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KSlink Jun 19, 2012 06:30 AM

I'd like to make a layered bar cookie using peanut butter dough for the base-- no graham crackers in the house and the car's up on blocks! Has anyone attempted this before and with what results? I'd like to do this before the heat wave kicks in tomorrow, all replies are much appreciated!!!

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    HillJ Jun 19, 2012 06:52 AM

    KS, I'm not reading your OP clearly. What do grahams have to do with the PB dough? What else do you have in the pantry to use with the PB?

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    1. re: HillJ
      KSlink Jun 19, 2012 06:59 AM

      The graham cracker and melted butter crust typically associated with 7 layer bars. I do have some oatmeal kicking around, and the usual cast of characters--nuts, coconut, chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, also some chopped dates that I'm thinking of adding...other than that the pantry is pretty bare!

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        HillJ Jun 19, 2012 07:25 AM

        What about this one?

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      smtucker Jun 19, 2012 06:55 AM

      You can make your own graham crackers:


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      1. re: smtucker
        KSlink Jun 19, 2012 07:03 AM

        Thanks, I'll keep that in mind for some future baking adventure! Today is just bare bones but with a powerful hankering for some sweetness in my life...

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        HillJ Jun 19, 2012 07:45 AM


        Another idea is this cookie sandwich (instead of a bar) and you could make a PB filling.

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          KSlink Jun 19, 2012 07:52 AM

          Both contenders, I especially like the first one, thank you!

          1. re: KSlink
            HillJ Jun 19, 2012 07:56 AM

            My pleasure!

        2. splatgirl Jun 19, 2012 07:58 AM

          The recipe for "buckeyes" uses peanut butter mixed with powdered sugar to make a dough that you roll into balls. Seems like a bar-shaped buckeye would be just as do-able.

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            KSlink Jun 19, 2012 08:10 AM

            I have to admit that I'm kind of a lazy bee today and am waiting for my coffee to kick in before attempting anything at all, though now I have some additional ideas swirling through my brain fog.

            Thanks for your help! :)

            1. greygarious Jun 19, 2012 08:36 AM

              You can use just about any simple cookie dough as a bar cookie base, or as a crust for tarts and cheesecakes.

              My mother baked a fruit tart every week - usually apple, Italian plum, or blueberry,
              arranged atop sugar cookie dough in a pie pan, then sprinkled with cinnamon sugar before baking. Simple and good. I've switched it up to oatmeal cookie dough or nut sandies type dough on occasion.

              Here are two recipes that might appeal, although you couldn't try the second one now, since it needs graham cracker crumbs:

              OATMEAL-COCONUT PIE:
              1 unbaked 9" pie shell, 350 preheated oven
              3/4 c sugar
              3/4 c old-fashioned or quick oats
              3/4 c light or dark corn syrup
              1/2 cup sweetened coconut
              1 stick butter, melted
              2 large eggs

              Whisk eggs, stir in other ingredients, pour into shell and bake 50-60 minutes, until crust and top are golden and toothpick inserted in center comes out oily but clean. Center may still jiggle. Cool completely before slicing. This pie looks like pecan pie, has the same texture, and, oddly, even tastes similar.

              SAWDUST PIE:
              1 pre-baked 9" pie shell
              1 1/2 c sweetened coconut
              1 1/2 c graham cracker crumbs
              1 1/2 c chopped pecans
              1 1/2 c sugar
              1 c egg whites (6-7)

              Whisk whites lightly, stir in other ingredients, pour into prebaked shell, then bake in preheated 350 oven for 35 minutes.

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              1. re: greygarious
                KSlink Jun 20, 2012 08:15 AM

                Wow, anything that tastes like pecan pie is a keeper in my book--and without the added expense of the nuts--thank you! I have really got to start keeping graham crackers on hand for when these urges strike.....

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