Friday Night Chocolate Craving

10 Feb

We’ve suffered all week without chocolate.

Okay, I’ve sneaked a couple spoonfuls of toffee bits from the freezer.  But that doesn’t even count.

We have suffered.

Not because we’re so into following a healthy diet.  Mostly because by the time the chocolate craving hits in the evenings, it’s too late for me to make something (9 p.m. and we’re trying to get the young one down for the night – and just hoping and praying that he’ll sleep through the night again.  It still seems too good to be true.) and it’s too much hassle to leave the house to get something.

But tonight, it being the start of the weekend and all, I am doing it.  Usually, I scoff at recipe collections offered by food brands.  But my Mom gave me a tin box of Hershey’s recipes, and you really can’t argue with Hershey’s and chocolate.  So here we are, making their Championship Chocolate Chip Bars.

I made a substitution, of course; not because I’m a particularly creative baker but because I never have all the ingredients I need.  It’s a minor substitution that I noted in the recipe.  These bars are gooey, decadent bites, perfect with coffee.

Championship Chocolate Chip Bars
–recipe from Hershey’s

1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 c. packed light brown sugar
1/2 c. (1 stick) cold butter or margarine
2 c. (12 oz pkg) Hershey’s Special Dark or Semi-Sweet Chocolate chips (My substitution – using 1/2 c. white chocolate chips and 1 1/2 c. semi-sweet – and they were Nestle!  Don’t tell the Hershey’s people…)
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 c. chopped nuts

Heat oven to 350.
Stir together flour and brown sugar in a medium bowl; cut in butter until crumbly.  Stir in 1/2 c. chocolate chips; press mixture into bottom of ungreased 9×13″ pan.  Bake 15 minutes.
Combine sweetened condensed milk, egg and vanilla in large bowl.  Stir in remaining 1 1/2 c. chocolate chips and chopped nuts.  Spread over hot baked crust.  Bake 25 minutes or until golden.  Cool completely in pan on wire rack.  Cut into bars.
Makes approximately 36 bars.

As if you can wait until something like this is completely cooled before cutting it.  As if…

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