Friday, December 11, 2015

Glade® Limited Edition Winter Collection...Featuring Peppermint Bark Magic Cookie Bars #HolidayWithGlade #ad

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The holidays are in full swing – and the sights, tastes...and smells...of the season are simply magical! All it takes is one whiff of pine or peppermint, and it officially feels like the holidays to me. Scent truly helps set the mood, so I surround myself with fragrances from the Glade® Limited Edition Winter Collection! Glade® believes that scent is a catalyst to feeling the way you want to feel. You don't just smell Glade® -- you feel it! Every fragrance in the Glade® Limited Edition Winter Collection evokes special holiday moments with friends and family. I found the entire Glade® Limited Edition Winter Collection on a special display located in the aisle of my local H-E-B. 
My neighborhood H-E-B carries four scents from the the Glade® Limited Edition Winter Collection: BE AT PEACE™ (scents of Balsam Fir and Juniper), CHERISH THE PRESENT™ (scents of Apple Cinnamon), SEND A LITTLE LOVE™ (scents of Vanilla Biscotti™), and SHARE THE SPIRIT™ (scents of Pomegranate Sparkler™) . These four scents smell fantastic, but BE AT PEACE™ and CHERISH THE PRESENT™ really put me in a festive holiday mood. I have an artificial tree, and I miss the smell of a fresh pine tree. When I smelled BE AT PEACE™, the scent of Balsam Fir & Juniper immediately reminded me of a Christmas tree! I selected a 2-in-1 candle that combines BE AT PEACE™ & CHERISH THE PRESENT™ scents in one candle. The two scents combine really nicely -- and they inspired me to get in the kitchen and create a fun holiday treat! 

Peppermint is my favorite holiday flavor, so I created Peppermint Bark Magic Cookie Bars to bring my favorite flavors and scents together. These Peppermint Bark Magic Cookie Bars are my holiday spin on the classic cookie bar. These yummy bars feature a base of peppermint-flavored chocolate sandwich cookies, sweetened condensed milk, white and semisweet chocolate, marshmallows, and crushed peppermint. If you love peppermint bark, you’ll go nuts for these easy-to-make bar cookies!

Peppermint Bark Magic Cookie Bars
a Weekend Gourmet Original 
Ingredients (makes 18 bars):
  • 25 peppermint-flavored chocolate sandwich cookies, made into crumbs
  • 4 tbs. butter, melted
  • 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup + ⅓ cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup + ⅓ cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup + ⅓ cup finely crushed candy canes (available in baking aisle)
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 13x9 baking pan with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick spray; set aside. Add the cookie crumbs to the bottom of the pan and add the melted butter. Stir to combine and evenly press down into the bottom of the pan. Evenly spread the sweetened condensed milk on top of the cookie crumbs.
Step 2: Evenly top the sweetened condensed milk with the mini marshmallows and 1 cup of the semisweet chips. Then, evenly top with 1 cup of the white chocolate chips and 1 cup of the crushed candy canes. Bake the bars for 20-25 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through baking. The bars are done when the condensed milk is bubbly around the edges and the marshmallows are lightly toasted and brown.
Step 3: Melt the remaining ⅓ cup of the semisweet chips in the microwave, and add the melted chocolate to a small plastic zip bag. Snip the corner off and drizzle on top of the bars. Repeat the process with the remaining ⅓ cup of the white chocolate chips. Sprinkle the remaining ⅓ cup of crushed peppermint on top of the chocolate drizzle. Put the baking pan in the fridge for 30-minutes to 1 hour to firm up.
Step 4: When ready to serve, remove the foil-lined bars from the baking pan. Using a sharp serrated knife, cut into 18 bars. Store in an air-tight container. These bars are rich, so one is a perfect holiday treat paired with a glass of ice-cold milk!
These Peppermint Bark Magic Cookie Bars are the perfect holiday treat for peppermint lovers! They’re gooey and sweet, with the perfect amount of peppermint flavor in every bite. These bars would be a perfect addition to holiday cookie gift plates -- or party dessert displays! I took the bars to work to share with my co-workers...but not before enjoying one at home. I paired it with a huge glass of icy-cold milk, with holiday music playing and my Glade® 2-in-1 BE AT PEACE™ and CHERISH THE PRESENT™ Jar Candle providing the perfect holiday scent! Life is especially busy during the holidays, and this 10-minute break was just what I needed to get into the holiday spirit! How do you use scent to set the mood at your house during the holiday season? Leave me a comment below telling me what scents evoke the magic of the holidays in your mind!

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