Chocolate Hazelnut Bars

magic cookie barsThis recipe is based on “Magic Cookie Bars” from the 1970s.  It’s incredibly easy to make and very rich.  I highly recommend a simple Columbian brewed coffee to sip with these bars.  You don’t want to defuse the flavors of the chocolate, hazelnuts, coconut, and caramelized cream over a graham cracker crust, with a complex espresso concoction.  Though, on second thought, a double tall latte would be grand. 

This recipe is part of my published article on Suite101.com (see RSS feed on my side bar) Picnic for Two at The Concert.  Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (Malt Biscuits for Aussies and Kiwis)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 can (14 oz) Eagle brand Sweetened Condensed Milk (Anchor brand for Aussies and Kiwis)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 cup hazelnuts, chopped

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. (180° C.)
  2. Line a 13×9 inch baking pan with parchment paper
  3. Combine graham cracker crumbs with melted butter, press into the prepared baking pan.
  4. In a bowl, mix chocolate chips, coconut, and nuts.  Spread over the graham cracker crust evenly.  With a piece of plastic wrap or parchment paper over the filling, press down to compact the filling. Remove plastic wrap.
  5. Pour condensed milk over the entire top of the filling.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until brown.
  7. Remove from oven to a rack and cool for 10 minutes.  Invert pan over a rack, remove parchment paper from bottom, invert cookies right-side up onto another rack and continue to cool.
  8. When cookies are cool, use a sharp knife and cut into 2×3 inch bars.
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2 Responses to “Chocolate Hazelnut Bars”

  1. Susan Brooks Says:

    JoAnn,
    I had never thougth of this with Hazelnuts. Sounds delish!

    Hey do you have any tips for NEVER fail pie dough? For someone who is pretty good at making things like Pie Dough fail? I had a recipe for dough once that had some ginger ale in it, and that was ok, but in a move or three, I must have lost it.

    Also, would you use the same dough for berry pies, as for meat pies?
    Thanks for your assistance.
    Susan

    • JoAnn Says:

      Susan,
      My recipe for no-fail pate brisee is at suite101.com on my side bar…click on Chicken Mushroom Quiche.
      It’s just 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup cold butter, 1 egg beaten and 1/2 egg shell of water. Just add a tsp of sugar if you’re making a fruit pie, or 1 tsp of salt for meat pies.
      Thanks for dropping by…

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