Sunday, June 9, 2013

Reese's Pieces Magic Bars

I can't say with 100% confidence that every 7 layer bar has 7 layers.   And some of the layers are on the same level (like when you mix chocolate chips and butterscotch chips).   But they are pretty darn magical.   Who came up with the phrase "magic cookie bars" anyway?

If these are the only pressing questions I have on a Sunday morning, I'm doing alright.

A few weeks ago on Crazy for Crust, Dorothy posted 31 Seven Layer Magic Bar Recipes.   I knew that I would have to try a few.    It's more than your standard graham cracker crust and sweetened condensed milk.    These food bloggers went all out with creative combinations you wouldn't normally expect.

These Reese's bars primarily follow this recipe from The Domestic Rebel, with a little inspiration from this recipe from Averie Cooks.   Magic all around!

What You Need
1 box devil's food cake mix
1 egg
1/2 cup butter/margarine, melted
1 cup coarsely crushed pretzels (Can I say how much I love dessert recipes that incorporate pretzels?   It's that sweet and salty and crunchy thing.  Yay!)
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup Reese's Pieces
1 cup salted roasted peanuts
1/4 cup crunchy peanut butter
1 can sweetened condensed milk (regular or fat free)

What You Do
Preheat your oven to 350.    Line your 13x9 pan with foil and lightly coat with cooking spray.

In a large bowl combine the cake mix, the egg and butter.   Then stir in the crushed pretzels.   Spread/press mixture in the bottom of the pan and bake for about 8 minutes.  

Sprinkle the cake base with the chocolate chips, Reese's Pieces, and peanuts.    In a small bowl, combine the peanut butter and the sweetened condensed milk.     Drizzle the milk mixture over the bars and make for another 15 minutes until golden and bubbly.   The center should be set.    Cool and cut into bars.

Note:   The crust baked up over the top of the toppings around the edges.  When I make these again, I may pre-bake the crust a little longer just to see what happens.   

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