Friday, April 27, 2012

no bake brownie bars

As much as I've reminisced this past week about childhood summer activities, one of the best childhood dessert that appeals no matter what age you are, is the brownie.  There are so many varieties of brownies.  White chocolate, chocolate chip, blondies, etc.  Here's an unexpected twist to the original's more like a bar , but is much easier to make...saving time to enjoy all the simple pleasures of summer.

No Bake Brownie Bars
(adapted from the  "chocolate boils"recipe
from the Company's Coming book, "150 Delicious Squares")

I used organic Camino chocolate chips.  I processed the graham crackers and used organic coconut flakes.  It made the world of difference in these bars, as it was sweet but not overly sweet.  


  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter (or hard margarine)
  • 2 tbsp. cocoa, sifted if lumpy
  • 1 tbsp. milk
  • 3 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup medium unsweetened coconut
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Chocolate glaze:

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp. butter (or hard margarine)


For the brownie:

  • Combine first 5 ingredients in a large saucepan.  
  • Bring to a boil on medium, stirring constantly.   Boil gently for 1 minute, without stirring.  Remove from heat.
  • Add next 4 ingredients and stir well.  
  • Press firmly into a greased 8x8 inch pan.  Let stand until set.

For the chocolate glaze: 

  • Heat chocolate chips and butter in a small, heavy saucepan on the lowest heat, stirring often, until chocolate is almost melted.  
  • Remove from heat but continuing stirring until smooth.  
  • Let stand for 5 minutes.  
  • Spread evenly over squares.  
  • Chill for about 30 minutes, until set.

Cuts to approximately 1 1/2 to 2 dozen squares.

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