Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Death by Chocolate 7-Layer Bars

It's hard to believe these bars are calorie- and fat-free!  And if you believe that, there's this bridge over there in Brooklyn, New York I'd like to talk with you about selling.

OK, so these are just on the right-edge of complete decadence.  Outside of the vanilla, each and every ingredient is chalk-full of fat and calories.  These are to be served in small bites or you will make yourself sick!  But in a happy way.

So for a special treat for yourself every once in a while, give these a try.  They're really easy to make.

DEATH by CHOCOLATE 7-LAYER BARS (makes one 13x9" pan)

2 1/4 cup chocolate cookie crumbs (about a 10 ounce package of chocolate cookies or wafers...you can use chocolate Teddy Grahams or chocolate graham crackers)
8 Tbsp (1 stick) butter, melted
1/4 tsp vanilla extract


1 cup milk, semi-sweet, or bittersweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup toffee bits (found in the baking aisle along with the chocolate chips, I bought Heath-Bar brand)
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup sweetened, shredded coconut
1/2 cup Nutella
14 oz can sweetened condensed milk

Preheat oven to 350F.  Line a 13x9" aluminum or glass pan with foil and generously grease with cooking spray.

In a bowl, toss together the cookie crumbs, butter, and vanilla until the mixture is combined.  Press it evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan (the bottom of a dry measuring cup can really help get the crumbs into an even layers).

Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the crust followed by the toffee bits, white chocolate chips, and coconut.

Spoon teaspoonfuls of the Nutella in little dollops over the bars (I microwaved the Nutella for 45 seconds and then used a fork to drizzle it over the bars).

Drizzle the sweetened condensed milk back and forth evenly over the bars.

Bake for 25-30 minutes until the edges are golden.

Let the bars cool completely in the pan before removing the foil to a rack to remove the foil.  Place on baking sheet or large pan and cut into small serving squares.

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