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Easy Chocolate Peanut Layer Bars and Performance Indicators

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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!!!

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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!

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Easy Chocolate Peanut Layer Bars

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  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 Minutes
  • Total Time: 45 Minutes
  • Yield: 1 13 x 9 pan 1x
  • Category: Cookies/Bars
  • Cuisine: American


This riff on magic bars or hello dolly bars is made with chocolate and peanut butter. Can’t go wrong with that!


Units Scale

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


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.


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Carol at Wild Goose Mama

Sunday 25th of October 2015

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.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen

Friday 23rd of October 2015

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 :)

Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen

Friday 23rd of October 2015

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! :)

Sharon D

Friday 23rd of October 2015

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!

GiGi Eats

Friday 23rd of October 2015

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!