Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Chocolate Chip Crumb Bars Recipe

While I wait for paint to dry....

Here is the recipe for the Chocolate Chip Crumb Bars (these are pictured in a previous blog). These are really good, but not necessarily my favorite bar recipe ever. Josh liked them better than I did. They kind of taste like a chocolate pie, but in the form of a cookie bar. If you like chocolate chips and shortbread, then this is for you!

I adapted this recipe from the Nestle Toll House cookbook. The original recipe is called "Chocolatey Raspberry Crumb Bars". I was actually just looking for a recipe that called for everything that I had on hand. Apparently I didn't have eggs, so this was perfect:)

Chocolate Chip Crumb Bars

1 c. butter, softened
2 c. flour
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
2 cups chocolate chips, divided
1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 13x9 baking pan

Beat butter in large bowl until creamy. Beat in flour, sugar and salt until crumbly. With flour fingers, press 1 3/4 c. crumb mixture onto bottom of baking pan; reserve remaining mixture.

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges are golden brown

Microwave 1 cup chocolate chips and condensed milk in medium bowl, uncovered, for 1 minute. Stir. Chocolate chips may retain some of their original shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10-15 second intervals, stirring, until morsels are melted. Spread over hot crust.

Sprinkle reserved crumb mixture over chocolate layer and sprinkle with remaining chocolate chips.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until center is set. Cool on wire rack. Cut into bars.

Makes 3 dozen bars