Friday, January 13, 2012

Burnt or Just a Chocolate Crust?

Last month, one of my co-workers kept asking me to make a treat for the lounge.  I have kind of fallen behind on my lounge treats but haven't been at home much after work recently.  So, I planned to take some bars from my Southern Living book at the end of our regular month right before holiday schedule started.  Weeelllll, this recipe called for a graham cracker crust.  LOVE those...but this one was a chocolate version.  First, let me just say that it was SO hard to find the cookies. 

It called for chocolate teddy grahams.  I mean, do those exist anymore?  I couldn't find them!  Just used Kroger brand.  Then I couldn't find the mint chocolate cookie bar candies.  So, I used mint flavored M&M's instead.  I really wish I could have found that candy because it sounded wonderful; I threw some Crunch bars in as well but they pretty much just melted in with everything else.  So, I make the bars and then cut them to get them ready to take to work.  Ugh...the crust tasted burnt!  I just couldn't take them.  Boo!  I didn't throw them away, though, and let Daddy, Mama, and D try them out.  According to them, they didn't taste burnt.  So, maybe I just wasn't used to the taste of the chocolate crust...I don't know!  In general, the bars were good...I'd give them another try if I could find that candy bar somewhere!

Mint Chocolate Crumble Bars from Southern Living Incredible Cookies
10 ounce package teddy bear shaped chocolate graham cracker cookies (not sure why this matters!), crushed (2.5cups)
1/2 cup butter, melted
3 (1.55 ounce) minty milk chocolate bars with crunchy cookie bits, chopped (I used 9 mini crunch bars and about 1 cup mint m&M's)
6ounces white chocolate chopped
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 egg
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk

Preheat oven to 350. Combine cookie crumbs and butter; stir.  Press into a greased 13x9 pan. Place in oven and bake for 15 minutes.  Sprinkle candy bars and M&M's, white chocolate, pecans, and chocolate chips on the crust.  Combine egg and milk.  Pour over chocolate morsels.  Replace pan in oven and bake for 35 minutes.  Cool completely.  Cut into pieces and enjoy!

1 comment:

Solitary Diner (Also Known as The Frugalish Physician) said...

I used to love the Hershey's mint chocolate cookie bars, and I would pick up large quantities of them every time I visited the States, as they weren't available in Canada. Sadly, I haven't seen them in years, so I suspect they've been discontinued. Such a loss. :(