Nestlè Dark Chocolate Crumb Bars
I found another new bar/brownie type recipe! Did you know that Nestle makes dark chocolate morsels? I did not know that until recently and I was so excited to find another new simple but homemade recipe on the back of the package. I have to warn you though, these little bars are extremely addicting. The sweetened condensed milk gives it just enough sweetness to counteract the dark chocolate bitterness. They come together to make the chocolate filling that practically melts in your mouth. The topping and crust add a unique texture. Paired together, it exudes happiness in your mouth. I found the recipe to be quite easy and it all came together in about 25 minutes total. I love the bar/brownie recipes because there is no waiting around for multiple pans of cookies that you shuffle in and out of the oven and hope that you don’t forget and let a pan get too brown. Personally I don’t care for nuts in my desserts (unless they are a main attraction) so I omitted those when I made the recipe. What you will need:
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 10 package NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Dark Chocolate Morsels
1 can (14 oz.) Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional) The Instructions:
Preheat your oven to 350 and grease a 13 x 9 inch baking pan.
In a large mixing bowl, beat butter until creamy. Add in the flour, sugar and salt until crumbly. With floured fingers and hands, press 2 CUPS of the crumb mixture onto the bottom of the baking pan. Save the rest of it for the last baking step. The layer will be slightly thin but cover the bottom. Bake it for about 10 minutes or until the edges are golden brown (my oven had it golden brown in about 7-8 minutes).
In a small saucepan, combine 1 CUP of the morsels and the sweetened condense milk. Warm it over LOW heat, stirring constantly until it is smooth. Stir in the vanilla extract and spread it over the hot crust.
Add the remaining 2/3 cup of morsels with the reserved crumb mixture (and nuts if using). Sprinkle it evenly over the chocolate filling.
Bake for about 25 minutes or until the center is set. Let it cool completely before trying to cut it (I waited about an hour).