Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Chocolatey Raspberry Crumb Bars

These bars always get a fantastic review when I make them - and they are incredibly easy. There aren't even any eggs in here because you just make the crumb layer, then top with the chocolate, raspberry jam, and chips! It really couldn't be easier and you get a delicious result.

If you read my blog regularly, you know I love white chocolate, so I always sub in 1/2 cup of white chocolate chips in the topping to mix it up a little. And get ready for a buttery, chocolately, fruity bar that will knock your socks off!

Chocolatey Raspberry Crumb Bars
Makes 36 bars

1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups (12-ounce package) semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided (I sub in 1/2 cup white chocolate chips)
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1/3 cup seedless raspberry jam

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 13 x 9 baking dish (cooking spray or butter).

Beat butter in large mixing bowl with electric mixer until creamy, about 2 minutes. Beat in flour, salt, and sugar and mix until crumbly. Press 1 3/4 cups of the mixture into the bottom of prepared baking dish, reserving remaining mixture.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are just turning golden brown.

Mix sweetened condensed milk and one cup semi-sweet chocolate chips in medium, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute, uncovered. Stir until completely blended. If necessary, microwave at 15-second increments until combined.Spread over hot crust.

Stir nuts (if using) unto reserved crumb mixture; sprinkle over chocolate layer. Drop the jam by the teaspoonful over the crumb mixture. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips and 1/2 cup white chocolate chips.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until center is set. (Be careful with the white chocolate chips, as they will start to brown.) Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars.


Kristen616 said...

This looks sooo yummy! I will definitely be trying it soon!

Anonymous said...

YUM! My favorite combo is chocolate and raspberry.

Anonymous said...

Mmm these look great. I love raspberry and chocolate together!

Anonymous said...

OH YUM! All my favorite flavors. These are a GREAT bar for Valentine's season!

Maria said...

Looking good! I love bars!

Pam said...

My husband loves chocolate with fruit so I know he would love me to make these for him. They look tasty.

The Blonde Duck said...

Excuse me. I'm drooling.

Linds said...

Ditto the previous comment ;) These look/sound fantastic!

Aggie said...

Oh these sound so great! I haven't baked much in a while...I may have to share these with someone!!

Anonymous said...

I've seen these before and thought they looked good! I love raspberries and white chocolate together.

Kristen616 said...

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What's Cookin Chicago said...

What a great dessert bar! Raspberry & chocolate is such a great combo!

test it comm said...

These sound so good with the raspberry in them!