cookie bar batter

Feel free to use regular sized chocolate chips and M&M’s if you prefer. I just happen to love mini things. 🙂

Once the chocolate has been folded in, pour and spread the batter into a parchment lined 9×13 pan. Sprinkle extra m&m’s and chocolate chips on top if desired. (I always desire this.)

chocolate chip cookie bar batter in pan

Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes. or until they just begin turning golden brown. DO NOT OVER BAKE!!

Allow the cookie bars to cool completely before slicing for perfect edges. If you don’t mind about perfect edges, well, then I say dig in and add a scoop of ice cream on top!

Christmas cookie bars cut into bars

How to cut Cookie Bars

Cutting cookie bars with nice crisp edges really is all about patiently waiting until they have completely cooled. Once the cookies have cooled, use a sharp chef’s knife to make multiple direct cuts. Don’t drag the knife through the bars, this will leave jagged edges.

How to serve Cookie Bars

Serving cookie bars can be as simple as pilling them onto a serving platter or you could serve each square with a scoop of ice cream. Get really crazy and make your own ice cream sandwiches this way!

How to store my Christmas Cookie Bars

Feel free to store these bars at room temperature in an air tight container or bag for up to 3 days. If you’d like your bars to last longer, you can freeze them for up to 3 months.

Christmas bars, cut and served

Christmas M&M Cookie Bars

Christmas M&M Cookie Bars are a soft and tender chocolate chip cookie bar with festive green and red mini M&M’s included! The soft and chewy cookie bar will be the star of the party!

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Course: Dessert

Keyword: chocolate chip cookie bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Servings: 36

Calories: 116kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter melted
  • 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup mini M&M’s
  • extra chocolate for garnish if desired

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 9×13 pan parchment paper. Set aside.

  • Combine the melted butter and brown sugar in a medium sized bowl.

  • Add in the eggs and vanilla. Mix well.

  • Add in the salt, baking powder, and flour. Mix until just combined.

  • Fold in the m&m’s and chocolate chips.

  • Pour the batter into the prepared 9×13 pan. Spread to cover the bottom of the pan.

  • Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until barely golden brown. DO NOT OVER BAKE.

  • Remove from the oven, cool completely. Pull the blondies out of the pan using the parchment paper once completely cool. Slice and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 85mg | Potassium: 45mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 176IU | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg

Christmas M&M Cookie Bars are a soft and tender chocolate chip cookie bar with festive green and red mini M&M's included! The soft and chewy Christmas cookie bar will be the star of the party!

Christmas M&M Cookie Bars are a soft and tender chocolate chip cookie bar with festive green and red mini M&M's included! The soft and chewy Christmas cookie bar will be the star of the party! #Christmas #cookies #cookiebars #M&M #baking #holidays #desserts from BUTTER WITH A SIDE OF BREAD

Christmas M&M Cookie Bars are a soft and tender chocolate chip cookie bar with festive green and red mini M&M’s included! The soft and chewy Christmas cookie bar will be the star of the party!

EASY TOMATO BASIL SOUP – Butter with a Side of Bread by Gordon Ramsay

EASY TOMATO BASIL SOUP - Butter with a Side of Bread


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hunt’s Tomatoes. All opinions are 100% mine.

Easy 10-Minute Tomato Basil Soup recipe made with San Marzano style tomatoes, broth, fresh basil & butter. Smooth & tangy tomato soup that comes together fast. Perfect for a quick weeknight meal or lunch.

Easy 10-Minute Tomato Basil Soup recipe made with San Marzano style tomatoes, broth, fresh basil & butter. Smooth & tangy tomato soup that comes together fast.

Tomato soup is pure comfort food for me! It’s one of those foods that I enjoy on a cold day with some crusty French bread. This version comes together in a snap and is so full of flavor, you’ll be glad you have leftovers.

Easy 10-Minute Tomato Basil Soup recipe made with San Marzano style tomatoes, broth, fresh basil & butter. Smooth & tangy tomato soup that comes together fast.

Ingredients for Tomato Basil Soup

Here’s what you’ll need to make this recipe:

San Marzano Style Tomatoes

I recommend using Hunt’s San Marzano Style tomatoes- they’re brand new! San Marzano style tomatoes are a sweeter tomato that are low in acidity, with a thick juice that makes them perfect for cooking. Hunt’s San Marzano Style Tomatoes are all-natural and steam peeled and have a bright, tangy fresh flavor.

