Friday, December 20

Christmas Magic Bars


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

Ingredients:
  •  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)
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a small mixing bowl combine gingersnaps, melted butter and salt together.
  3. Press into the bottom of a 9x9 greased baking dish. 
  4. Top with cinnamon chips and nuts.
  5. Drizzle eggnog over the top.
  6. Bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until the center has set. 
  7. Allow to cool completely before slicing.  Slicing them hot will guarantee that they will mush and fall apart. So be patient! 
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19 comments:

  1. These pictures are amazing, Carrie! I love the top one, a LOT.

    As for Santa, yes, I am sure it is a lot of work, but like you said... to see their happiness must be amazing. In the end, I guess it all works out :)

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    1. Thanks friend! That morning is always so worth all the stress!

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  2. LOVE the flavors in these bars! I only wish I had one right now! :) Too bad we don't live closer. I do agree Santa can be exhausting but it's worth it for now. Thankfully I've convinced the kids he only leaves one gift (unwrapped) per kid and the others are all from us.

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    1. Thanks Rachel! I always stress myself out but in the end it's worth it. The kids are so fun on Christmas morning.

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  3. Definitely want to do these. I hope our store has the cinnamon chips. And you're not alone with the Santa Fatigue. It made me laugh because my husband and I used to do the cookie and carrot thing so it would look like Santa and the reindeer had actually taken bites. Enjoy it. Our kids are teens now, and while it's less work there's also less magic. Thanks for the recipe.

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    1. It is so worth being over tired on Christmas Day. I dread the day the kids stop believing. Until that day the husband and I will jump through hoops to keep their imagination going.

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  4. absolutely beautiful....now I'm hungry.

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  5. These bar sound awesome!! I love the flavors!

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  6. It looks like there are chocolate chips in there too? Or are those just how the cinnamon chips baked?

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    1. No chocolate in this recipe, those are cinnamon chips. They look the same when baked ;)

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    2. Thanks Carrie! Will be making them tomorrow. I've actually been looking for a recipe using fresh cranberries (not dried) with white chocolate and macadamia nuts - years ago a local baker made them and called them "Snow Bars" and all he would tell me is that he sautéed fresh cranberries in brown sugar and butter. I tried to tinker with it but it always came out too wet for my taste - any suggestions?

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  7. Soon enough they won't believe in Santa anymore and the charade will be over! haha that made me sound like such a scrooge.

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  8. That sounds like a ton of work! Way to be thorough!

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  9. I completely agree. As much as being Santa can be exhausting, it is completely worth it and I look forward to it every single year! Although next year, I'm definitely leaving these magic bars. They look like what I get at our farmer's market, only better!

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  10. These sound so festive :) I am loving the flavors in here!

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  11. Santa is a lot of work isn't he? we leave magic reindeer food (oatmeal and glitter) to spare us from the chewing of vegetables. we do have to go and sweep it all up before the kids get up though. these look delicious! I'll be trying them for sure!

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  12. Yum! I missed all of this deliciousness because I was also the fool on the front lawn nibbling carrots on the 24th! So worth it but exhausting! Might have to make a batch of these this weekend to reward myself! Look delicious!

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