Campfire Recipe: Chocolate Topped Peanut Butter Bars with Bacon

What is better than chocolate and bacon? Well, I really cannot think of anything but….if you have bacon leftover from breakfast, what a wonderful treat. This recipe is one that I keep returning too. The reason for this is threefold. First, it is easy. The cookie mix really makes it a “no bother” recipe but there have been times that I made the cookie mix from scratch. This normally occurred when it is raining at the campsite. While I do like the “homemade” version better, this recipe is a quick fix. The second reason I like this recipe is the fact that it gives the illusion to my campsite guest that I spent a lot of time preparing the dish. Yes, I know that is being a little dishonest and I do tell the truth if asked for the recipe but the illusion is still fun and paints a picture that I am “wonder woman of camping.” Finally, this recipe gives me a reason to remind my husband not to eat all the bacon at breakfast. No, I am not being cruel but if he wants his two favorites, bacon and chocolate, then he will have to leave me something to work with.

Campfire Recipe:  Chocolate Topped Peanut Butter Bars with Bacon

Ingredients

Spray or liquid oil

17.5 ounce peanut butter cookie mix

1/3 cup of vegetable oil

2 Tablespoon of artificially flavored maple syrup

1 egg

12 slices of bacon, uncooked

½ cup of chopped peanuts

1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips

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Steps

  1. Prepare the coals by building a fire.
  2. Place the grilling rack above the fire. Put a few of the 12 slices of bacon in a 10 inch Dutch oven and place on grilling rack. Cook bacon until it is crisp. Repeat until all the bacon is cooked. Set aside to cool.
  3. Drain off the excess bacon grease and line 10 inch Dutch oven with parchment paper. If using leftover bacon, grease the inside of the Dutch oven and line.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the cookie mix, oil, maple syrup and egg.
  5. Chop bacon and add to mixture in step 4 except reserving ¼ cup.
  6. Add chopped peanuts to the mixture and stir. Press the dough onto the parchment paper.
  7. Place lid on Dutch oven and move to a heat resistant surface.
  8. Arrange 10 prepared coals in a circle. Put Dutch oven on top. Place 14 coals around the edge of the lid with 6 evenly spaced in the middle.
  9. Cook for 25 minutes.
  10. Once the time has passed, knock off the coals from the lid and sprinkle with semisweet chocolate chip along with the remaining bacon. Put the lid back on and move the Dutch oven off the circle of coals.

Allow to sit undisturbed for 30 minutes before serving.

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