A moist and tender cookie bar with a layer of decadently soft chocolate combine with the taste of butter and brown sugar to make this bar truly a dream. The ingredients are simple (as I prefer them to be) and incorporate one of my favorite shortcuts for cookie bars: Baking Mix (think Bisquick). When I was developing the recipe for these bars my mother and I were scheduled to go on a quilt retreat the following day so I brought them with me to see how they went over. They were gone before I even went to bed that evening and I hand wrote the recipe out the following day to pass around to those who had asked for it.
If you’d like to visit a spell and see what all my husband and I got into during out Staycation, keep reading.
This week is fall break for many folks and we usually take a little road trip around this time. Over the years, we’ve pretty much covered the entire Southeast in our travels and we’ve made some wonderful memories as a family. I am so grateful for all of the little adventures we got to go on when the kids were younger and in the recent years as well.
So, as fall break approached we started talking about where we would like to go. We tend to keep it in our corner of the country due to time and cost but we couldn’t come up with a single thing to see/do that we haven’t already seen and done. That’s when it occurred to me that we were just planning a trip out of habit at this point. I asked the kids if they would rather go somewhere or stay home and the entire family confirmed that staying home would be nice, so Ricky took off a few days from work and we planned our very first “staycation”.
The one stipulation we had, to keep it in line with an actual vacation, was that there would be the bare minimum when it came to housework. We gave ourselves permission to relax in our home instead. We had a few books we have been working on and we spent most of our time chatting over those, reading them aloud, chewing on the insight we had gleaned, drinking coffee, and resting. Toss in a lunch or two out and a couple of walks in this glorious fall weather that has descended upon us and this quickly turned into an event we want to repeat as often as possible.
There is truly no place like home and it was nice to have a few days off dedicated to just enjoying the company of our favorite people in the comfort of our favorite place. Here are a few photos of our adventures at home…
This is us on the day we took our daughter and some of her friends to an Anime’ Day in Nashville. They were all dressed up in impressive costumes so I told them we were spies masquerading as an all American couple. Having missed out on the eighties, they had no idea what we were talking about…
And my daughter’s friends (that we took to Nashville) also spent the weekend with her. The second night, as they were going to bed, Katy came to me, gave me a hug, then said softly:
“Ma, please don’t blow the shofar to wake us up in the morning. That kind of freaked us out yesterday. “
Take away all my fun…. 😀
And lastly, We decided to have some fun decorating our home courtesy of inspiration from Deuteronomy where it says to remember His commandments and write them on your doorposts. My husband’s freakishly neat handwriting came in handy. We plan on adding more verses later.
And now, with fall in full fun swing here in Alabama (Thank you, Lord!), I’m sharing a decadent cookie recipe with you that will have cookie lovers and chocolate lovers singing your praises! This is a recipe I developed a couple of years ago and they have become a dear favorite of mine. Of course, I’m a cookie lover through and through but this one hits all the right notes and contains all of my favorite ingredients in a convenient bar cookie. I MUCH prefer bar cookies since they are so low fuss and perfect for traveling with. Family gatherings, potlucks, bake sales, class parties, and office events just about stand up on their hind legs and beg for these!
The ingredients are simple and you don’t even need a mixer, just stir it all together by hand.
You’ll need: Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips, Baking Mix (such as Bisquick), Sweetened Condensed Milk, Dark Brown Sugar, Butter, Eggs, and Vanilla.
As always, the full recipe is in printable format at the bottom of this post.
In small pot or microwave safe bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk with 1 + 1/2 cups chocolate chips. Heat at one minute intervals, stirring well after each, until melted, smooth, and able to stir together enough to fully blend the two.
In medium mixing bowl stir together melted butter, brown sugar, vanilla, eggs, and baking mix until ingredients are full incorporated with one another. Stir in remaining chocolate chips.
Spread 2/3 of batter into bottom of greased 9×13 pan. Spread melted chocolate mixture on top and spread to sides. Drop spoonfuls of remaining batter on top.
Spread that to cover it a bit. It’s okay if you still see the chocolate layer through it some. That just makes for a prettier final bar.
Bake this at 350 for 20-25 minutes, or until lightly browned on top.
Printable recipe below!
Allow to cool completely before cutting and enjoy!
- 2+1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
- 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
- 1+1/2 cup dark brown sugar
- ¾ cup butter (1+1/2 sticks), melted and cooled
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2+1/2 cups baking mix (such as Bisquick)
- In microwave safe bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk with 1+1/2 cups chocolate chips. Heat at 30 second intervals, stirring well after each, until melted and smooth.
- In medium mixing bowl stir together melted butter, brown sugar, vanilla, eggs, and baking mix until well combined. Stir in remaining chocolate chips.
- Spread ⅔ of batter into bottom of greased 9x13 pan. Spread melted chocolate mixture on top and spread to sides. Drop spoonfuls of remaining batter on top.
- Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown on top. Allow to cool completely before cutting. oh who are we kidding , try some warm but cool the rest and then cut them so they'll be pretty.
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