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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Peanut Butter Chocolate Jumble Bars

On my to-do list for this summer is to clean out my pantry (actually, cleaning the pantry was on my to-do list this past spring, and I just never got to it!)  Since I am a coupon user and like to shop on a budget, I usually stock up on certain items when things go on sale.  That works great for my family, but sometimes I get a huge stockpile in my pantry and if I'm not careful, certain things expire that I've never used.  So I try to go through my pantry in search of items close to expiration and put them on my counter so I know to use them soon.

To help me clean my pantry, I want to try to look up different recipes that will let me use as many of my soon-to-be expired items.  Plus I wanted to practice with my photography, so I thought I could combine both missions and share with my blog readers some yummy recipes and how my creation turned out!

This first recipe I found was perfect since I love the mixture of peanut butter and chocolate!  The items from my pantry and fridge that were expired or close to expiring:

1 Pouch Betty Crocker® Peanut Butter Cookie Mix 
Quick-Cooking Oats
Whipping Cream

Here is the full recipe courtesy of Betty Crocker.  Enjoy!

1 pouch Betty Crocker® peanut butter cookie mix
1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened 
1 egg

1 cup quick-cooking oats 
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup whipping cream 
1/2 cup honey roasted peanuts

Step 1:  
Make cookie dough by blending cookie mix, butter, egg and oats until soft dough forms. Reserve 1-cup cookie mixture for topping. Press remaining dough in bottom of ungreased 9-inch square pan.

Step 2:  
Microwave chocolate chips uncovered on High 1 to 2 minutes or until melted. Stir in whipping cream until blended. Spread chocolate mixture evenly over crust. Top with reserved cookie mixture. Sprinkle with peanuts.

Step 3:  
Bake at 375°F 25 to 30 minutes or until light golden brown and center is soft. Cool completely, about 1 hour.   

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