Triple Layer Cookie Bars

I have a list of favorite cookie recipes that I’ve made for years.  This one is really nice because it does not require a huge amount of work or time making individual cookies. Made in a baking pan and cut into individual bars,  it’s a very rich cookie. Don’t cut the pieces big – a two to three bite cookie is the best size.

Triple Layer Cookie Bar

  • 1/2 C butter
  • 1  1/2 C Chocolate Animal Cookies
  • 1  –  7 oz. package of flaked coconut – Coco Rallado
  • 1  –  14 oz. can of condensed milk
  • 1  –  12 oz. bar of Superior Chocolate
  • 1/2 C creamy peanut butter – mani

Grease a 9 x 13 pan and dust with coco powder.  Melt butter and mix with the crumbled cookies and press into bottom – if the crumbs are not coated with butter add a few more spoonfuls to make them stick together.  Sprinkle the coconut evenly over the crumbs and press into cookie base. Pour the condensed milk over all to cover evenly.

Bake in a 325 f or 170 c –  (I make it a bit higher) for about 25 minutes or until the edges are a golden brown.  Let stand to cool 5 minutes.

While crust is cooling, in a sauce pan melt the chocolate and peanut butter together and pour over the cookie base to cover.  Let cool completely.

From top left – Fresh Peanut Butter (Mani), Chocolate Animal Cookies (Galletas), Superior Chocolate Bar, Coconut (Coco Rallado) and Condensed Milk.

Everyone who love chocolate loves this cookie bar, it will go fast so hide a few for yourself!

Monday Morning Running as Fast as I Can!

Monday is my morning for running around town between dropping off and picking up our laundry, stopping in the pharmacy for a few items, replacing our 5 gal containers of bottled water, stopping in the Agripac store for some heavy-duty insecticide because we have both big and little fast-moving ants that are driving both Joe and I nutzzzzzz, running into the bank for a little cash and finally making a stop in one of the bigger supermarkets to get my food shopping started for the week. It is a marathon morning like running a 5k race.

I switch back and forth between Super Tia and Gran Aki for my shopping. Each store has different items that I am interested in purchasing so I shop at both. With Tia you can sign up for a Tia card.

The red card is the one you give to the cashier when you are paying for your order, the blue card is used to transfer the points into cash and you use it to pay for your groceries. I had no idea until last month what this card was for but I got $20 worth of free groceries just for using my card.

I was handed this great beach umbrella this morning when I was leaving the store.  Can’t wait to try it out on the beach this week.

I had to go into the bank today. The banking system at Banco de Guayaquil is that upon entering the bank there is a machine that dispenses numbers for the tellers or customer service representatives for the services that you require. Before I could turn around from getting my ticket my number had already been called and they had moved on to the next number.  It was Monday morning, in the past I have waited for 25 to 35 minutes for my turn but today was completely different. I did not realize it until the machine was already two numbers past mine. The young man who I normally use saw my face as I held up my already passed number and motioned for me to wait behind the person he was serving. Years ago I gave up carrying a wallet and a big purse, I now carry a fabric zipper shoulder bag with my ID and cards held together with an elastic band. I know I must look like a bag lady to this young man, today he saw me fumbling yet again with my elastic band and cards and handed me this cute little card holder.

I felt like I won the jackpot in a lottery. Mine is a sweet little life with little joys from folks that you would never expect. I truly feel blessed, I love these Ecuadorian people they are just beautiful people.

Cafe con Leche Anyone?


Coffee (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

When we were staying in Puerto Lopez our hostel included breakfast with the room rate. Each morning our first thought was that cup of excellent fresh ground coffee from our hosts’ finca. It was dark, rich and downright wonderful! Our friends from Las Tunas, Pat and her son Scott Creasey introduced us to Manabi coffee from Jipijapa which had that same rich flavor. Here in Playas the local Super Tia offers two bins of fresh roasted beans, the Manabi brand and the second is Loja.

My favorite is the Cafe de Manabi. It must be the same coffee that both Itapoa and then the Creasey family served. For under $4 a pound it is a find.

In the old days when I purchased Starbucks for $11 a pound I got the whole bean and ground just enough for that morning’s coffee. Here it works to buy a pound each week ground at the store. Did I say lazy? I am merely conserving energy!