Double Chocolate Gingerbread Nut Bars

Happy Christmas Eve!

I just wanted to pop in quickly to share a recipe for an awesome holiday treat I made Saturday night. As I mentioned earlier,  I had an itch to bake because Saturday was quite chilly by Florida standards. I concocted the following Christmas treat as I snuggled up in a blanket to watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation by a warm, crackling fire.

The following dessert isn’t exactly healthy, but what would Christmas be without a few indulgences?

Double Chocolate Gingerbread Nut Bars

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Like me, you’ll probably be heading out to a holiday party or two soon if you’re not hosting one at your own home. These dense but moist and cakey treats would be a perfect addition to any gathering.

Even though the recipe calls for a mix, you can let everyone “ooh” and “aahh” about your dessert. Don’t worry – your secret’s safe with me. 😉

Serving Size: 24 snack bars

Difficulty: Zero!

Total Preparation and Baking Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

  • One package Betty Crocker White Chip Macadamia Nut cookie mix
  • 1/3 cup softened butter or margarine (I used Country Crock Calcium plus Vitamin D)
  • Two large eggs
  • One teaspoon nutmeg
  • One teaspoon cinnamon
  • Two teaspoons ginger
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • One teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Splash of milk (for the eggs)
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chunks (I used Nestle’s semi-sweet variety)

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a 9-by-13 inch pan with cooking spray.
  2. Open and pour cookie mix into a large mixing bowl. Add the spices and stir.
  3. Whisk eggs, vanilla, milk and molasses in a separate bowl.
  4. After whisking, add the egg mixture and butter or margarine to the cookie mix. Stir by hand with a spatula until the mixture is well-combined.
  5. Pour the mixture into the pan and place in the oven. Set timer for 25 minutes.
  6. Remove the pan from the oven when 15 minutes remain and top the somewhat-baked bars with the chocolate chunks.
  7. Return pan to oven to finish cooking. The bars are completely cooked when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and the top of the bars have a deep golden-brown color.
  8. Allow the bars to cool for at least 15 minutes before cutting.

You can enjoy a bar (or two) with this healthier homemade eggnog or top with warm milk like I did.

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These little snackers also taste pretty darn good all by themselves.

Questions:

  1. What treats are you baking for holiday parties?
  2. What is your No. 1 holiday indulgence?

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