Hunt’s San Marzano Style Tomatoes are sold in a large 28-oz can and come in three flavors: Plain, Italian, and spicy red pepper.

ingredients for easy tomato basil soup

Fresh or Dried Basil

I love using fresh basil leaves for this soup, but in a pinch you can use dried basil. Fresh basil has a wonderful flavor that is difficult to replicate, even in the dried herbs.

Butter and Cream

Both ingredients seem a little odd for tomato soup, but please don’t leave them out! The butter adds a velvety texture and the cream adds a richness that just tastes lovely. If you don’t want to use heavy cream, you can add milk, sour cream or plain Greek yogurt instead.

ingredients for easy tomato basil soup

Remaining ingredients

You’ll also need chicken broth, a bit of brown sugar, and onion powder. That’s it!

How to make Tomato Soup

Making this Tomato Basil soup recipe is easy! Here’s what you’ll need to do:

how to make tomato basil soup recipe

Prep the tomatoes

First, lightly drain tomatoes. The liquid is thicker in Hunt’s San Marzano Style Tomatoes but I still drained a bit out. I opened the can, then used the lid to stop the tomatoes and drained for just a few seconds.

Pour the tomatoes into large 2 quart bowl. (Make sure it can still fit in the microwave!)

how to make tomato basil soup recipe

Add remaining ingredients & heat

Add in broth, brown sugar, onion powder & basil leaves. Gently stir. Cover & microwave for 5 minutes on high.

Add butter

Remove cover. Add in butter. Let sit 3-4 minutes, until melted.

puree tomatoes for tomato basil soup

Puree Soup

Puree soup using an immersion blender for 1 minute. Add cream if desired. Serve, garnished with an additional drizzle of cream & fresh basil.

easy tomato basil soup recipe

easy tomato basil soup recipe

Easy 10-Minute Tomato Basil Soup

Easy 10-Minute Tomato Basil Soup recipe made with San Marzano style tomatoes, broth, fresh basil & butter. Smooth & tangy tomato soup that comes together fast. Perfect for a quick weeknight meal or lunch. 

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Course: lunch, Soup

Cuisine: American

Keyword: tomato basil soup

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Servings: 6

Calories: 136kcal

Ingredients

  • 28 oz can Hunt’s San Marzano Style whole tomatoes
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 TBSP brown sugar
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 8-10 fresh basil leaves*
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream optional

Instructions

  • Lightly drain tomatoes. Pour into large 2 quart bowl. (Make sure it can still fit in the microwave!)

  • Add in broth, brown sugar, onion powder & basil leaves. Gently stir. Cover & microwave for 5 minutes on high.

  • Remove cover. Add in butter. Let sit 3-4 minutes, until melted.

  • Puree soup using an immersion blender for 1 minute. Add cream if desired. Serve, garnished with an additional drizzle of cream & fresh basil.

Notes

*Can substitute 1 tsp dried basil instead of fresh basil leaves

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 136kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 405mg | Potassium: 294mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 565IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1mg

how to make tomato basil soup recipe

Toppings for Tomato Basil Soup

I topped my soup with a drizzle of heavy cream and some fresh basil leaves. I also love topping it with croutons, Parmesan cheese, and soup crackers.

tomato basil soup recipe

When to serve Tomato Soup

Tomato soup is one of those recipes that can be served as lunch or dinner. Round out the meal with some fresh bread and a side salad and you’re set!

Quick & easy Tomato Basil Soup recipe made in just 10 minutes! We used San Marzano style tomatoes, broth, fresh basil & butter to make this smooth & tangy tomato soup. Perfect for a quick weeknight meal or lunch.

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Easy 10-Minute Tomato Basil Soup recipe made with San Marzano style tomatoes, broth, fresh basil & butter. Smooth & tangy tomato soup that comes together fast. Perfect for a quick weeknight meal or lunch. #tomato #soup #basil #easysoup #tomatosoup #recipe #easyrecipe #lunch #meatless from BUTTER WITH A SIDE OF BREAD

Quick & easy Tomato Basil Soup recipe made in just 10 minutes! We used San Marzano style tomatoes, broth, fresh basil & butter to make this smooth & tangy tomato soup. Perfect for a quick weeknight meal or lunch.

WHITE CHOCOLATE CHEX MIX – Butter with a Side of Bread by Gordon Ramsay

WHITE CHOCOLATE CHEX MIX - Butter with a Side of Bread


White Chocolate Chex Mix is made with cereal, pretzels, peanuts and M&Ms all coated in white chocolate. This easy chex mix recipe is salty and sweet and comes together in less than 5 minutes!

