Thursday, March 19, 2009

Can’t Leave Alone Bars

Another recipe name that lacks creativity. A few months ago I decided to join an online club called the Cookie Club. Very simple, they send you a dozen recipes a month by email and if you use one you must give them credit. No problem. Today’s recipe is one that I received but the name did not draw me to it, the ingredients did. Very moist bar cookie with a thick fudgy layer of chocolate topped off with a cookie crust. Chocolaty.
I do have some suggestions for this easy dessert. If I were going to make this bar again I would leave out one egg. You see, the crust would become the recipe for a cake mix cookie minus one egg. This would give the dessert more of a cookie crunch to compliment the fudgy filling. Also, dropping the mix on top is always such a problem. My mother, of all people, suggested that I roll the remaining dough and make a lattice-like design or just stripes. I liked this suggestion. I think that would look much better than the strange polka dots that I had on mine. Finally, nuts. I think that would be a personal choice. If you a nutty fudge person than I would say go for at least a ½ cup of finely chopped pecans in your filling.
I feel like with all my suggestions I have a totally new recipe. Hmmm, if I changed the name and used all my suggestions would I have to still give Cookie Club the credit? I don’t think so.

Can’t Leave Alone Bars
1 package (18 1/4 ounce) white cake mix
2 eggs
1/3 c. vegetable oil
1 can (14 ounce) sweetened condensed milk
1 c. (6 ounce) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 c. butter, cubed
In a bowl, combine the dry cake mix, eggs and oil. With floured hands or spatula, press 2/3 of the mixture into a greased 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Set remaining cake mixture aside. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the milk, chocolate chips and butter. Microwave for 45 seconds, stir. Microwave 45 to 60 seconds longer or until chips and butter are melted; stir until smooth. Pour over crust. Drop remaining cake mixture by teaspoonfuls over top. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool before cutting.


Anonymous said...

I know I can't make the cookies, but I sure can tell you how it is done--isn't that like a lot of
people we know!!!!


The Domestic Flunky said...

Holy goodness, Batman! Yum. I'm loving your blog! Will be back!!!