As promised, here’s the recipe from this morning. I’d intended to make regular Seven Layer Bars, but I felt kind of low in calcium so I replaced the usual graham crackers with Barnum’s animal crackers.
Okay, so I’m still probably going to need Boniva in a few years, but the crust made with animal crackers was pretty darn good. Seven layer bars are the best, aren’t they? Perfect for when you want something homemade but don’t feel like *really* baking.
To cut them neatly, I like to chill them or freeze them then cut with a chef’s knife.
Animal Cracker Seven Layer Bars
1 3/4 cups animal cracker crumbs (or just use graham crackers)
8 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup butterscotch chips
1/2 cup peanut butter chips
1/2 cup white chips
1 cup pecans, chopped
1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut
1 (14 oz) can condensed milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. If using a glass pan, use 325 degrees F. I like to use a 13×9 inch metal pan lined with foil or parchment. If using foil, it’s a good idea to grease the sides.
Mix together crumbs and melted butter; press into bottom of pan.
Mix all the chips, coconut and nuts together in another bowl and sprinkle all but about ½ cup of the mixture over the crust. Drizzle the condensed milk over top. Sprinkle remaining chip mixture over top and press down firmly with back of a greased spatula or a sheet of parchment.
Bake on center rack for about 25 minutes. Let cool completely. Lift from pan, trim edges, and cut into bars. Makes about 32 bars