Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Magic Cookie Bars

Magic Cookie Bars are crunchy,chewy and gooey bars made with chocolate chips, coconut and walnuts topped over layer of sweetened condensed milk and graham cracker crumbs. Traditionally these bars are made by layering all the ingredients in a single layer like the butter & crumbs mixture topped with condensed milk (which holds everything in place) followed by chocolate chips, nuts and then coconut. But I prefer to mix the coconut, nuts and chocolate chips together and sprinkle that as a layer. But you could totally do the single layer option too. 


A year back or so, I stumbled upon this recipe on the label of my condensed milk tin. Like a typical foodie, I saved it and tried it later. These bars turned out absolutely yumm so I knew I had to share it with you all sometime. It had been long since I baked something recently and while browsing through my pantry I saw the graham cracker box so was the perfect time to make and the share the recipe. As you can tell from the ingredients these are definitely not for those watching their calorie intake but a small portion will definitely not hurt. Just to add a healthy spin on these I added a couple of tbsp of milled flax seed powder which is a totally optional step. Irrespective of flax-seed, these small bites are perfect as after school snacks for kids/adults. Or as snack/dessert for a potluck party. These stay good for week or so when stored in airtight container in refrigerator. But a warning these are totally addictive. 

Now to the recipe...


Ingredients: (Makes 2-3 dozen bars)
1 and 1/2 cups of graham cracker crumbs or about 10-11 slabs of crackers (each contains 2 biscuits as seen in the pic below) 
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter (melted)
2-3 tbsp milled flax-seed powder (optional)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
1 cup chopped walnuts (or any nuts of choice)
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Method: 
Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a 9X13inch baking pan with parchment paper and spray it with cooking oil or butter. Keep aside.


In a bowl mix together the walnuts,sweetened shredded coconut and chocolate chips. Keep aside. 


Place the graham cracker slabs in a zip-lock bag and using a rolling pin crush them into fine crumbs.  


In the lined and sprayed baking pan, add the crumbs, flax-seed powder and pour the melted butter over them . Mix well. Spread evenly and press firmly to the bottom of the pan. 

Now pour the sweetened condensed milk evenly over the pressed crumb mixture. Lastly sprinkle the coconut, walnut and chocolate chips mixture evenly over the condensed milk and press down firmly. Bake for 25- 30 mins or until lightly golden brown. Cool completely in the pan and then lift the entire slab holding on to the parchment paper. Cut into squares of desired length




Note: 
  • I prefer to mix the coconut walnut and chocolate chips together and then add them. But you could also layer them individually with the chocolate coconut and nuts layer or any order of your preference. 
  • I have used walnuts but you could use any nut of choice like pecans etc
  • If you like to have it less sweeter, add unsweetened shredded coconut instead
  • Pour the condensed milk evenly and don't try spreading it with a spoon or spatula. Chances are you may pull off the crumbs layer.
  • I prefer to mix white a semi sweet chocolate chips but you can use only one type of chips too
  • Once cooled, I prefer to store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator.



That's it, our gooey chewy Magic Cookie Bars are ready. Enjoy these on their own or with a glass of cold milk as an after-school/office snack or as quick dessert. 

Happy Baking!!
Shweta



6 comments:

  1. pass me some,looks chewy n delicious dear

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  2. Delicious and healthy looking cookie bars.
    Deepa

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  3. delicious tempting preparation dear

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  4. That looks magical. So nice. The addition of coconut is a really nice touch.

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  5. Who will say no to this irresistible cookie bars, definitely not me..

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