Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Easy Chocolate Peanut Layer Bars and Performance Indicators


These decadent, simple to make chocolate, peanutty bars are supposed to be travelling around the world in a suitcase to Korea. From Korea they are supposed to meet my son from China, where they are to be travelling back to Shanghai to be devoured by number one son and his roommates. Instead they are sitting in my freezer, each individually wrapped in a giant zip lock bag. Not just one pan, but two. So yes, I now have approximately 48 totally enticing, calorie laden, magic chocolate peanut bars in my freezer. And I just started Weight Watchers...

Blame it on Manservant. Within a matter of hours he canceled his trip to Korea because the person he was supposed to meet wasn't available. Of course he already had had Alex book a flight to Korea so they could meet and hug and eat said layer bars. I spent the weekend buying gifts since this happened so last minute, and then woke up at 5 AM to tell Manservant good bye only to find out his trip was postponed. So Odie San traveled to Korea anyway, where he met friends and ended up having a good time. But I felt bad!!!


Supposedly Manservant will be flying next week, but this time number one son will know not to book a flight to Korea; instead he will make Manservant meet him in Shanghai. At least that is the plan. It isn't like Manservant doesn't have vacation days to spare. I don't believe he has taken one all year. I don't even think he has taken a holiday all year. Is that despair in my voice? Or anger? He tells me his goal by the end of the year is to achieve balance. He tells me he has KPI's to meet in order to keep himself happy and ultimately me! I don't care what he calls it, but key performance indicators in my life are pretty sad right now. It seems all I do is bounce around between his schedule and that is getting old. It means me not having a schedule, because I never know what to expect from his.

Well. This has got to stop! I just did Pilates for the last month and should have signed up for some art classes. I even started Weight Watchers last week, so at least I have a social outing. Hah! Don't expect any great changes on this blog though. One must learn to work around challenges; kind of like working around Manservant...

These Easy Chocolate Peanut Layer Bars are a riff on my 7 Layer Magic Bars. They aren't quite as sweet, because of the peanut butter, but just as delicious. Manservant preferred these to my regular ones, but he is a peanut lover. My daughter prefers this pumpkin layered version!


Easy Chocolate Peanut Layer Bars
Makes 1 13 x 9 pan or 24 squares
Time to Make: About 15 minutes to prepare and to 25 minutes to bake
Ingredients:
1 1/2 c graham cracker crumbs or peanut butter cookie crumbs
1 stick butter
1 can condensed milk
1/2 c peanut butter
9 oz chocolate chips
9 oz peanut butter chips
1 to 1 and 1/2 cups salted peanuts, coarsely chopped

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350. Place a 13 x 9 pan in oven with the stick of butter. Let butter melt. This takes about 5 minutes. Take out of oven and tilt pan until butter covers pan evenly. Top with graham cracker crumbs and  press down to create a crust.  Heat peanut butter in microwave for about 30 seconds or until softened. Whisk into condensed milk. Pour condensed milk evenly across crumbs. With a spatula, lightly spread condensed milk evenly over crumbs. Sprinkle with chocolate chips, then peanut butter chips and then the salted peanuts. Bake for about 25 minutes or until golden around the edges. Chill and then cut into squares.

More to try:
Tin Roof Bars with Caramel
Magic Cookie Bars
Magic Pumpkin Butter Bars
Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites

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16 comments:

  1. Well, at least Number One Son will be able to look at the pictures of these. ;-) Manservant travels an insane amount -- that'd kill me, but obviously he shrives on it. Anyway, these look spectacular. Love the combo of chocolate and peanuts. And nice that they freeze well. :-) Anyway, thanks for this.

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    1. Hah Hah! That is if he reads this! He travels at least 70 percent of the time and the hardest part is that it is international which means he is always exhausted. I think he is finished thriving on it and is looking for balance. Thanks John!

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  2. Well, those look pretty darn good to me, and think of it this way- you'll really be able to work on your self-control with those goodies in your freezer.

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    1. And that is the one thing I'm not good at, Adri! At least they are hidden deep in the recesses and individually wrapped which makes it harder for me!

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  3. Your magic cookie bars look fantastic---I'm certain they will be gobbled up when they finally reach China! Though I'd probably have to sample at least a couple. Good luck with WW!

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    1. If they ever reach China. He's supposed to leave on Monday for Korea, that is if his passport and visa are returned on time. He stresses me like crazy! Then if that works, he should be in China not this weekend but next! Of course, that is after he gets back from a conference in Texas on Friday. Thanks Liz!

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  4. I am happy to help you eat your way through these layer bars! So sorry the travel plans did not go as originally planned but I hope the upcoming trip is a good one for your husband. Can you plan a vacation and go along too?

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    1. Don't I wish? If I could travel with him I would. But cost is still an issue and we do have a big trip planned for all of us in January. But you are right. The plan is to be able to go with him! One day!

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  5. I could never travel so much - my husband travels a good bit but not like that. Anyway - I would travel to see you to have one of these! Gorgeous photos Abbe - they sound amazing. Hope you all get together soon.

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  6. So chocolatey and loaded with nuts...these bars look decadent, Abbe.

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  7. Oh these look perfect for a coffee morning with a friend (hint, hint). So sorry husband isn't with your son, but so glad he is home with you for awhile longer.

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  8. OMG my heart eyes. They're falling out of my head because they're so in love with these photos of this delicious recipe. THEY CAN'T EVEN!

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  9. Oo..these look to die for! I wouldn't have been able to resist eating more than I should if these were on my table. Haha!

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  10. What a delight for eyes and mouth. These bars look incredibly delish — mouth-watering good. I wish I could savor them right away. Thanks for this lovely share, Abbe! :)

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  11. I'll bet your husband loves it when a trip is cancelled and he doesn't have to sit on a plane for hours! Too bad these delicious bars didn't make it to your son, though. They look soooo good! Next time :)

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  12. OMG I would be in deep deep deep doo doo if these bars were sitting in my freezer. I would still be in that deep doo doo even they were sitting in my neighbor's freezer! Your husband really blew it this time--lol. I hope your son didn't know they were even coming. This situation would have been a heartbreaker for him.

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