Monday, September 9, 2013

Peanut Butter Cup Magic Bars

Now if your mouth isn't watering just
by looking at these pictures, you
and I are cut from a different mold!!

These yummy, gooey, chocolatey, peanut
butter cup filled cookies are 

Our neighborhood has decided to do a 
Sunday Night Walk and Talk
and guess who got
called to be in charge -
yup, hubby and I.

We had our first one last night and I
was looking on the internet for 
something new to try that I
could make in a super large

Truth was, we had no idea how many we
might be feeding but we would prefer to
have too much to too little.

I saw these fabulous looking bars
on Averie Cooks
but she called them
When people asked the name, that was more than
I could spit out and since they remind me of
a Magic Bar with sweetened condensed milk
poured in and oozing out, I had to shorten the

I quadrupled her batch that she made in an 8x8 inch
pan and made it in my huge 13x18 inch pan.  I was afraid
it would run out so I used half the amount of sweetened
condensed milk she did and it was perfect for the pan.

I made two sheet pans of cookies and cut them up into
generous sized cookies so each pan made 48 cookies.
Talk about a way to feed a crowd.  People were
already asking for the recipe and I can tell Averie is
an avid cookie fan and she has lots more gooey,
chocolatey cookies we are going to have to try.
I think we will become very good friends!

Unless you don't like sugar, or chocolate or yum, you will
love these tender, moist gems.  

We had three stations to stop at.  We spread them 
around the neighborhood and asked people to just
set up a table in the front yard.  We also had ice water
at each station.  

This one had
these and homemade brownies.  We served over
200 cookies at this station.  
The second one had 140 cinnamon rolls from
Shirley's bakery.  We have two darling twin teenagers,
Grace and Esther,
who are working there and we got them from them.
All of the rolls were eaten!  Grace also made
the brownies (what a big help).
The third station had chips and homemade salsa.  That
one was so popular that they ran out of the salsa and
ran in the house and opened some of the salsa they
had canned.  

I think the Walk and Talk was a huge hit.

Try it in your neighborhood - it is so great
to have a close knit neighborhood that you
feel like you could turn to if you needed

Peanut Butter Cup Magic Bars
(Adaptaion of Averie Cooks Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Dough Crumble Bars)

2 C. butter
4 large eggs
3 C. brown sugar
1 C. white sugar
2 T. vanilla extract
6 C. flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 can sweetened condensed milk
3-4 C. Reese's Mini Peanut Butter Cups
(I found large bags of these at Wal Mart)

Line a 13x18 inch bun pan with foil and spray
with Pam.  Preheat your oven to 350.

Melt butter in the microwave and place in a large
mixing bowl.  Add the sugars, eggs and vanilla and

In another large bowl stir together the flour, baking
powder and salt.  Add to the wet mixture and mix

Remove two cups of the dough and set aside.

Press the remaining dough in the pan.  Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the top, keeping away from the edges
of the pan.    Sprinkle
the Reese's Mini Peanut Butter Cups evenly
on top of the dough. 
Crumble the reserved cookie dough over the

Bake in the center of the oven for 25-28

Remove and let cool for at least three hours
until the center is set.  You might want to cool
for one hour on the counter and then in the fridge.

Or as Averie suggested, if you don't want to wait
just dig in with a spoon!

(To make an 8x8 inch pan cut the recipe in 

We were worried about the weather for the Walk and Talk
 as the night before we had a huge storm
 that caused a lot of flooding. 

We were in the food tent at the BYU vs Univ. of Texas
game and were terrified that this giant tent was going
to collapse on our heads so we went and stood by the
doors to wait out the storm.  A lot of neighbors had
flooding in basements.  We had a little come through windows
but that was all.

I had never seen anything like it.  My son was on his way to 
the game and he said the clouds were rolling so fast with fingers
shooting out ahead of them just like something you might
see in a Harry Potter Movie.  Glad we were all safe.
And super glad that BYU won!! Go Cougars.

Fortunately the weather cleared up by 
Sunday evening and we had our 
Walk and Talk
from 6:00 to 8:00


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  1. I am sure thse will be walked and talked about:) The kids will love these!
    Thanks ,,glad you did not get flooded.. a mess..

  2. Oh those could be enough to bring an adult to their knees! lol They look beyond delicious!

  3. I can't wait to try these. They sound and look delicious.

  4. The cookies look yummy and it sounds like you all had a great night:@)

  5. Those look delicious! When we were at my parent's last night, I saw everyone out mingling. What a great idea for a neighborhood. Especially yours because everyone goes on Sunday walks anyway :)

  6. What a great idea the Walk & Talk is. And these cookies are so scrumptious, worth walking for! xo

  7. Hi Jacqueline! You share the yummiest recipes. I'm sure these were a big hit at your Walk and Talk. I'm so happy you were safe from the big storm and your team won! o

  8. Glad the weather cleared for your Walk and Talk. Love this idea. I'm going to suggest it for our hood. One thing we do is "Girls in the Hood", where once a month someone hosts and everyone brings something to eat or drink. It's been a great way for women in our neighborhood to connect.

  9. Yumm! I love magic cookie bars, so I know I will adore these babies.
    The Walk and Talk is a great idea how special for the neighborhood.
    The weather gave you a wonderful break for this special event. xo Linda

  10. J,
    So much fun!!!! That game was great, huh! Some of my kids were there, too!

    You must have gotten our storm a few days after it hit us. We had tornado warnings and one was sighted. High winds broke many limbs from large trees and rooves of some farm buildings were damaged, but none of ours were damaged.

    But, you will NOT BELIEVE THIS... My basement room got water in it AGAIN because of the torrentiial rain that came so fast. I happen to be in the room checking, just as the water atarted coming in. I hollered and help arrived. I now have a backhoe parked on my lawn near that window.... My poor hubby and so. Were soaked skin deep by the rain while diggging like mad to uncclog the drain.... I think Heaven is trying to send me a message about water...wish i'd figure it out before it happens again! LOL
    Love the walk and talk idea....hat fun!

  11. Oh my...Magic Cookies Bars over the top with Peanut Butter Cups, I'm in heaven! I had to pin before I finished reading your post! Glad the storm cleared for your walk & talk!

  12. I love recipes like this, anything with sweetened condensed milk and I'm in! Definitely looks like a crowd pleaser! Thank you, I think...:)

  13. Jacqueline. I love the idea of a walk and talk. These look super yummy as do your pics. I bet the brownies were Annette's right. Speaking of the twins, we had a cookie from Kneader's the other day. They make a pretty good sugar cookie. Have a great day! Joni

  14. Oh goodness Jacqueline, this is lucious, wish I had one! Looks just too yummy and I also love the brownies. Very nice visiting you and thanks for coming as well.
    Big hugs,

  15. What a great idea. And, what tasty morsels.

  16. What a fun neighborhood idea! I have the feeling your house is the favorite on the block:) These bars look amazing!

  17. These look decadent! For the kid in all of us!


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