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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Bar-None Bars

Why are these bars named as such? Because they are best, bar none [get it?] And because they are so good that they will soon be none left!

I made these a couple of weeks ago while both my roommates were away. Having the place to myself can be nice and allows from some inner-reflection-bonding time, but let's face it: that lasts about ten, maybe fifteen minutes at the most, and then I just become bored and lonely....and hungry.

The best thing about these bars is the layers. Each bite reveals five [yes, count them!] luscious layers of goodness, and each layer sings with every person's favourite desserts and snacks:

Chocolate cake crumbs: Oreos; the innocence of childhood and dunking cookies in milk

Chocolate chips: Everyone's favourite cookie; eating them straight out of the bag

Walnuts: Nutty crunch; toffee; brittle

Coconut: Tropical dreams; miniature candy bars; India

Dulce de Leche: Smooth golden caramel, but richer; total gooeyness

Combined, they are magic, and you will be fighting your friends for a piece. I make this claim only because it is the utmost truth. After dropping off some extra bars at my friend's apartment, the treats made their way around the room. They passed the precious foil-wrapped desserts back and forth until in no time at all, there were indeed none left.

Bar none? I think so.

Ideas for Next Time: Different type of cookie base/nuts, conversion into a cake

Bar-None Bars

1 cup chocolate cake crumbs [I took leftover cake pieces, dried them in the oven overnight, and ground them in a blender]
1/2 cup quick cooking rolled oats
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
1 cup shredded coconut, sweetened or unsweetened
1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup dulce de leche

Preheat oven to 350F and lightly grease an 8×8-inch baking pan.
In a medium bowl, stir together cake crumbs, oats and melted butter. Pour into prepared pan and press into an even layer, using your fingertips,the back of a spoon or a spatula. Spread chocolate chips in a layer on the graham crackers. Spread walnuts in a layer on the chocolate chips. Spread coconut in a layer on top. Pour sweetened condensed milk over everything, and drizzle with dulce de leche.

Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until coconut is golden brown. Cool completely before slicing.
Bars can be served at room temperature or chilled.

Makes 25 squares.

1 comment:

  1. wow, this should be a sin! and I wouldnt care being a sinner! delicious!

    cheers from london,