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Candy Cane Dessert Bars

Santa's elves would love this no-bake peppermint dessert. A rich, fluffy, peppermint filling sits atop layers of chocolate and crushed graham crackers.

   
 

Preparation Time: 20 Mins.
Total Time to Serve: 2 Hours 20 Mins.
Servings: 24

INGREDIENTS

14 Keebler® Grahams Original Keebler® Grahams Original
OR
1 Keebler® Graham Cracker Crumbs Keebler® Graham Cracker Crumbs
3 granulated sugar granulated sugar
1/3 butter or margarine, melted butter or margarine, melted
1 semi-sweet chocolate morsels semi-sweet chocolate morsels
3/4 whipping cream whipping cream
2 (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
1 powdered sugar powdered sugar
1 peppermint extract peppermint extract
1/2 vanilla vanilla
4 drops red food coloring (optional) drops red food coloring (optional)
1 whipping cream whipping cream
1 coarsely crushed peppermint candy canes or round peppermint candies (about 40 round candies) coarsely crushed peppermint candy canes or round peppermint candies (about 40 round candies)
24 small candy canes (optional) small candy canes (optional)

DIRECTIONS

1. Finely crush crackers (should have about 1 3/4 cups crumbs). In small bowl stir together crackers and granulated sugar. Add butter. Toss until combined. Press onto bottom of 13 x 9 x 2-inch dish. Refrigerate until needed.

2. In small saucepan combine chocolate morsels and 3/4 cup cream. Cook and stir over low heat until smooth. Pour over graham layer. Refrigerate until needed.

3. In large mixing bowl beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, peppermint extract and vanilla until fluffy. Beat in food coloring, if desired.

4. Gradually add 1 cup whipping cream to cream cheese mixture, beating on high speed until fluffy. Fold in crushed candies. Spread over chocolate layer. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.

5. Cut into squares. Top each square with candy cane, if desired. Store in refrigerator.

*NOTE: Each cracker sheet measures about 5 x 2-inches and is scored into 4 pieces.

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