Chocolate Cranberry Bars

Chocolate Cranberry Bars

2 cups vanilla wafer crumbs (about 60 wafers, crushed)

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

3 tablespoons sugar

2/3 cup (or 10 2/3 tablespoons) cold butter, cut into pieces

1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk

1 cup peanut butter chips

1 1/3 cups (6 ounce package) sweetened dried cranberries or 1 1/3 cups raisins

1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place the vanilla wafers in a food processor; process until finely crushed. Add the cocoa, sugar, and butter; process until mixture is crumbly. Press mixture evenly on bottom and 1/2 inch up sides of a 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over crumb mixture; sprinkle evenly with peanut butter chips and dried cranberries. Sprinkle nuts on top; press down firmly. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cover with foil; let stand several hours before cutting into bars and serving. Makes 36 bars.