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Come Party With Me: Ugly Sweater — Menu (Sweet)

Fill a table at your Ugly Sweater party with sweet treats for guests to snack on throughout the night. Stay away from serving anything too complicated or showy that will require more than a cocktail napkin for eating. Choose your favorite classic, holiday candies — red and green M&Ms, peppermint bark, candy canes, etc. — and serve along side one homemade dessert. These chocolate-peanut bars are a no-bake, delicious dessert. The combination of chocolate and peanut is always a crowd pleaser. For the recipe,

Chocolate Peanut Bars
From Southern Living magazine

1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 cup crunchy peanut butter
1 (16-oz.) box powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups vanilla wafers, crushed (about 45 cookies)
1 (12-oz.) package semisweet chocolate morsels
1/2 cup whipping cream

  1. Beat butter and peanut butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until blended.
  2. Add powdered sugar and vanilla wafer crumbs; beat until blended. Press mixture evenly into a lightly greased 13-x-9-inch baking pan lined with wax paper.
  3. Stir together chocolate morsels and whipping cream in a medium saucepan over low heat until melted and smooth. Spread evenly on top of peanut-butter mixture. Chill 1 hour or until firm.
  4. Remove from refrigerator, and let stand at room temperature 10 minutes or until slightly softened. Cut into 48 bars.

Makes about 4 dozen.

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