Saturday, April 2, 2011

Chocolatey Raspberry Crumb Bars

These are the most delicious cookies ever.  They look so fancy and are so easy to make.  They are also a great gift because they are easy to wrap up and store!

2 sticks butter, softened
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1-14 ounce can sweetended condensed milk
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1/3 cup seedless raspberry jam

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 13 by 9 baking pan.

Beat butter in a large mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in flour, sugar, and salt until crumbly.  With floured fingers, press 1 3/4 cups crumb mixture onto bottom of prepared baking pan and reserve the remaining mixture for later.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are golden brown.

Microwave 1 cup morsels and sweetened condense milk in a medium, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl for 1 minute.  Stir.  Morsels may retain some of their original shape.  If necessary, microwave at additional 10 to 15 second intervals, stirring just until morsels are melted.  Spread over hot crust.

Stir nuts into reserved flour mixture.  Sprinkle over chocolate layer.  Drop teaspoonfuls of raspberry jam over crumb mixture.  Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup of morsels.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until center is set.  Cool in pan on wire rack.  Cut into bars.

Makes 36 bars.
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