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After last month’s amazing Pumpkin Pie Pop-Tarts posts, we were so excited to get the email to see if our family might want to participate in a holiday version!
Until the box arrived, we had a fun time guessing what flavor the Christmas season Pop-Tarts might be. Gingerbread was a front runner, candy cane/mint was one of Faith’s ideas, and Shaun even tossed in the idea of eggnog (which sounds rather bad, in my opinion). Our nice little box arrived with several packages of gingerbread Pop-Tarts. (Thank God Shaun was not right, I could not even fathom choking down eggnog flavored anything.)
After the initial family sampling and the awesome fact that mine had a hockey goalie on it, we needed a recipe to use with them. Since we did a Pumpkin Pie Pop-Tarts cheesecake, I wanted something different. Gingerbread Pop-Tarts would make an awesome cheesecake crust though, and I do plan to try that at a later date. Originally, my mom (who is always in on my baking plans) suggested an éclair style cake with a vanilla pudding and whipped cream topping. That was the plan, till Shaun randomly tossed in the idea of brownies.
Brownies and gingerbread sounded so good, and brownies, gingerbread and some candy cane flavored sounded even better, so he ran to the grocery store and I got to work. An hour later, we had a lovely pan of “Candy Cane-Gingerbread Brownies” that might not make it more than a day or two around here. He picked up the candy canes, so in lieu of mint, they are cherry flavored, but I think mint would be wonderful as well.
Candy Cane-Gingerbread Brownies
1 package brownie mix
1/2 cup oil
1/4 cup water
3 packages of Gingerbread Pop-Tarts (6 total pastries)
3 candy canes
Prepare brownie mix in a separate bowl with eggs, oil and water, mix well.
Crumble Gingerbread Pop-Tarts into coarse chunks and sprinkle at the bottom of a greased 9x9 pan.
Slowly pour brownie mixture over Pop-Tarts, spread to cover the pan if needed.
Bake for 30-32 minutes at 350 degrees.
Remove from oven, crush candy canes and sprinkle over top.
Return to oven for another 5 minutes till candy canes melt and glaze together.
Cool, cut & serve!
**Adjust your brownie recipe per the box you purchased (eggs, oil, water, etc).**
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