Saturday, December 22, 2012

reindeer bark

i just love the christmas season! don't you? 
so much baking and shopping and gift wrapping and family visiting. these are all some of my favortie things to do! but my absolute favorite is baking with family.

i can't describe the warm feeling i get when the kitchen is full of noise and laughter (and some bossing). to me, nothing says christmas is coming more than that. 

with so many treats going into the oven sometimes i like to make something that doesn't need the oven between batches. on of my favorite holiday treats has always been peppermint bark, but this year, with little O as a new part of our lives, i decided to make a more kid-friendly version:


1pkg vanilla almond bark
1/2 pkg cool mint oreos
1 bag christmas m&m's
christmas sprinkles

crush the oreos onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. add m&m's and make sure they are spread evenly.

melt the almond bark in the microwave according to the directions on the package. 

once completely melted and smooth, pour over the oreos and m&m's making sure to cover all of the candy. 

at this point you are supposed to add the sprinkles. i forgot this time, but it still tastes great without them. they're more for looks.

then you place the cookie sheet in the fridge for about 30 min. or until the almond bark has hardened completely.

then break the bark into pieces using your hands. it's okay if the pieces are different shapes and sizes. once broken into the desired sizes you can serve the bark immediately, save in a sealed container for a week, or package for gift giving. 

this is a super easy christmas treat and it's fun for kids to help make! it's also so delicious. this batch has already been devoured so i'm going to have to make more and hide it for christmas day.

{this post is a part of Krista's 25 letters of christmas link-up}

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