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Saturday, 23 January 2021

Peanut Butter Magic Cookie Bars #AD

In my 2.5 years living in America some years ago, one of the great things I brought back with me (aside from 2 children) was a recipe for 7 layer magic cookie bars. It was a clipping that I'd saved from a Sunday newspaper, with a coupon for condensed milk. The coupons were always for the expensive brands so I rarely used them, but I kept the recipes all the same. In fact I returned home with a box full of recipe clippings and think I still have them somewhere, despite now being able to Google any recipe that I would ever need.

7 layer magic cookie bars were just that - 7 layers, with the magic being how easy they are to make. There's no mixing or rubbing in or blending involved, unless you include the crushing of the biscuits and chopping of nuts. They are pretty effortless though, and totally moreish, and perfect with an afternoon cuppa right before a lockdown afternoon nap.

As the recipe originates from America, the 'biscuits' (that's a TOTALLY different thing in America) were Graham crackers, which are generally substituted in UK recipes with digestive biscuits. The nuts used are generally walnuts or pecans, but as I'm using peanut butter I'm using peanuts. You could use unsalted, but I like a touch of saltiness to balance out all that sugar!

Look at all of those layers of sweet & salty peanutty goodness. Just perfect for National Peanut Butter Day 2021 on 24th January!


The best way to eat them is with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and warm SKIPPY Peanut Butter poured over the top. SKIPPY Peanut Butter is packed full of sweet American peanuts (over 90% in fact), and the Smooth, Extra Creamy variety is so smooth that when it is warmed up it could be mistaken for a sauce, which is perfect poured over puddings in these cold winter months.

Take a look at my TikTok to see how I made them, and scroll down to see the full recipe.
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Peanut Butter Magic Cookie Bars

75g butter

200g digestive biscuits, crushed

100g SKIPPY Creamy Peanut Butter

397g can of condensed milk

75g dark choc chips

100g salted peanuts

50g desiccated coconut

  • Melt the butter and mix with the crushed biscuits
  • Pour into a 13" x 9" baking tin or dish, spread out & flatten down a little
  • Warm the SKIPPY Peanut Butter in the microwave for around 30-60 seconds and then mix with the condensed milk
  • Pour evenly over the biscuits
  • Scatter the chocolate chips, salted peanuts and coconut over the top
  • Bake in a preheated 170 C oven for approx 25 minutes, or until golden brown
  • Allow to cool in the tin before slicing into bars or squares

For an indulgent dessert, serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of warm SKIPPY Creamy peanut butter



Recipe commissioned by SKIPPY Peanut Butter


Monday, 28 September 2020

SPAM & Pineapple Tacos #AD

Just as we thought we were getting back to some sort of normality, lockdown fever has set in again and the stockpilers are out in force buying up all the toilet rolls, pasta and tinned tomatoes. I'm pretty sure many of them have still got a cupboard full from earlier in the year, along with a year's supply of flour & yeast, but each to their own with their crazy behaviour. Thankfully this recipe doesn't include any of those ingredients, so you shouldn't have too much trouble finding everything you need to make these tacos. They're easy enough to make, and quantities can be easily adjusted depending on how many people you're feeding. This recipe makes 6, which fits perfectly with the current "rule of 6", although you'll have to take the word of the husband and 11 year old that these taste great, as my eldest taste tester has gone off to uni, the middle one is now vegetarian (although she did have a vegetarian version & loved the flavours), and I'm experiencing altered & diminished taste following a bout of the dreaded Covid in March. It's not what you want when you're a food blogger, but it could be worse. Thankfully I have a family of willing volunteers when it comes to trying out new recipes, and it doesn't stop me eating, especially spicy food!

SPAM & Pineapple Tacos

The fresh pineapple salsa works really well with the SPAM Chopped Pork & Ham, which is coated in a spicy taco seasoning and sizzled in a pan. The soft mini tortilla's are the perfect size for taco's, and easy for little hands to hold, if you're feeding the family. They can be made up before serving, or let everyone put their own taco's together at the table. As an optional extra you could add a drizzle of sour cream or yogurt, and a sprinkling of grated cheese, but we think the creaminess of the avocado is enough here.

SPAM & Pineapple Tacos - makes 6

1 tsp Paprika

1 tsp Garlic granules 

1 tsp Cumin

1 tsp Ground Coriander

1/2 tsp Chilli Powder

Pinch of salt

2 tbsp olive oil

340g SPAM Chopped Pork and Ham

4 tomatoes, chopped

1/4 red onion, chopped

1/4 fresh pineapple, chopped

handful coriander, finely chopped

6 mini tortilla wraps 

1 avocado, thinly sliced

  • Make the taco seasoning by mixing together the dry spices and salt
  • Chop the SPAM Chopped Pork and Ham into 1cm cubes and add to a bowl
  • Toss the SPAM Chopped Pork and Ham cubes in the taco seasoning
  • Heat the olive oil in a non stick frying pan
  • Fry the coated SPAM Chopped Pork and Ham over a medium heat until browned and crispy
  • Whilst the SPAM Chopped Pork and Ham is cooking, make the salsa by mixing together the tomatoes, red onion, pineapple and coriander
  • Warm the tortilla wraps in the microwave for approx 20 seconds
  • Load up the wraps with the salsa and spicy SPAM Chopped Pork and Ham, and add a couple of slices of avocado

SPAM & Pineapple Tacos



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