Leftover Goodies

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??? 

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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.

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Once smooth, stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla and crushed Oreos (I used a mixture of mint and regular ~20 total).

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Spread mixture onto baking pan sprayed with cooking spray and store in the refrigerator until set, about 1 hour.

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Cut into small squares and serve.  Store in airtight container in fridge.

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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.

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The bars are easy to make loaded with nuts and dried fruit.

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I was a little nervous about how thin they looked, but baked them anyways.

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The sad thing is that I think I tried to cut them too early (Mama Pea warns against this).

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Instead of a solid bar, I got a mishmash of gooey fruits and nuts.

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I tried to push them back together with no luck, but ended up with a container of KIND bar chunks.

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Just as tasty, but harder to control your portions.

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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???

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