Christmas Bark Cookie Crunch

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This is a perfect way to use up all the little bits of leftovers and what not of candy and cookies you have lying around. Yes, this is Christmas oriented, but it doesn’t have to be specifically around Christmas. It could be around any holiday or no holiday at all.

There was a recipe for this which insert of followed but the beauty of it is that you can put whatever you want in it.

It starts with a “base” of sorts that is broken pretzels (1 1/2 cups), crushed Oreos (14) and peanuts (1/2 cup). Combine those three things and spread them out onto a cookie sheet lined with either wax paper or parchment paper. Be sure to spread it out so it is one layer (not a pile). I estimated all of those ingredients, using a pile of mini Oreos in place of the larger ones.

Once that is spread out, melt 1 pound of white chocolate chips in the microwave. Pour over the mixture if needed, spread it around with a spatula to ensure that everything is is covered.

Then you sprinkle on what ever else you want to have in it. The recipe suggested peanut butter chips, mini Reese’s cups, peanut m&ms and sprinkles (Christmas colors for all of it, of course).

I chose to use chopped Reese’s cups and crushed holiday mint m&ms (the ones you can only find around Christmas) along with some sprinkles. I was going to use more chopped candy bars but decided I had put enough of the other stuff on that I didn’t have that much more room. It called for a half cup of everything you put on the top. I estimated it, once again.

After it is made, put it in the fridge to let the chocolate harden. Break into pieces. I stored it in the fridge as I wasn’t sure if the chocolate would start to melt, or at least get soft, if it was sitting out on the counter.

Note – you may want to have everything ready to go before you melt the chocolate so you can easily pour it on and not worry about the chocolate hardening while you crush up more stuff.

I think it turned out pretty well although it is almost pure sugar. Definitely not something you want to try if you are trying to watch what you are eating but definitely a good way to use up all the extras you may have in the house.

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