FUDGY CHOCOLATE NUT BARS

Yield: 36 bars
Calories: 195 calories per bar

INGREDIENTS
·      1 cup butter
·      2 cups flour
·      1/2 cup white granulated sugar
·      1/4 teaspoon salt
·      2 and 1/4 ups semi sweet chocolate morsels (divided)
·      1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
·      1 teaspoon vanilla
·      1 cup chopped nuts (either pecans or walnuts)

DIRECTIONS
1.     Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2.     Use butter to grease 9x13 baking dish. Set aside.
3.     In a large bowl, beat butter until fluffy. Add the flour, sugar, and salt and beat some more until crumbly
4.     Press 2 cups of the crumb mixture into the baking pan. Reserve the rest of the crumb mixture (about 1 cup) and set aside. You’ll use it on the top of the bars a little later.
5.     Bake the shortbread crust for about 10 minutes. Remove from oven.
6.     While the shortbread crust is baking, pour 2 cups of the morsels and the sweetened condensed milk into a saucepan and heat on the stovetop on low until it is melted (about 10 minutes).
7.     Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla.
8.     Spread chocolate mixture evenly over the shortbread crust. Make sure not to get too close to the edge so that the chocolate touches the baking dish because it will burn.
9.     Sprinkle the nuts, the reserved shortbread mixture, and the morsels over the melted chocolate.
10. Put the baking dish back into the oven for 22-25 minutes.

11. When the edges of the shortbread crust start to turn golden brown, remove the baking dish from the oven. Let the dish cool before cutting into bars.
Comments