Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Peppermint Mocha Magic Bars

7-Layer Magic Bars, all decked out from top to bottom in the delicious flavors of chocolate and peppermint, with just a hint of mocha to top it all off. Pure peppermint mocha deliciousness.

Last night was Greta's kindergarten Christmas concert....and I gotta say....I didn't love it...! I mean - of course I loved seeing her up on stage in her cute little Christmas dress, and I loved seeing her singing and doing all the little hand motions, and I even loved seeing her act goofy with the little boy next to her. But all of that was no match for the fact that we were running late and got to the school minutes before the concert started.....only to find that the entire gym was PACKED with kindergarten and first grade families....meaning we had to stand behind all the other people who had also gotten there late....and two songs later, they were done! DONE!!

Yep.....all of that for TWO songs! (Can you see why I didn't love it?) I guess I just feel like, if we're going to go through the hassle of rushing through dinner and getting everyone dressed in fancy clothes and finding a parking spot in a slippery, overfilled lot in the middle of winter....they could have at least sung 3, maybe 4, songs? To make our efforts feel worth it? (Am I a terrible mom for saying that??)

Don't answer that. Ha! Either way....we will be back there tonight for Ellia's turn. And I've definitely learned a few things from last night's experience. Like we need to start getting ready the second they get off the bus....and dinner has to be something quick and easy....and, at the end of the day, even two songs is worth it, I suppose. Hey - it's better than 20!! (I'm still on the fence about that last one.) But one thing I can guarantee is worth it?? These Peppermint Mocha Magic Bars! Quick, easy, foolproof, ooey, gooey, and utterly delicious. Does it get any better....?

Peppermint Mocha Magic Bars
1 package Peppermint Oreos (sub regular or Cool Mint Oreos if you can't find them!)
1/4 c. butter, softened
2 c. peppermint mini marshmallows
1 c. chocolate chips
1 c. white chocolate chips
1 c. shredded coconut
1 c. crushed candy canes (approx.12)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2-3 tsp. instant coffee 

1. Using a food processor, crush Oreos to a fine crumb.
2. Mix Oreo crumbs with softened butter and press into the bottom of a greased 9x13 inch pan.
3. Top with mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, shredded coconut, and crushed candy canes.
4. Combine sweetened condensed milk with instant coffee; pour evenly over pan.
5. Bake at 350 degrees 25 minutes.


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  1. Thank Goodness Cathy - I thought I was the only one! Riley's concert is tonight - and I know it will be jammed and hot - and she needs "to report" at 6:30 for the concert that starts at 7:30! Just sort of dreading it. Of course I'm excited to see her but you know - it's just one of those things. Thank you for the tips :) AND thank you for this delicious recipe!!! I made the Gingerbread Buckeyes yesterday and these are next on my list. Treat platters for everyone (is that what you do?) and tons of variety all because I'm using your amazing, amazing recipes! Have fun tonight!!!

  2. It does sound like a pretty hectic night and thanks for the heads up for when my kids start singing at their school concerts.
    Hopefully you had some of these bars to come home to. They look so wonderfully decadent and festive! Love all these lavish layers and I'll bet they taste amazing, thanks for sharing Cathy:)

  3. Dear Cathy, I can relate completely with you...I remember those days and all that hassle...thank goodness it's all behind me now, although sometimes I miss it a little. These peppermint bars are magical! They look so pretty and delicious. My daughter would love them very much. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year. Blessings, Catherine

  4. Mocha and Peppermint?! AMAZING!!! Love it!

  5. OMG I saw this on the link party and am dying to try these!!!!!!


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