Goodness of My Heart- Magic Cookie Bars & PB Brownie Bread

When I hear the word magic, I immediately am programmed to think of 10 year old kids playing “the quarter trick” accompanied by a really cheesy chime soundtrack.

There is something so captivating when we are young about the whole world of magic. It’s unknown to us and usually defies what human nature is supposed to believe. There’s all different kinds of magic…fairytale, death defying stunts, black magic, etc.

Today I’m focusing on magic in the kitchen. I don’t have a wand or fairy dust, or even the ability to turn a pumpkin into a carriage, but I can prove I can read the back of a box and follow instructions. (YAY KINDERGARTEN!) 🙂

The first dessert I made this week for my donation to the church food pantry were some Magic Cookie Bars. This was a lazy baking day, as I just had no strength to muster a wonderfully innovative concoction.

The funnest part of this recipe was the demolishing of the grahams. I feel like I finally can relate to all those horny city construction workers!

The recipe was as follows (found on the back of the grahams):

1/3 cup margarine/butter- melted

1 1/2 cups keebler grahams (finely crushed)

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chip morsels

3/4 cup peanut butter/butterscotch chips

1 can condensed sweetened low-fat milk

1 1/3 cups coconut

1/2 cup chopped pecans, walnurs, or almonds (optional)


1. Spread butter in 13 X 9 X 2 pan. Sprinkle cracker crumbs over butter. Pat crumbs into pan evenly.

2. Sprinkle coconut, choco/pb chips, nuts (if desired) over mixture.

3. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until edges are slightly browned. Cool completely before cutting into bars. Secure in airtight container.

My second creation– wasn’t really magic either. I basically poured yellow cake mix and dark chocolate cake mix into a bowl with some egg whites, baking soda, and PB chips and POOF! PB Brownie Bread!

This was best served melt in your mouth– just out of the oven style. I’m kind of annoyed I can’t serve this heated, as they have no microwave in the church, just a fridge. I’ll have to take note if it’s a real crowd pleaser or not.

What’s a crowd pleasing dish you’ve made recently? 

Peace, love, and magic!


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