2 cups (500ml) coconut, toasted
2 cups (500 ml) rolled oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 1/2 cups almonds or mixed nuts (I used a mixture of almonds, walnuts, and peanuts)
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
2 cans (300 mls each) regular or low fat sweetened condensed milk
1. Preheat oven to 350F
2. Toast coconut by spreading on a cookie sheet and baking for 8 - 10 minutes at 350F or until it starts to turn brown, tossing halfway through
3. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9 x 13 inch pan. Line with parchment paper for easy removal (and believe me, it is necessary)
4. In a large bowl combine toasted coconut, oats, sugar, and melted margarine.
5. Press into pan in an even layer along bottom and up the sides
6. Bake in preheated oven for 18 - 20 minutes until golden brown
7. Sprinkle cooked base with nuts, then with chocolate chips, and then pour the condensed milk evenly over the filling
8. Bake for 30-35 minutes until golden brown and bubbly
9. Cool completely for at least 4 hours before cutting into squares
If I were to rate these bars they would get a 5 out of 5 for taste. They were scrumpdelicious. However, and this is a big however, I had a very difficult time getting them out of the pan in nice looking pieces. They were sticky on the bottom and the top sometimes broke apart. The pieces in these photos were sort of pushed back together so they look okay, but that doesn't really work well when they are part of a plate of cookies and squares. So they would rate a 2 out of 5 in terms of appearance.
I have to tell you that it was mighty frustrating to have them not work out as I had already made a pan of maple-walnut bars last weekend and they just wouldn't come out of the pan and the centre was runny so I scrapped them (and we were forced to eat them). To have two fails was a bit of a bummer.
My mom and I take dessert to Christmas dinner and I like to have a mix of cookies and bars on the platter - thus far I only have cookies. So my friends, I'm sending out a plea for you to share your tried-and-true bar recipes. What is your go-to recipe for squares? Do tell. I'm hoping that the third times the charm.
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