it's only tuesday and this week is already proving to be a hectic one. what with all the holiday baking, online christmas shopping, mitch's final taking, and packing and moving our apartment, this house has spun into one seriously chaotic web. however, there is one holiday tradition that can't be overlooked despite all of our current chaos. a tradition that my grandma did and mom did and I have sort of done the past few years. and that's the tradition of holiday neighbor gifts. this year, I picked things that were somewhat traditional, sweet and tasty, and that needed ingredients that I could get my hands on here on our little island. and the best part is? they can all be baked at 350 degrees fahrenheit, which if you're needing to multitask your oven, is super convenient.
here's what I included in mine ::
sugar cookies via vintage revival
some chocolate covered pretzel rods (fairly self explanatory)
and these magic bars ::
1/2 cup of butter or margarine
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 bag chocolate chips
(I used semi-sweet)
1 bag butterscotch chips
1 cup shredded coconut
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup nuts
(left out because of allergies)
step one :: preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. melt butter or margarine in the bottom of the pan. I usually just stick it in the preheating oven for a few minutes.
step two :: if you put pan in the oven, remove it and spread graham cracker crumbs evenly throughout the bottom of the pan.
step three :: spread a layer of chocolate chips, a layer of butterscotch chips, and a layer of coconut on top of the graham cracker crust. drizzle sweetened condensed milk evenly on top.
step four :: stick in the oven for 30 minutes or until sweetened condensed milk is no longer visible and coconut is toasted.
step five :: remove from oven and cool. cut into 1'' squares. then, share the love!
and that's just about as simple as neighbor gifts get! perfect if your holiday season is as crazy as mine. those magic squares were my absolute childhood favorite and I used to get so frustrated that my mom would, basically, give them all away! sad to say, I pretty much did the same thing to mitch this year. with the promise I would make him another pan when we get to the states in two days! I hope you are all having a wonderful tuesday and thanks for reading!