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Gingerbread 7-Layer Bars

Today, I’m grateful for: Daylight Savings.

You don’t really get a lot of that in the fall. It doesn’t seem like many people enjoy losing the light earlier. And I will say it makes getting my photographing done a little more challenging. But, overall, I really kind of like it.

I remember when I had to wake up at 5:30am for work, and I liked it to be light earlier. But I don’t have to wake up at the crack of dawn anymore, so I’d rather not be interrupted by sunny rays any earlier than I absolutely must. It’s one of the perks of my phase in life. I know it won’t last forever, but… it’s here for now, and I’ll take it!

I also really love the coziness of dark evenings. Don’t get me wrong– by March, I’m ready for those long, lazy summer nights. But, right now, the early dark just makes me think of hot chocolate and warm fuzzy blankets.

Oh– and here’s something else that’s pretty grand about Daylight Savings: I put my kid to bed at 5:30 tonight.

I am so. not. kidding. And you know what else? She’ll sleep straight until 7:30 tomorrow morning. Are you just dying and hating me right now? It’s ok, I understand. All of my free time tonight makes your hate sting a little less ;) .

Honestly though, she’s just an incredible sleeper. From day 1! We got lucky, and we know it. Chris and I are both pretty confident our next one will be a disastrous sleeper (karma, right?), so we’re soaking up the good 12-15 hours nights while they last.

And, just so you know, I don’t put poor baby to bed at 5:30pm every night. Tonight was the result of her refusal to nap, the exhaustion of a preschool day, and the fact that it was dark at 5:30pm. And the fact that we’re taking a break from teething at the moment (great sleeper, horrible teether– just two molars left, hurrah!).

So what do I do with all of my Daylight Savings time?? I plot weight-gaining schemes. Obviously.

My latest trick? Gingerbread Oreos. Oh. My. Gosh. Have you guys tried those?

I just want to go ahead and point out: I really don’t evenlike gingerbread. I mean… it’s ok, like in cake and stuff. But, you won’t ever catching me shoveling gingerbread down my throat when Christmas brings around decadent treats like Peppermint Bark and Christmas Cadbury Eggs (sheesh, commercialized much BTW?).

But these Oreos are totally the exception. They are ah-mazing! Seriously good, and seriously worth eating (even over chocolate!).

I used gingerbread Oreos as my crust in this recipe, but just know that you could easily use gingerbread cookies if you’re looking for a stronger gingerbread taste. But, just know: I totally didn’t regret my decision ;)

Another thing to note about this recipe: I made my bars thick in an 8×8 square dish. This took the baking time up to about an hour. If you want thinner bars made in a 9×13 pan, you can still follow this recipe but double the crust and half the baking time!

Gingerbread 7-Layer Bars

Ingredients

  • 15 Gingerbread Oreos (1 1/2 cups, crushed)
  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup cinnamon chips
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 14.5 oz can sweetened condensed milk

Instructions

  1. Place the Oreos in a zip top bag. Seal the bag and use a rolling pin to crush them. Open the bag and add the butter. Place in the microwave, standing up. Heat for 30 seconds. Seal the bag again, and smush until the butter is fully incorporated with the cookie crumbs.
  2. Press the crumbs into the bottom of a parchment lined and lightly greased 8x8 baking dish.
  3. Cover the crust by evenly spreading over it: the white chips, the cinnamon chips, the pecans, and the miniature marshmallows.
  4. Pour the sweetened condensed milk over everything. You may need to use a rubber spatula to move the toppings around a bit so the SCM can seep down into the crust.
  5. Bake at 350º for 60 minutes (start checking at 50 minutes, you want it to be golden and bubbly).
  6. See note above in post about making thinner bars.
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28 Responses to “Gingerbread 7-Layer Bars”

  1. Melissa @ Bless This Mess posted on November 13, 2012 at 12:12 am (#)

    Say what?! This looks so out of control good! I’ll be excited to try it and cursing you at the same time. Happy Holidays Indeed!

  2. Jocelyn @BruCrewLife posted on November 13, 2012 at 8:44 am (#)

    you never know…Your next one just might be a good sleeper too. All 3 of our kids were great sleepers from about 2 months on. I love that you said you plot weight gain with all your free time:-) You crack me up girl!!! These bars in all their ooey gooeyness look insanely delicious! I’m not a big gingerbread fan either but these Oreos, they were awesome!!!

  3. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust posted on November 13, 2012 at 10:17 am (#)

    These are calling my name! I loooooove those Oreos way too much. Jordan’s done great with the time change…but I haven’t. 4am every day, like clockwork, even a week later!

  4. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel posted on November 13, 2012 at 11:12 am (#)

    Um, yeah. These need to go in my mouth ASAP. So gooey and outrageous. And I love the cinnamon chips. They are SO addicting!

  5. Liz posted on November 13, 2012 at 11:50 am (#)

    Wow! I love all things gingerbread so I know I would love these. I don’t think I’ll find the gingerbread Oreas in my area but I’ll make a gingerbread crust instead! Will have to try ASAP!

  6. Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection posted on November 13, 2012 at 12:12 pm (#)

    Oh see I love gingerbread, so this recipe has my name written all over it. STILL need to try the gingerbread Oreos…those are going on my shopping list pronto!

