Can we talk about Santa for a moment?
I am not a fan of Santa. Every year I bust my butt Christmas Shopping, creating fun surprises for the kids, keeping the idea of Santa alive. The whole charade is exhausting and expensive. I do all the work. Santa gets all the credit.
Not only does he get all the credit, I have to bake him damn cookies, and leave his ridiculous reindeer carrots.
Maybe my husband and I take it a step too far... we nibble on the cookies leaving crumbs, make a bit of a mess because apparently Santa is a fat messy man. We even leave chewed up pieces of carrots out on the deck so the kids think the deer were nibbling on them outside. Yes I said chewed up.
Between wrapping, stuffing stockings, piling gifts under the tree, eating cookies and spitting out chewed up carrots on our deck... I get a tad tired. All in all the Hubs and I are up until 1 am every year.
And you know the kids are up at like 4 freaking AM to tell us Santa came. Our Christmas morning starts off with a lot of coffee and with tired eyes, as we watch the kids unwrap their gifts.
It is all so worth it.
All the work that goes into pulling off another Christmas that knocks the socks of your kids, keeps their imagination alive is worth every penny, every paper cut (yes I have issues with wrapping), cookie crumbs and chewed up carrot bits in the world.
This year to keep the magic alive we are making Santa these Christmas Magic Bars. Similar to the classic Magic Bar or as some call them 7 Layer Bars but made with holiday flavors. I decided to go with a gingersnap crust instead of a graham, eggnog instead of sweetened condensed milk, and cinnamon chips instead of butterscotch or chocolate. Most magic bars use coconut, I opted to leave it off because I didn't think the flavor would match the holiday ingredients.
Christmas Magic Bars
- 1 1/4 cups gingersnap crumbs ( I make my own by grinding up the cookies)
- 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, melted
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup of eggnog
- 1 bag of Hershey's Cinnamon Chips
- 1 cup of your favorite chopped nuts (I used almonds, but pecans and walnuts would be fab)
- Preheat oven to 350.
- In a small mixing bowl combine gingersnaps, melted butter and salt together.
- Press into the bottom of a 9x9 greased baking dish.
- Top with cinnamon chips and nuts.
- Drizzle eggnog over the top.
- Bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until the center has set.
- Allow to cool completely before slicing. Slicing them hot will guarantee that they will mush and fall apart. So be patient!