Thursday, May 28, 2015

Kitchen Sink Bars

There are days when I just want something delectable and it's bottom-of-the-barrel-grocery-shopping-isn't-til-tomorrow day.  This means we have canned fruit, bread, maybe sandwich meat, and dry beans.  This time I even ran out of flour so there were no cookies, sweet bread, cake on the horizon.  That meant I had to do what I always do and scrounge.  I think I may have stumbled on something so genius I'm expecting the Nobel Prize for Desserts to come in the mail.


You've heard of/made/eaten Magic Cookie Bars before, right?  I was so very close to having all the ingredients but 1) No butterscotch chips or coconut and 2) my kids hate nuts in stuff (I swear they are not aliens from some nut hating planet).  What I did find was mini chocolate chips, PB2 peanut butter powder, Jet-Puffed Mallow Bits (chocolate ones), rice crispy type cereal, sliced almonds and the ubiquitous sweetened condensed milk and graham crackers (for the crust).

So I whipped up a graham cracker crust in the food processor.  Don't tell my kids that I added the almonds to it!  Pressed it into my oval dish...I don't own a 9x9 pan...who knows why.  I poured on the condensed milk, then did two layers of mallow bits, rice crispies, mini chocolate chips.  THEN I DUSTED PB2 ON IT LIKE POWDERED SUGAR!

That is some genius use of the PB2, isn't it?  ISN'T IT?!?!  You are probably sitting back and wondering why you never dusted anything in PB2.  I mean, peanut butter dusted brownies or truffles rolled in peanut butter powder...seriously just upped my dessert making!

OK, so maybe this isn't a huge revelation or anything but these bars are awesome!  I'm putting the recipe below if you want to try them!

Kitchen Sink Bars

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

For the crust:
6 T melted butter
9 graham crackers
1/3 c sugar
1/4 c sliced almonds

Pulse graham crackers, sugar, almonds in food processor until it looks like sand.  Pour in melted butter and blend until thoroughly mixed.  Press into 9x9 pan.  It will come up the sides.

For the filling:

1 can sweetened condensed milk (14oz)
1 c mini chocolate chips
1 c rice crispy cereal (or whatever you have on hand. Pretzels would be good here too in my opinion)
1 c Jet-Puffed Mallow Bits (or another type of chip like butterscotch chips, white chocolate chips)
1 T PB2 powder

Pour entire can of condensed milk over crust.  Then layer 1/2 c of Mallow Bits, cereal, chips.  Repeat with final 1/2 c.  Make sure the condensed milk is covered completely.  Slightly press toppings into condensed milk.  Then sift PB2 powder over the whole thing.

Bake for 25 minutes and allow to cool completely before serving.

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