  7. Brenda @ SweetSimpleStuff posted on November 13, 2012 at 12:55 pm (#)

    OK … you have succeeded, I am drooling right now. I have not seen gingerbread Oreas … they are going on my shopping list too!

  8. Leslie posted on November 13, 2012 at 3:06 pm (#)

    Oh, my gosh!!!! This looks like heaven on a plate!! Your pictures are drool worthy! I am pinning this and making soon!
    Blessings,
    Leslie

  9. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie posted on November 13, 2012 at 3:42 pm (#)

    I might love you for this. I love gingerbread anything!

  10. sally @ sallys baking addiction posted on November 13, 2012 at 10:23 pm (#)

    ashton! we are on the same wavelength! i made 7 layer bars last week AND gingerbread cake last weekend – combine the two and you have these puppies :) They look so good! 7 layer bars are so fun to play around with – oh the possibilities!!!

  11. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl posted on November 13, 2012 at 11:14 pm (#)

    Okay, I’ve got to get some of these Gingerbread Oreos this weekend. These 7-layer bars look soooo good! And Ashton…your pictures are awesome! I love that first one, with the sweetened condensed milk running down the side. OMG, drool.

  12. Heather @French Press posted on November 14, 2012 at 12:24 am (#)

    anything with gooey sweetened condensed milk is a win in my book.
    and oh how I miss the days when I could put my kids to bed that early –
    now they’re up later than I am :)

  13. The Farm Girl posted on November 14, 2012 at 11:52 am (#)

    Ohhh I haven’t tried the gingerbread oreos and now I have the perfect excuse :) these look amazing!

  14. Shana Chambers posted on November 14, 2012 at 1:32 pm (#)

    I think you should regret your decision regarding the cookies you used and you should try gingersnaps…..less fattening. :0)

    • Ashton replied: — November 15th, 2012 @ 2:01 am

      Ha! There is no making this recipe any “less fattening,” my dear. But nice try :)

  15. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen posted on November 15, 2012 at 1:56 am (#)

    Can’t believe I didn’t know about Gingerbread Oreos. It’s a shame, really!

  16. TABITHA posted on November 16, 2012 at 7:52 pm (#)

    Am I missing the 7th layer somehow? Including the crust I only counted six… I am def going to make these for Thanksgiving… and for my team graduation at work the week after… and for Christmas…

    • Ashton replied: — December 3rd, 2012 @ 12:34 pm

      No! There are only six layers :) I just titled it 7-layer bars so people would know what I was talking about and could compare it to the right recipe!

  17. lindsay posted on November 23, 2012 at 7:16 pm (#)

    Hi! I just wanted to let you know that I am including these in a 25 crhistmas cookies and bars post at mommy’s sweet confessions. They are perfect!

  18. Laura Dembowski posted on November 25, 2012 at 4:36 pm (#)

    I am obsessed with gingerbread Oreos. They are so yummy! These bars look wonderful and are so creative!

  19. Lynne Butterfield posted on December 4, 2012 at 1:25 pm (#)

    Hi,

    This looks so very awesome and delicious. But I have one question….

    Where do I get cinnamon chips? We don’t have cinnamon Oreos so I’ll have too use gingerbread cookies. But I’vve never heard of cinnamon chips.

    Thanks for the recipe.

    Lynne

    • Ashton replied: — December 5th, 2012 @ 12:43 pm

      Hmm, cinnamon chips can be tricky to find. Although, at this time of year, you can usually find them at Walmart, Target, or most grocery stores in their seasonal baking section (usually on an end cap). And if you do, stock up!!! They’re really hard to find the rest of the year! If you can’t find them, here’s a recipe for homemade cinnamon chips: http://www.brighteyedbaker.com/2012/03/04/diy-cinnamon-chips/

  20. Patty posted on December 15, 2012 at 1:13 am (#)

    I made these today, using coconut in place of the marshmallows, doubling the crust, and using a 13 x 9 pan. They were delicious, and I would definitely make them again.

  21. Terrie Mann posted on December 22, 2012 at 11:13 pm (#)

    I made this recipe twice and both times my marshmallows on the top were golden brown after only about 20 minutes in the oven. When I left the bars in for 45 minutes the whole thing was inedible-almost black. The second time I covered the pan to try to prevent this but it didn’t help. I haven’t had any oven problems. What can I be doing wrong? Thanks Terrie
    ps I found it much easier to use my small chopper to crush the cookies and then melt the butter separately in another cup. I then poured them together and mixed thoroughly and patted into the bottom of the pan.

    • Ashton replied: — February 13th, 2013 @ 11:43 am

      Sorry SOOOOOOO late in getting back to you! I wanted to re-make these so I could answer your question with some certainty. As long as the marshmallows are covered completely in the sweetened condensed milk, they won’t burn. But they HAVE to be covered in the SCM.

    • John replied: — December 24th, 2013 @ 1:54 pm

      I got a similar result (with only one substitution of gingersnaps for the ginger oreos). The cook time seems too long. I don’t know if I covered all the marshmallows or not, but at least some were covered and it didn’t seem to make a difference. Checking after 50 minutes, the bars were not quite burnt but definitely overdone. They were not bad tasting, just a bit too hard and/or too chewy in spots. But I couldn’t serve them because they looked so weird — like some sort of hamburger and cheese casserole. Sincere thanks anyway for the recipe.

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