Baked Goodness Bar

I don’t even know how or where to begin to describe this intensely rich dessert. It has dark chocolate, butterscotch, white chocolate, and more, that results in something so dense we were only able to eat one each (with some ice cream) for the whole week. That said, we may have had too much in our bowls. We’re not usually ones to wimp out on desserts, but in this case one serving per week was enough. So when you make these, make sure you have a picnic or party or something to bring them to when you’re done.

Make no mistake though, just because we couldn’t finish the batch doesn’t mean we didn’t really, really, really enjoy eating it! Especially when we tasted a little bit fresh out of the oven – wow! I’m just giving you fair warning.

baked goodness bar
baked goodness bar

Recipe courtesy of Dinner and Dessert
the crust

    2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
    2 1/2 cups finely ground graham cracker crumbs (about 20 crackers)
    1 C unsalted butter, melted

the filling

    1 1/3 cups walnut halves, toasted and chopped (I used hazlenuts with no problem)
    1 1/2 Cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
    3/4 cups white chocolate coarsely chopped
    3/4 cups butterscotch chips
    3 cups (26 oz) sweetened condensed milk

the crust

    Preheat the oven to 300 degrees
    1. Butter the sides and bottom of a 9×13 inch baking pan or spray it with nonstick cooking spray.
    2. On a parchment-lined baking sheet, spread out the coconut. Put the baking sheet in the oven and toast the coconut until it starts to turn golden brown, 7-10 minutes. Remove from the oven, toss the coconut, and return it to the oven for 3 more minutes.
    3. Put the graham cracker crumbs in a large bowl, add the toasted coconut, and toss with your hands until combined. Add the butter. Use your hands to combine the mixture, then turn it out into the prepared pan. Using your hands, press the crust into an even layer on the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Use the bottom of a measuring cup to create a perfectly even crust.
    4. Refrigerate the crust for 15 minutes, then bake for 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack and let the crust cool completely.

the filling

    Increase the oven temperature to 325 degrees.
    1. Evenly spread the nuts in the bottom of the crust.
    2. Spread the chocolate chips over the walnuts, followed by the white chocolate, followed by the butterscotch chips.
    3. In a steady stream, pour the sweetened condensed milk evenly over the filling. Shake the pan very gently to make sure the sweetened condensed milk is evenly distributed.
    4. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, rotating the pan every 10 minutes, until golden brown and bubbly. Remove and let cool completely. Cut into squares and serve.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Erin says:

    I loved these! You are making me want to make them again! Looks great 🙂

  2. mland13 says:

    holy smokes! those look so so good emily!

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