Saturday, November 30, 2013

12 Days of Christmas Cookies - Day #3 - Cadbury Christmas Bars

Happy Saturday!  I know that I usually post a weekly dessert recipe on Friday, but I was busy celebrating Thanksgiving with my family, and I know that you were too!  John had to work on Thanksgiving morning, so yesterday we woke up, ate our family's favorite whole wheat chocolate chip pancakes, and watched the parade that I had on the DVR!  It was a great morning.

Did you have a wonderful holiday?  I hope so!  Mine was filled with good family and good food!  Of course, it doesn't really matter what I do as long as I have these two little turkeys...
They are what I am most thankful for on Thanksgiving and every single day!  Even when we have hard days (and some days are like that with a one and two year old) I am still grateful that God blessed me with two amazing miracles! 

We used our wedding china for the very first time on Thanksgiving!  How long have we been married?  November 15th (Blakely's first birthday) marked 4 1/2 years of wedded bliss!  I don't know why we have never used our china before this because I thoroughly enjoyed eating off of these beautiful plates - especially the pink one! 

So back to the dessert.  A few weeks ago I posted my love of the Cadbury Egg with you!  No, not the one that is gigantic and gooey in the middle - I'm taking about the tiny chocolate cadbury eggs with the candy shell!  I did not know until a recent trip to Wegmans that these little nuggets of deliciousness come in CHRISTMAS COLORS!  I thought they only came out at Easter, and I was happy to be wrong for once! I was also thrilled that they are a safe peanut-free candy for Lacie to enjoy! Oh this find made my day! I promptly bought one four bags and knew I had to use them to make a Christmas Cookie!

What You Need to Make the Cadbury Christmas Bars:
  • 1 box vanilla cake mix (yellow or white would work just fine too)
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 bags of Cadbury Eggs (of the Christmas Color variety) 
Now Let's Make the Cadbury Christmas Bars
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and liberally grease a 9x13 pan with butter or cooking spray
  2. Open your Cadbury eggs (try not to eat any) and pour the entire first bag and half of the second bag into a large ziploc bag (save the remaining half of the eggs - don't start eating them - you will use them too)
  3. Seal the bag and use a rolling pin to lightly crush the Cadbury Eggs (you don't want them to be ground into find powder - you still want there to be big chunks in your batter).  Set bag aside
  4. In a large mixing bowl stir together the cake mix, melted butter, and both eggs
  5. Fold in the crushed Cadbury Eggs
  6. Spread into greased 9x13 pan
  7. Take remaining whole Cadbury Eggs and sprinkle on top
  8. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes
  9. Remove from oven and lightly push down with the back of a spatula - making the surface of your bars flat
  10. Return to oven for five minutes
  11. Remove from oven and push down with spatula again if needed to make the cookie bars flat
  12. Cool in pan completely
  13. Cut into squares and try not to eat them all yourself! 

These cookies are A*M*A*Z*I*N*G!!! And yes, we ate them on Thanksgiving!  I arranged them on a Christmas plate with the turkey cookies that Lacie made! 

It was Thanksgiving meets Christmas at the Hilosky house!  Nothing wrong with that! 
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