Peanut Butter Crunch Eclair Bars

Soon I am re-doing my kitchen.  And by soon, I mean it’s starting this week.

I am excited and nervous.

Nervous because my husband is doing all the work.

He is a DIY guy…hence his carpenter jeans.

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Not nervous about his ability.  Of that I am certain.

Nervous about the last 1/4 of the job.  You know, the odds and ends.

 

He pulls out of the gate like gang-busters.  That wall needs to come down?  No problem…

That electrical-situation that needs to be moved?  No worries.

Need some plumbing done?  Easy-peasy.

 

But dotting the “i’s” and crossing the “t’s”?  Now THAT’S hard work.

And the reason that I am writing this here is because whenever I put something out there, he seems bent and determined to prove me wrong.

Soooo….yeah.

This whole post is an experiment in manipulation.

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So the next few weeks or so my kitchen will be in shambles.  Luckily I have good neighbors who are open to me using their oven.

But in the meantime, I am working on some no-bake recipes.

Here’s the first one I came up with…

Peanut Butter Crunch Eclair Bars.

I wasn’t sure how these would turn out…sometimes things are better in my mind…

But I really like them.

The vanilla pudding filling and the chocolate topping  makes them eclair-ish, and the peanut butter/Frosted Flake crust makes them crunchy.

It’s a good combo.  Trust me.

 

So yeah, start with peanut butter…2 whole cups.
PhotobucketAnd then some Frosted Flakes…8 whole cups…
PhotobucketNext boil some sugar and corn syrup together for a quick minute and stir in the peanut butter and Frosted Flakes…
PhotobucketSpread that all into a foil-lined pan.
PhotobucketThen make your filling. Powdered sugar, Vanilla pudding, butter and milk. Total yum.
PhotobucketPour it over your crust…
PhotobucketSpread it all over…
PhotobucketThen melt some chocolate chips with a little butter and spread, spread, spread…
PhotobucketVoila!
PhotobucketChill them about an hour to set up and you’re good to go.
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Peanut Butter Crunch Eclair Bars


Description

makes 60 bars


Ingredients

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 8 cups Frosted Flakes cereal
  • 3/4 cup and 1/2 cup butter, divided
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 (3.4 oz, 4 serving sized) packets of instant vanilla pudding
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Line a 15x10x1″ jelly roll pan with foil. Spray lightly with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium saucepan combine corn syrup and sugar over medium heat. Bring to a boil and then let boil for 1 more minute, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter until evenly combined. Then stir in Frosted Flakes until coated. Pour mixture into prepared pan and spread evenly.
  4. For pudding layer, in large sauce pan, melt 3/4 cup butter over medium-low heat. Add in powdered sugar and pudding mix. Whisk together, gradually adding milk. Mixture will be slightly lumpy, but do your best to whisk out the majority of the lumps.
  5. Pour pudding mix over the crust and spread.
  6. In another medium saucepan melt 1/2 cup butter and chocolate chips together over low heat.
  7. When melted, spread over pudding layer.
  8. Chill for an hour before cutting into squares.

Notes

Serve chilled or at room temperature.
Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

adapted from bhg

 

59 Responses

  1. At least your husband can do stuff! I have a computer geek. A computer geek who tells me he can’t help me with my CSS problems. Oh well. But I hope he finishes it up quickly and you don’t have to nag him to finish. Nagging’s never fun but so necessary sometimes.

    And geez… these are ridiculously delicious looking. I would be happy with just the bottom layer! It looks dangerous, though. Like, I-can’t-stop-eating-them-and-oh-my-God-I-finished-them-in-two-hours-good.

  2. Darlene

    I hate when you post recipes that have ingredients that I have on hand.

    It really doesn’t help my large buttock situation.

    All the best with the your kitchen. Good thinking putting the manipulation in writing. My father did my mother’s kitchen back in the early 90’s. She’s still waiting for the finishing touches…youch!

  3. I would be a nervous wreck!! I am so in awe of your calmness in this time of kitchen tumultuousness. In fact…I may need to stress eat some of these bars FOR you.

  4. I know exactly what you mean about the last 1/4 of a big project…we redid our kitchen, oh about 4 months ago…and the big stuff is done, but there is still a lot of little things that need to be done. Uuuuhhh maybe one of these days. Now these bars…seriously I am in love with them. And frosted flakes crust? Girl that is just plain genius!

  5. Congrats on the soon-to-be-new kitchen! Wishing I had some fantabulous bars to go with my fantabulous kitchen, but sadly, I only have a dad who pretends to know how to fix leaky faucets and wears carpenter jeans without actually being a carpenter. Meh.

  6. My hubby’s the same way! We have so many 95% completed projects in our house. I love that he’ll jump right in to things that intimidate me, but it’s so frustrating to not quite make it to the finished product. Good luck with your kitchen! Maybe you could post some pics for us?

  7. Don’t be too scared, it could be worse. Like take my kitchen for example my “plaid shorts with a diff color combo striped shirt” wearing hubby started our kitchen remodel a year ago. <read: Started. I never said finished. Yeah. That's what I'm dealing with over here Shelly, & to make matters worse, I can't have any Dairy so I check your blog daily for food porn…*hangs head in shame*….

  8. Alice

    God you make me laugh woman! too funny…I know what you mean, I have most likely THE most talented husband on the face of this earth. He is a fantastic starter…not so much for the finishing. Example: Our daughter turns 4 next month and while I was pregnant with Timber, my husband decided that the bedroom she was going to be in was not warm enough. God Bless him! So, he guts the whole room…to this day…we now have a gutted storage room and an almost four year old sleeping in our room. Be it in her own bed but still…I write this with a huge smile, I love him dearly and DO NOT want him to change. I just know what you mean lady, you are not alone. Have faith.

  9. These look delicious! I have corn flakes on hand, but not frosted flakes. Do you think I could use corn flakes? Would you suggest I add more sugar to the crust? Thanks!

    1. shelly

      I think the corn flakes would be great! I don’t think you need to add any more sugar, either…there’s a lot in these as is 🙂 Let me know how they turn out!

  10. Shi

    I was just about to make these delicious looking bars when I realized, I’m out of foil! Do you think it’s ok to do it without the foil?

    1. shelly

      I think they would still work, but you will need to grease the pan heavily…or if you have parchment of wax paper that would also work!

  11. I would love to make these, but the recipe doesn’t come up when I select” print this recipe” Just a blank page. Has this happened to anyone else? Will keep trying, but I don’t think it will do any good.

  12. Shal

    This recipe isn’t called Peanut Butter Crunch Éclair Bars. This is an old recipe from Company’s Coming cookbook. It’s the exact same. I used to make these when I was just a kid.

    1. Shelly

      Thanks for the comment.. I have never heard of or seen that cookbook. I adapted this recipe from Better Homes and Gardens as stated at the bottom of the recipe. Maybe the cookbook took BHG’s recipe, not sure!

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