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Mrs. Claus's Dream Bars

Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Mindi Shapiro
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Christmas calls for cookie bars, and these include everything from gingersnaps to chocolate candies. How else would Mrs. Claus please everyone at the North Pole?

Ingredients

  • 2 cups gingersnap crumbs
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (6-ounce) package peanut butter chips
  • 3/4 cup miniature candy-coated chocolate pieces
  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut, optional
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

How to Make It

  1. Stir together gingersnap crumbs and melted butter in a medium bowl. Press mixture evenly into a greased 13- x 9-inch pan. Carefully spread condensed milk over crumb mixture.

  2. Combine peanut butter chips and remaining 3 ingredients in a medium bowl. Sprinkle mixture evenly over condensed milk; gently press mixture down.

  3. Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool in pan on wire racks. Cut into squares.

  4. Irene E. Souza, Cupertino, CA

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