Sunday, March 30, 2014

Chocolate Peanut Crumb Bars

It's been a busy couple of weeks.    The biggest thing being my trip back to Colorado for the closing on the sale of my house.   YES!    I am now done with the responsibility of home ownership.   Back to the free and easy life of a renter.    If there is a tear in my window screen, I just report it to the property manager and like magic, it's fixed.    I had a fantastic handyman for the entire time I owned my home.   In fact he was so fantastic that he handled all the repairs for the inspection long distance including services that he contracted out (fireplace cleaning, window repair, etc).   I wish for every homeowner to have someone like that.   It's much easier not to panic when something unexpected goes wrong, or you want to make upgrades that you can't do yourself.     

Now, back to life on a rock (had no ideal that #lifeonarock was a hashtag until I moved here). Very simple to put together and earned compliments at a going away BBQ for two co-workers who have taken a job transfer to Calgary. Friends, that is in Canada.  3,085 miles away.   In an extremely northerly direction.  It is important to celebrate moves and promotions.   And as we know, dessert is also important.    

What You Need

1 box of devils food cake mix
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1 cup coarsely chopped dry roasted peanuts
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1  14oz can of sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup peanut butter (I used chunky honey nut)

What You Do

Preheat oven to 350.    
Line a 9x9 baking pan with foil and cooking spray (or use a silicone pan - my favorite).

In a large bowl combine cake mix, oil and egg and stir with a spoon until it is combined and crumbly.    Stir in peanuts and chocolate chips.    Reserve 2 cups of the crumb mixture and press the rest of the bowl into the bottom of the 9x9 pan.

In a small bowl, combine the sweetened condensed milk and peanut butter and stir with a spoon until smooth.    Pour milk and peanut butter mixture over the base crumb layer.     Spoon the reserved 2 cups of crumb mixture over the top of the milk layer.   

Bake 25-30 minutes until set.   Cool and cut into bars.

adapted from Eagle Brand Classic Recipes (a cookbook that belonged to my Grandma)

Meanwhile in Maui

The sunset the night of the going away bbq was spectacular.    
I think the island was sad to see them go and wanted to give a parting gift. 

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