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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Chocolate Streusel Bars

Happy Valentine's Day! What more could you want on the day before Valentine's than an extra chocolaty bar. I think that these brownie type bars go a step further with the topping and the condensed milk center, they make them rich and yummy without a ton of eggs and butter as normal brownies have.

I've been on a sweetened condensed milk kick lately and I was more than happy to find a recipe that I thought would be perfect for the ultimate chocolate holiday. I found the recipe here on the Eagle's Brand site. They just looked irresistible. These will be making their way to work with me tomorrow morning to treat my co-workers.

Chocolate Streusel Bars

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 cup cold unsalted butter
1 egg
1 14 oz can Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Combine the flour, sugar and cocoa in a medium size bowl. Cut in butter until crumbly. Use a fork, it may take 5 minutes or so to get the right consistency, you want it all to look like crumbs. Add the egg; mix until well blended. At this point you can mix using your hands, I find it a lot easier. Reserve 1 1/2 cups crumb mixture. Press remainder evenly on bottom of greased 13 by 9 inch baking pan. Bake for 10 minutes.

While the bottom layer is baking, in heavy saucepan, over low heat, combine the sweetened condensed milk and 1 cup chocolate chips. Stir until chips are melted and mixture is smooth. Spread evenly over prepared crust.

To reserved 1 1/2 cups of the crumb mixture, add nuts, remaining 1 cup chocolate chips and white chocolate. Sprinkle the topping evenly over melted chocolate layer. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until center is set. Cool and then slice into bars.

Yum these crazy chocolate bars are so good, rich and a little unusual. So if you are tired of making those regular old brownies, try these for a change. They (the people you serve these too) will love you forever.

Everyone loved the fudgy center of these bars but didn't love how crumbly the topping was. I would next time try and make it more solid like an actual streusel. These got an 8 rating out of everything else I've made them. (The favorites are still the Pumpkin Chocolate Chip and the Treasure Cookies.)


Emily said...

Wow! These bars look incredible.

Jamie said...

Those look vicious! Chocolate and more chocolate! That says Valentine's Day to me!

Lo said...

Well, I certainly can't argue with these. They sound amazing... and they look even better. Mmm.

Anonymous said...

These look awesome! Even with a crumbly top, I don't think that would stop me from wanting to eat the whole pan... haha

Gigi said...

wow, these look sensational! thank you for sharing the recipe.

Hendria said...

these look really good as well... I want to try the treasure cookies. next.... :)

Sophie said...

I'm also a big fan of using condensed sweetened milk, it makes such a difference. I love all the flavors and textures going on in these bars! So yummy!

Olivia said...

These look great. I bet the sweetened condensed milk makes these really gooey and tasty.