chocolate peanut butter madness

Enough of politics and development for the week, let’s get back to cooking!

So….you know I have a thing about “magic” or “seven layer” bars…they are easy to make, look much fancier than they really are…and kids (of all ages LOL) love them.

So can you stand yet another variation??

Chocolate Peanut Butter Madness

1 package Devil’s Food Cake Mix (or dark chocolate or even German Chocolate will do)

1 egg

1/2 cup of butter melted

1/2 cup of peanut butter (smooth) melted

1 bag of Reese’s peanut butter chips (they are usually about 10 oz)

1 1/3 cups of semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips (I like those 60% dark cacao ones)

1 1/3 cups of shredded coconut

1 cup chopped pecans or peanuts

1 can of Eagle brand condensed milk (unless you are buying say the Goya equivalent use Eagle, it is the best)

Mix the cake mix, butter, and egg.  It turns into a dark, slightly uncooperative play-doh.

Take a greased and lightly floured 9″ x 13″ cake pan and smush the cake mixture into bottom of pan evenly- you might wish to try to smush down with the back of your hand (as if your hand were in a fist and you have the flatness of your fingers all four together).

Next sprinkle on evenly over cake mixture in the following order (do not deviate):

1. shredded coconut

2. chopped peanuts or pecans

3. shredded coconut

4. peanut butter chips

5. chocolate chips

Next drizzle melted peanut butter evenly over top.

Next drizzle condensed milk evenly over top.

Bake in 350 degree oven for approximately 25 minutes (today I think I baked them for 28)

Cool at least an hour before cutting.

Enjoy!

 

 

red velvet magic cookie bars

Before Baking

I am a kid at heart.  I also have a definite affinity for things with chocolate and pecans in it.  I have been making seven layer or magic cookie or magic cake bars for years. But mine are a little different.

I will share two of my variations with you.  One is brand new, being  road tested  today.   Sometimes with both, I may toss mini marshmallows in the mix.

Red Velvet Magic Bars

1 box Red Velvet Cake Mix (pre-packaged dry cake mixes are generally 18.25 oz)

1 stick of butter, melted (1/2 cup)

1 12 oz package of dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 cup shredded coconut

1 cup chopped pecans

1 cup of oatmeal (Quaker plain quick cooking NOT flavored or Irish Oatmeal)

1 can sweetened condensed milk ( 14 oz – use Eagle brand – it is the best)

Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.

Combine cake mix and melted butter until well-mixed (do by HAND, do not use mixer unless you want a crumbly mess all over your kitchen).

Press crumbs into greased rectangular cake pan (mine is about 13 inches x 9 inches).

Sprinkle nuts evenly over crumbs. Repeat for coconut.  Repeat for oatmeal.  Repeat for chocolate chips.

Open your condensed milk and drizzle evenly over entire mixture – use a gentle back and forth motion until can is empty.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 22-25 minutes depending upon your oven.

Cool completely before cutting.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Magic Bars

1 box Vanilla or French Vanilla Cake Mix (pre-packaged dry cake mixes are generally 18.25 oz)

1 stick of butter, melted (1/2 cup)

1 12 oz package of peanut butter chips*

1 cup shredded coconut

1 cup chopped pecans

1 cup of oatmeal (Quaker plain quick cooking NOT flavored or Irish Oatmeal)

1 can sweetened condensed milk ( 14 oz – use Eagle brand – it is the best)

Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.

Combine cake mix and melted butter until well-mixed (do by HAND, do not use mixer unless you want a crumbly mess all over your kitchen).

Press crumbs into greased rectangular cake pan (mine is about 13 inches x 9 inches).

Sprinkle nuts evenly over crumbs. Repeat for coconut.  Repeat for oatmeal.  Repeat for peanut butter chips.

Open your condensed milk and drizzle evenly over entire mixture – use a gentle back and forth motion until can is empty.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 22-25 minutes depending upon your oven.

Cool completely before cutting.

* = NOTE if you don’t want peanut butter chips, you can also use butterscotch chips