I've been meaning to post this recipe for a long time but just haven't found the time. Livsmom, your posts prompted me to finally do it.
I got this recipe about 15 years ago (premarraige and prekids) when a co-worker brought it into work and after eating some, I thought I had died and gone to heaven. It originally called for walnuts but you won't even miss them when you taste it. I started making this when my son as a safe treat. He is PA, formerly EA.
Whenever I make it, people hound me for the recipe. There are never any leftovers!
Chocolate Chip Crumb Bars
1 1/2 cups of butter (3 sticks), softened 3 cups all purpose flour 3/4 cups granulated sugar 1/2 tsp salt 2 cups (12 oz. bag) of chocolate morsels (semi-sweet or dark) 14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk 1-1 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
Beat softened butter in a large mixing bowl until creamy. Beat in flour, sugar and salt until crumbly. With floured fingers, press 3/4 of the crumb mixture into a 9x13 pan previously greased or prepared with baking spray. Reserve remaining mixture. Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
Meanwhile, warm 3/4 of the morsels (reserve the other 1/4) and the sweetened condensed milk in a small saucepan stirring constantly until smooth. Stir in vanilla. Pour over hot crust.
Gently spread chocolate to the edges as much as possible. Evenly sprinkle remaining crumb mixture, then remaining chocolate chips over chocolate filling. Bake in oven at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until center is set to touch. Cool in pan on wire rack.
Cut into bars or squares.
Serve warm (best way) or at room temperature.
This can be made ahead of time and freezes well.
On Sep 14, 2005
I just wanted to thank you for posting this recipe. I just made it as an alternative to take to my son's preschool class tomorrow as one of his class mates is having a bday party. The classmates bday snack will not contain peanuts but may contain eggs so I made this for my son to take. Anyway, I just took it out of the oven and it smells DELICIOUS!!! I can't wait to sneak a taste when it cools. thanks again!
On Sep 14, 2005
Ooooo, so much chocolate! Sounds so yummy! I'll definitely have to try it. Thanks for the recipe.
On Sep 29, 2005
Glad that you liked it. I make it so often because for family get togethers, my neices and nephews are sad if I don't bring it. It's always the dessert that disappears first!
On Sep 29, 2005
I'll have to try this! It sounds similar to a recipe I have (the choc chips and milk part) but mine is much more complicated with oats and other stuff. This one sounds yummy!! thanks!
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On Dec 4, 2005
On Dec 23, 2005
Raising since I came to look this up. I will make it for the dessert for my chocoholic sil and her kids! Our dessert for tomorrow night, which is our big family celebration. I suggested ice cream to go along with it.
Hope it comes out good. I always fear making something for the first time when I really need it for something. Just looks like something they will love. I am having a little bit of a hard time getting past the 3 stick of butter!!!!!!!!!!!becca
On Dec 25, 2005
Don't get too caught up on the butter thing. Remember, this recipe makes a whole pan full and you only eat approx 1" squares at a time.
...Not that the sweetened condensed milk and the chocolate make it any less fattening! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img]
On Dec 25, 2005
It was a hit. Let's just say, I had 1/2 a pan left at my sil's(not too many of us to eat it all) and when I asked for a container to put them in(so I could wash my pan and bring it home), she wasted no time handing one over. Meaning, none would be coming home in my pan with me!
I think I cooked them a bit long. Are they usually a bit crisp or soft? Still very good. Like a shortbread dough, then all that chocolate. becca
On Dec 27, 2005
They are not crispy although the edges sometimes can be slightly chewier than the middle. Make sure you bake them on the center rack of your oven, not too close to the bottom. Remove them from the oven as soon as the center is set (I usually just touch it lightly in the center with my finger and if it doesn't stick onto my finger, I consider it done. Edges should be just slightly brown.
Even if they were slightly overdone, I'm sure they were good anyway! Glad you enjoyed them!
On Nov 25, 2006
reraising for those that have recently been looking for eggless nut free deserts.
On Sep 14, 2007
reraising again. I just made this recipe again for our Rosh Hashana dinners (tonight and last night). My neices and nephews devoured them!
On Sep 19, 2007
Amazing, I was thinking of making these, but knew I hadn't seen the recipe for ages. I came here expecting to look back pages and pages (couldn't remember what it was called, only that it was egg-free, chocolatey, and soooo good). And here it was right near the top!
On Sep 23, 2007
Thank you so much for posting this recipe. I made it last week and it was very good. My only thought is next time I may add some chopped up pretzels in place of nuts. I've read in several posts here that pretzels actually stay crunchy and give the texture of having nuts. The bars are excellent, but a little salty crunch would make them even better to balance the buttery soft crust. I'll post the results next time I make them.
On Sep 24, 2007
Originally posted by dgood: [b]Thank you so much for posting this recipe. I made it last week and it was very good. My only thought is next time I may add some chopped up pretzels in place of nuts. I've read in several posts here that pretzels actually stay crunchy and give the texture of having nuts. The bars are excellent, but a little salty crunch would make them even better to balance the buttery soft crust. I'll post the results next time I make them.[/b]
That's a good idea. I've often thought about adding rice krispies to it for some crunch but never got around to it. Pretzels would be good too. I'm afraid to do anything different since everyone likes it this way though. Let me know how it turns out!