Holiday Leftover Bars

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Holiday Leftover Bars

Well, it’s Friday, and the Big Day is over.

You might have noticed that I didn’t really write a lot about Christmas, other than fact that the religion I belong to doesn’t do that holiday. Nope, I don’t have a tree. But I love baking for others during the holiday season even more. It’s such a great time for cookies and cheer!

Holiday Leftover Bars

When all the festivities have ended, my pantry is still full of holiday chips and holiday Oreos and the like. So this morning, I baked up these bars. They’ll be making the rounds to people this weekend who (I hope) appreciate them.

Holiday Leftover Bars

My post today is short because I spent the holiday yesterday with my family. I’m lucky enough to live near my siblings, and we had a great day together. Our kids love one another and, not having a Christmas dinner to consume, we went out to eat. French fries were involved. I was a happy camper.

Holiday Leftover Bars

But in the middle of the family and the hugs and all of the fun, I still had time to bake these, photograph them, and eat them. It added a little extra joy to the day!

Holiday Leftover Bars

If you’re like me and your pantry is full of half-used bags of holiday-themed treats, make these bars! I’ll write in the recipe what I used, but you can use any combination of treats you like.

Holiday Leftover Bars

And if you’d like to see me bake something specific in the new year, let me know! I’m having a bit of baker’s block these days, so suggestions are welcome!


Holiday Leftover Bars


1/4 cup butter
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
10-12 holiday Oreos, broken into pieces
1/2 cup holiday chips (Nestle brand)
1/2 cup Heath toffee bits
1/2 cup chocolate chunks
14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk (I used fat free)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Coat a 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Melt the butter with the chocolate chips in a medium-sized bowl, heating for one minute. Stir until smooth.
  3. Stir in the graham cracker crumbs and brown sugar until all ingredients are combined. Press evenly into the prepared pan and bake for 15 minutes.
  4. Remove the pan from the oven and layer on (in this order) the Oreos, holiday chips, toffee bits, and chocolate chunks. Pour the condensed milk over the top, trying to cover the entire surface.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the condensed milk is incorporated into the bars. Cool completely.
  6. Cut into squares and serve.


I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Manali @ CookWithManali

    those bars would be gone in minutes if they were in front of me! looks so good..yum!
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    1. Mir

      Yep, they’re much more fun this way than as pantry leftover bits, Manali!

  2. Danielle

    Baking during the holidays is fun! These bars are such a great idea, we always have wayyyy too much leftover this time of year.
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    1. Mir

      Isn’t that true? It’s fun to think of ways to use leftovers, Danielle!

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