Even with all of my baking this holiday season, I ended up with some leftover goodies. The BOY, despite claiming to be on a pre-vaca diet, has taken care of the extra M&M’s. The bigger questions…what to do with loads of nuts and two open containers of Oreos???
Apparently, the BOY opened the regular, didn’t like them, and switched to mint.
My solutions for the leftovers…
Mint Oreo Fudge
Pour 1 package of Nestle Dark Chocolate and Mint chips and 1 can of sweetened condensed milk into a saucepan. Melt over medium to low heat, stirring often.
Once smooth, stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla and crushed Oreos (I used a mixture of mint and regular ~20 total).
Spread mixture onto baking pan sprayed with cooking spray and store in the refrigerator until set, about 1 hour.
Cut into small squares and serve. Store in airtight container in fridge.
Homemade KIND Bars
And for the nuts, I tried out Mama Pea’s Homemade KIND bars from her book. I had a lot of leftover nuts, including sliced almonds. I added in a few chopped figs as well because they are so good.
The bars are easy to make loaded with nuts and dried fruit.
I was a little nervous about how thin they looked, but baked them anyways.
The sad thing is that I think I tried to cut them too early (Mama Pea warns against this).
Instead of a solid bar, I got a mishmash of gooey fruits and nuts.
I tried to push them back together with no luck, but ended up with a container of KIND bar chunks.
Just as tasty, but harder to control your portions.
With fewer ingredients crowding my counters, I am hoping to continue moving along on my kitchen clean up this week.
I still have some more almonds, pistachios, peanuts, and pecans left.
Any suggestions on what to do with them???