imageHappy Birthday Animal Crackers! 

April 19th is the official birthday of the Animal Cracker. In honor of this childhood treat I’m posting a recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Chewy bars ( a close relative to the Magic Bar).  I swapped out the usual graham cracker crumb base with the ever popular Animal Cracker

Here ya go…

  1.  gather ingredients together and measure them out.
  2. grind the crackers in the mini-chopper. I used an 8oz bag of crackers. Usually I wack the crackers in a ziplock with a meat mallet, I didn’t have the heart to do it to those poor little guys 🙁 
  3. poured melted butter inside a disposable baking pan ( I used a slightly smaller pan than recommended) 
  4. pressed the crust down into the butter with a fork, then added the chips, and then the coconut. I pressed down on all the ingredients as I went. 
  5. poured the condensed milk over the entire mix.  First used wide vertical strokes then wide horizontal strokes – filling in the gaps as I went along. 
  6. Popped in the oven for 25 minutes. I added an extra 5 minutes and moved the pan to the top rack because it didn’t look ready. Then took out and let cool. 

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IMG_4052IMG_4054NOTE: The original recipe said to use 1 cup of the chips at first, then layer the coconut, and then add the remaining chips. But apparently, I don’t read directions well, and added them all in the beginning, oopsy!

 

At this point you let the bar cool, cut and transfer to a platter.  An additional step would be to melt a little chocolate and drizzle it across the top. image

 Happy Birthday Animal Cracker – you will surely put an extra smile on our face in the coming days 🙂

I got the original recipe from the Hershey’s Chocolate Lovers cookbook.  

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Chippy Chewy Bars Yum
A chocolate and peanut butter chip bar with an Animal Cracker Crust
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  • 1 stick margarine melted
  • 1 1/2 cups animal cracker crumbs*
  • 1 bag of peanut butter chips**
  • 1 1/2 cups flaked coconut
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk 14 oz
  • 13 x9" baking pan
Optional
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
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Ingredients
  • 1 stick margarine melted
  • 1 1/2 cups animal cracker crumbs*
  • 1 bag of peanut butter chips**
  • 1 1/2 cups flaked coconut
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk 14 oz
  • 13 x9" baking pan
Optional
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
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Instructions
  1. pre- heat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Melt butter and pour into a baking pan/bar pan
  3. Add cookie crumbs on top of the butter and spread out evenly using a fork
  4. Layer 1 cup of the chips over the crumbs
  5. Spread the coconut over the chips
  6. Add the remaining chips over the coconut
  7. Drizzle the condensed milk over the entire mixture evenly
  8. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until lightly browned
  9. Let Cool
  10. Optional: Once cool - melt 1 cup of chocolate chips in the microwave ( I prefer to do on half power so as not to burn the chocolate). Then drizzle the melted chocolate over the top of the mixture.
Recipe Notes

* original recipe called for graham crackers
** I used a combo of peanut butter chips and chocolate chips