Friday, November 11, 2011

Chocolate Mint Layer Bars


Hey there everyone!  I know I disappeared for a bit, but we were relocating!  I now have my own kitchen back, none of my kitchen stuff yet, but lets just get right into the baking!  Christmas is coming and my kitchen is running pretty much 24/7 this time of year.  No time to waste!

This recipe is actually from one of those free recipe cards you see just about everywhere this time of year.  I was walking down the seasonal baking display at our grocery store and saw these delicious mint chocolate chips that I loved last year.  They were buy one get one free so I just couldn't resist!  Plus they had recipes right there!  They were calling my name...I couldn't leave them there unbaked on the shelf.

This recipe is super duper simple!  Took maybe 30 minutes and 25 minutes of those were the bars baking in the oven.  They taste and look great!  Hint, hint guys!  Awesome idea for Christmas goodies for bake sales or gifts!


Small ingredient list today!


Using a food processor or rolling pin, crush the Oreos up finely enough to be used for a crust.


Like this!


Just plop the butter in the pan and melt it up while the oven is preheating.


Add in the cookie crumbs when the butter is all melted and carefully stir (that pan is hot remember?!)


Press into the bottom of the pan to form the crust.


Sprinkle on the chopped nuts and coconut.


Add the sweetened condensed milk and chips and bake 20-25 minutes!


YUMMY!!!! 

Scrumptious Chocolate Mint Layer Bars
Makes 24 bars

2 cups Oreos, finely ground (about 1/2 package or 15 cookies)
1/4 cup butter
1 1/2 cups chopped nuts
1 cup flaked coconut
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
1 2/3 cups (10 oz. pkg.) dark chocolate & mint chips

Preheat oven to 350F.

Using a food processor, grind up the cookies.  If you don't have a food processor you could pick up the little one I have at Wal-Mart for $10 or go old school and put the Oreos in a large ziploc and crush them using a rolling pin or meat tenderizer.  (If you use a meat tenderizer be sure to pay attention to which side you use.  The pointy side WILL make holes in the bag and therefore make a large mess...trust me!)

Melt the butter in a 9" x 13" baking pan in the oven.  When the butter is all melted, remove the pan from the oven and pour in the cookie crumbs.  Mix carefully and press into the bottom of the pan to form the crust.  Next sprinkle on the nuts and coconut.  Pour the condensed milk over the coconut and nuts as evenly as you can.  Top with the dark chocolate & mint chips then bake for 20-25 minutes or until the coconut is lightly browned.

Cool in the pan on a cooling rack.  Once completely cool, cut into bars and serve!

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