Thursday, May 08, 2008

Chocolate Graham Layer Bars

On a recent Sunday I got a last minute invitation to an impromptu BBQ. Because it was a nice day and I didn't want to heat up the kitchen, I decided on a quick and easy no bake bar recipe similar to a Nanaimo Bar.
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For the chocolate graham crust:
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 1/2 ounces of unsweetened baking chocolate
1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 cup chopped nuts (I used walnuts)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Line a 9X9 glass dish with non-stick foil or regular foil that you've sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.

In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter and chocolate together over low heat.
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When the chocolate and butter are completely melted, add the crumbs, nuts, sugar, water, and vanilla, and stir to coat all the crumbs. Press this mixture into the prepared pan and stick it in the fridge to cool.

For the frosting layer:
2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 tablesppons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 ounces of unsweetened baking chocolate, melted.

Cream butter and sugar, add vanilla and milk and mix thoroughly. Spread the frosting evenly over the chilled crust. Melt the baking chocolate and transfer to a pastry bag or ziploc bag. Cut a tiny hole in the bottom corner of the bag and drizzle the melted chocolate over the frosting in a decorative manner.
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Chill the bar until the chocolate is set. Use the foil to remove the bars from the pan, place on a cutting board and use a sharp knife or a pizza wheel to cut the cookie into 16 squares.

Keep in the refrigerator

1 Comment:

  1. Nick said...
    Haha, I love that second picture, it looks like a chocolate river in Willy Wonka's chocolate factory.

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