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White Chocolate Peppermint Brownie Bark


White Chocolate Peppermint Brownie Bark
So, it seems that this time of the year, peppermint is a really popular flavor. Personally, I have to admit, I am not a fan, b ut when I saw this bag of M&Ms at my local supermarket, I was instantly inspired to bake something with it. I've never made any type of "bark" before, but the idea of brownie bark suddenly came to me and it sounded amazing. And I knew if I paired it with these white chocolate peppermint M&Ms, it would be a total hit for the holidays. Just so you guys know, making bark is like the easiest thing ever. You cannot mess it up. The secret ingredient to this particular brownie bark is dry milk powder, which keeps the bark from becoming too crunchy. I was so excited about trying this recipe that I forgot to buy this crucial ingredient. But my mother-in-law came in clutch because she actually had some in her pantry! I knew then that it was destined for me to make this bark. Now, I had a few different ideas about how I wanted to include t
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Gluten-Free Chocolate Mousse & Praline Pie

Gluten-Free Chocolate Mousse & Praline Pie

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