12 Days of Christmas: Homemade Holiday Cheer

Happy Holidays! 

I am sharing all of gift guides to really narrow down the best gifts for the people in your life. Shipping may be an issue this year, but you should be good if you order before December 15th! 

If you haven’t already seen my holiday gift guide, check out here. 

Today is about homemade gifts! Every year, my mom and her best friend, Jan bake with their kids. It’s such a special tradition. I try to bake something a little special (last year it was macarons) but we have some staples like decorated sugar cookies, Rolos melted into a pretzel with a pecan, peanut butter cookies with a kiss in the center, and my personal favorite, seven layer magic bars!  (I shared the recipe below.)

We have grown up during baking with our moms and now our children bake with us. 

The best part is that we end up with SO many cookies and baked goods. So many, in fact that we can share them with many more families. I love wrapping a few cookies into parchment paper and putting them into a cookie tin or box and delivering them to friends. I truly believe that it is the thought that counts and cookies are the most thoughtful gift because they are delicious!

I’d love to hear your favorite Christmas cookie! Share with me by tagging me on Instagram!

Happy baking! 

7 Layer Magic Bars

1 1/2 c. graham cracker crumbles
1/2 c. butter (I love Kerry Gold!)
c. chocolate chips (add in red and green m&ms for Christmas colors!)
1 c. butterscotch chips 
1 c. sweetened coconut flakes
1/2 c. walnuts (chopped)Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line a baking sheet or dish with parchment and grease with butter or cooking spray.
Melt butter in saucepan.
Remove butter from heat.
Stir graham crackers into melted butter.
Pour the graham cracker mixture into the baking sheet and press to make a crust. 
Evenly distribute the remaining layers onto the crust in this order: 
c. chocolate chips
1 c. butterscotch chips
1 c. sweetened coconut flakes
1/2 c. walnuts (chopped)Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Let cool.
When completely cooled, cut into bars and serve.

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