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Trail Mix Cookie Bars

Trail Mix Cookie Bars

I entered a baking contest a few months back but had to wait to post this until after the winners were announced. Long story short: didn't win! BUT, it was so fun to make up this homemade cookie bar recipe, full of chocolate, buttery goodness and topped with a trail mix spread. Finally, my own recipe!

I hope you enjoy making these and devouring them just as quickly as my family.

 

Please comment or let me know how yours turn out! Feel free to eat them without the trail mix topping; promise they're still uber delicious and addicting. 

 

Cookie Bar Ingredients:

Graham crackers (2 packs of 8 crackers from the box or about 3 cups crushed)

½ cup sweetened condensed milk

2 cups flour

1 cup butter softened

½ cup brown sugar

4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips

 

Topping Ingredients:

Dark chocolate candy melts or dark chocolate chips

Pistachios

Almond slices

Dried cranberries

Dried blueberries

Or whatever trail mix you like best: peanuts, raisins, etc. 

 

Cookie Bar Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Crush graham crackers into fine crumbs (I put crackers in a Ziploc and made crumbs via a roller)

Add sweetened condensed milk to graham cracker crumbs and mix together

Pour half of the mixture to the bottom of a 9x9 pan lined with parchment paper or sprayed well with cooking spray and set other half of the mixture aside

For the cookie mixture: mix the flour, softened butter, and brown sugar until well blended

Fold in the chocolate chips (may use more or less than the recipe, depending on your liking for chocolate)

Pour the cookie mixture on top of the graham cracker crumb bottom

Top with the second half of the graham cracker crumbs and condensed milk mixture

Bake for 30 minutes

 

Toppings Instructions:

Wait for cookie bar to cool, especially the top of the bar

Chop pistachios and other toppings to small crumbs (may use a variety of nuts and dried fruit or coconut flakes)

Melt chocolate and pour on top of the bars

Add the toppings before the chocolate cools and sets

 

Lastly…

Enjoy!

 

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