White Chocolate Chex Mix is one of my favorite recipes to take to a party or to divide up into cute little bags to hand out to neighbors and friends during the holidays.  The white chocolate coating is easily melted in the microwave – this recipe could not be any easier! Although I typically make this recipe around the holidays, it is a great snack mix for the rest of the year too. Just use regular M&Ms instead of the holiday variety and this chex mix recipe becomes the perfect snack recipe all year long!

White Chocolate Chex Mix is made with cereal, pretzels, peanuts and M&Ms all coated in white chocolate. This easy chex mix recipe is salty and sweet and comes together in less than 5 minutes!

This White Chocolate Party Mix recipe makes a very large batch of chex mix so you’ll definitely want to plan to share! This snack mix is one of the yummiest that I’ve tried and even though it is delicious (and somewhat addictive!), I feel like my family can barely make a dent because it makes so much! I love taking this recipe to parties and handing it out to neighbors and friends.

My favorite way to gift this delicious chex mix recipe is to put it in cellophane bags like these. These work great for teacher Christmas gifts too! You can easily make 15-20 generously portioned gift bags out of one batch – super easy, super cheap and everyone loves this delicious snack mix.

White Chocolate Chex Mix is made with cereal, pretzels, peanuts and M&Ms all coated in white chocolate. This easy chex mix recipe is salty and sweet and comes together in less than 5 minutes!

Ingredients in White Chocolate Chex Mix

5 cups mini pretzels
5 cups Honey Nut Cheerios
5 cups Corn Chex
2 cups salted peanuts
1 lb. M&M’s
2 pkg. white chocolate chips (12 oz. each)
3 tablespoons coconut oil (vegetable oil works fine too)

How to make White Chocolate Chex Mix

Combine the pretzels, Cheerios, Chex, peanuts and M&M’s in a large bowl.  Set aside.

In a separate bowl, heat white chocolate chips and oil in the microwave for one minute.  Stir, and then microwave for one more minute.  Stir until smooth and completely melted.

Pour the melted chocolate over cereal mixture.  Mix well and then spread onto a jelly roll pan lined with wax paper.

Let cool and then break apart.  Serve or store in an air tight container.

White Chocolate Chex Mix is made with cereal, pretzels, peanuts and M&Ms all coated in white chocolate. This easy chex mix recipe is salty and sweet and comes together in less than 5 minutes!

White Chocolate Chex Mix

White Chocolate Chex Mix is made with cereal, pretzels, peanuts and M&Ms all coated in white chocolate. This easy chex mix recipe is salty and sweet and comes together in less than 5 minutes!

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Course: Snack/ Dessert

Cuisine: American

Keyword: white chocolate chex mix

Servings: 20

Ingredients

  • 5 cups mini pretzels
  • 5 cups Honey Nut Cheerios
  • 5 cups Corn Chex
  • 2 cups salted peanuts
  • 1 lb. M&M’s
  • 2 pkg. vanilla chips 12 oz. each
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil vegetable oil works fine too

Instructions

  • Combine the pretzels, Cheerios, Chex, peanuts and M&M’s in a large bowl.  Set aside.

  • In a separate bowl, heat the white chocolate chips and oil in the microwave for one minute.  Stir, and then microwave for one more minute.  Stir until smooth and completely melted.

  • Pour the melted chocolate over cereal mixture.  Mix well and then spread onto a jelly roll pan lined with wax paper.

  • Let cool and then break apart.  Serve or store in an air tight container.

What type of chocolate works best in white chocolate party mix?

I usually just use whatever brand of white chocolate chips I happen to have on hand, and the recipe tastes amazing and works out well every time! If you are a little bit pickier about your chocolate, you can definitely use a higher quality white chocolate for the candy coating on this Chex mix. I actually don’t usually like white chocolate very much, but absolutely love it in this recipe – something about the other flavors makes it so yummy!

White Chocolate Chex Mix is made with cereal, pretzels, peanuts and M&Ms all coated in white chocolate. This easy chex mix recipe is salty and sweet and comes together in less than 5 minutes!

How long can you store chex mix?

This chex mix recipe will stay fresh for about 3-4 days in an airtight container. Any longer than that, and the cereal will start to taste a bit stale, so make sure to package some up and start handing it out to the neighbors – this batch is pretty large!

White Chocolate Chex Mix is made with cereal, pretzels, peanuts and M&Ms all coated in white chocolate. This easy chex mix recipe is salty and sweet and comes together in less than 5 minutes!

White Chocolate Chex Mix is made with cereal, pretzels, peanuts and M&Ms all coated in white chocolate. This easy chex mix recipe is salty and sweet and comes together in less than 5 minutes!

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