6/29/07

A Different 7 Layer Bar

I think most people have had the traditional 7 layer bars that use sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips and coconut, however, as much as I love sweetened condensed milk and coconut, I've never loved those bars. They are quite popular with the rest of the population but I'm weird I guess. When I saw this recipe I decided it had enough different ingredients to make it interesting. The rice cereal and the toffee are both good ideas in my book. I haven't made this one, but I decided to post it in my recipe files for future reference.


7 Layer Toffee Bars


1 c toffee bits
12 whole graham crackers
1 stick butter, melted
8 oz. milk chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 c Rice Krispies cereal
1 c pecans,toasted and chopped coarse
1 c semi sweet chocolate chips
1 c sweetened coconut,toasted
2 (14 oz.) cans sweetened condensed milk
1 T vanilla


Preheat oven to 350ยบ. Line a 13x9x2 baking pan with foil, allowing some excess overhang at edges. Coat foil with cooking spray. Process toffee bits in food processor to a fine powder. Add graham crackers and process to fine crumbs. Transfer mixture to a bowl and add butter. Press mixture firmly into prepared pan. Bake till beginning to brown, 10 minutes. Remove pan from oven, sprinkle crust with milk chocolate, and allow chocolate to soften, about 2 minutes. Using a spatula, smooth chocolate to an even layer. Scatter Rice Krispies over chocolate pressing to adhere. Add layers of pecans, chocolate chips and coconut, in that order, pressing each layer to adhere. Combine condensed milk and vanilla in a bowl then pour over coconut. Bake till golden brown, 25-30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack, about 2 hrs. Using foil overhang, lift from pan and cut into squares.

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