10 September 2009

So, as you can probably tell by now, I'm not much into baking or making desserts. Out of the 106 recipes I have posted so far, only 7 have been desserts. I just don't enjoy baking and have little desire to make desserts very often. But for some reason, whenever we have a potluck or other meal at church, I am always asked to bring dessert.

We had a meal at church on Wednesday night and instead of doing the old boxed cake mix thing, I decided to try this recipe that I saw in Kraft Food and Family magazine.

Buckeye Bars

½ cup butter, softened
¾ cup crunchy peanut butter
22 Nilla Wafers, crushed
2 cups powdered sugar
4 oz. Cool Whip, unthawed (half of an 8 oz. tub)
3 squares semi-sweet chocolate

Line an 8” square pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides. Beat butter and peanut butter with mixer until blended. Mix in wafer crumbs. Gradually add sugar, mixing well after each addition. Press onto bottom of pan.

Microwave Cool Whip and chocolate in microwaveable bowl on High 1 min.; stir. Microwave 15 to 30 sec. or until chocolate is melted; stir until blended. Spread over peanut butter layer.

Refrigerate 2 hours. Use foil handles to lift dessert from pan before cutting to serve.

Makes 25 servings.

One of the (many) reasons I don't like baking is that I always manage to make a mistake. In cooking, it is often quite easy to fix mistakes, but not so with baking. I misread the ingredient list and used a whole tub of Cool Whip instead of half of it. I didn't realize it until I pulled it out of the microwave and stirred it. I thought I was going to have to run to the store and get another tub of Cool Whip and start over, but Jim suggested I just put in another three squares of chocolate. Good idea! So that's what I did. Of course, I ended up with twice as much as I needed, but I dipped some remaining Nilla wafers in it for an afternoon snack! (The rest I just threw out.)

A few pics of the process:

Peanut butter layer on the bottom.

Topped with the chocolate layer.

Not a great picture, but gives you an idea of what they look like close-up.

These are pretty good. Very rich. Twenty-five seems like a lot of servings for an 8" pan, but if you don't cut them small, no one will be able to finish a piece! I wasn't crazy about the chocolate/Cool Whip mixture. I think if I make these again I will leave out the Cool Whip and maybe use something else to keep the chocolate soft.

Another thing: make sure you keep these refrigerated until right before serving. They are very gooey. They would be impossible to remove from the pan if not for the foil slings.



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