As you know, this long stint in the hotel has been wearing on me. It's not the swimming pool, the free Wi-Fi or being right on the beach. It's the lack of a kitchen.
In the middle of November I was invited to a cookie exchange. Awesome. Meeting new people and sharing holiday treats. It never (ever) occurred to me that my stuff wouldn't be here in time. I had a kitchen. It even has a "limited ocean view"....I can see it between the roof of the neighbor's house and trees.
What it doesn't have? Pans. Spoons. Spatulas.
So I had to rethink what I was going to make for the cookie exchange.
My new criteria? What used the fewest number of ingredients and required the least amount of kitchen implements.
But I do have friends that loan me things. Essential things.
Like a corkscrew.
|YAY for Friends
If I made bars, I could buy disposable pans. If I doubled the recipe, there would be no leftover ingredients. I didn't need a mixer. So I scouted my favorite food blogs and decided upon this recipe for Peppermint Gooey Bars by Crazy for Crust.
But there were a couple of logistical details. The original recipe made 1 9x9 pan. I needed to take more to the exchange. And the local Safeway didn't have the Andes peppermint crunch chips. But they did have Christmas mint M&Ms. And devil's food cake mix was on sale.
So, I improvised.
Three disposable 8x8 pans. I doubled the cake mix, butter and egg. 1 cup of M&Ms. 1 cup of chocolate chips. 1 can of sweetened condensed milk evenly divided over the three pans (no leftovers - can't do it).
Check out the original recipe linked above to appreciate the full scope of awesome. These were delicious, but my version wasn't a real exact recipe.
|Three pans ready to be covered in sweetened condensed milk and more dough
|So gooey, hot and delicious right out of the oven
|A photo on my lanai. Because I live in Hawaii and we have lanais.