Friday, November 9, 2012

Chocolate Dream Bars

One of my all time favorite cookies that my mom makes every year for Christmas are Seven Layer cookies.  True to its name, there are seven ingredients, all layered into a pan:  butter, graham cracker crumbs, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, coconut, sweetened condensed milk, and nuts.

I've been wanting to change it up a little bit and finally got the ingredients I needed the other day.  Instead of graham cracker crumbs, I crushed up some pretzel sticks I had in the pantry.

Then, I omitted the butterscotch chips and used four different kinds of chocolate.  If you like chocolate, you'll love these.

Milk, dark, semi-sweet, and white chocolate chips melt together to create a dreamy chocolate taste!  Even though I don't normally like coconut, somehow in these cookies it adds to the taste instead of overpowering.

The sweetened condensed milk gets evenly drizzled over the top, and then bakes for 35 minutes.  I try to avoid nuts as much as possible when baking, since my husband is not a fan, but you could definitely finish these off with some chopped pecans on top.

Make sure you have some milk in the fridge if you're going to make these.  You can cut them small and serve on a cookie platter.  OR, make the pieces a bit bigger, serve them warm, and place a scoop of ice cream on the top.  An easy dessert that is sure to please.

Chocolate Dream Bars

3/4 stick butter or margarine
3/4 cup pretzel crumbs {or graham cracker crumbs}
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 can sweetened condensed milk

Spread butter or margarine on the bottom of 8x8-inch pan.  Sprinkle pretzel crumbs evenly over top.  Then, sprinkle chocolate pieces; top with coconut.  Drizzle sweetened condensed milk evenly over the top, being sure to cover as much of the coconut as possible.  Bake at 350 F for 35 minutes.  Cool before slicing.

This could easily be made in a 9x13-inch pan.  Just double all the ingredients and use on entire can of sweetened condensed milk.

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  1. Yum! I need to try these soon ... I may even have all the ingredients on hand ... thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend!

  2. Please save ONE for me when we come down. Of course, Ron is like his son; doesn't appreciate the coconut and nuts, so no need to waste one on him =).

  3. these seriously look amazing. I could probably make these gluten free too. I am stopping by from the TTJ linky! Definitely sticking around to check more yummyness!

  4. I love these bars...I think I love them even more with a pretzel crust! That is a great twist on this awesome recipe:-)

  5. Lauren your bars look so good. I bet they are even better with the pretzel sticks.

  6. An interesting read, thanks. I'm a major chocolate fan and love reading about such things. My personal favourite is dark chocolate bars. Have to be 70% or more cocoa content for me. Bob


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