It’s a lovely November Friday, so why not revisit a recent post and switch things up, just a wee, tiny bit?
You will recall the Candy Cookie Bars, made with Snickers and M&Ms. Well, when shopping for Halloween candy, I came across Dark Chocolate Kit Kat Bars.
I know, right?
I’d also picked up a few other interesting takes on candy, so… let’s see, shall we?
Sweetened Condensed Milk:
•1 cup nonfat dry milk
•2/3 cup sugar
•3 tbsp melted butter
•1 tsp vanilla
•1 (1 lb 1.5 oz) bag sugar cookie mix
•1/3 cup butter, softened*
•1/2 cup canned sweetened condensed milk
•1 cup finely chopped Kit Kat dark chocolate candy bars (about 8 fun-size)
•1/2 cup M&Ms
•1/2 cup chopped pecans
•2 tbsp Bunch Crunch Clusters
*1/3 cup equals 5-1/3 tablespoons.
First things first, let’s make our sweetened condensed milk.
Add the nonfat dry milk, 2/3 cup of sugar, three tablespoons of butter, and the vanilla to the jar of a blender.
Pour the boiling water over all, then cover and blend on high for about 30 seconds.
You have now made your own sweetened condensed milk.
Place the Kit Kat bars in the bowl of your food processor and pules until nicely chopped. Set aside.
Heat your oven to 350°and line an eight inch square baking pan with heavy duty foil. This will make it a snap to lift the cookie bars out of the pan for slicing and serving.
In large bowl, combine the cookie mix, softened butter and egg until you have a soft dough.
Press two-thirds of the dough in bottom of pan, then bake for 15 minutes.
Remove from oven and drizzle the half cup of condensed milk over cookie base. Sprinkle the Kit Kat pieces over the top, then add the pecans and 1/2 cup of the M&M’s.
Crumble chunks of the remaining third of the cookie dough over the candy and nuts.
Sprinkle the two tablespoons of Bunch Crunch candy over the top of the crumbled dough and bake 23 to 28 minutes more, or until the top is nicely golden brown.
Cool completely, at least three hours. Yeh – I know, a real pain in the keister, you really want these cooled and set before cutting into 16 squares.
In truth, the Bunch Crunch clusters did not melt as well as I thought they would, but, all in all, still a fine batch of cookie bars.
Now, two different takes on candy cookie bars, made with two different types of dough and swapped out candies. Both pretty darned tasty. Shall we try some other varieties?