Socially Unaccepable Cookie Bars

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Assemble 4 1/2 cups of goodies from your pantry. You know you can do it!

I went looking online for a way to use up the sweetened condensed milk that I opened to make snow cream, and discovered  an ingeniously evil recipe called Clean Your Pantry Cookie Bars.  Warning: I usually try to post healthy recipes, and this is everything but healthy. Which renders it pretty much socially unacceptable. But really tasty and a lot of fun to make.

This is a great time for a recipe like this if you, like me, have a bunch of leftover chocolate, nuts and dried fruit from the Christmas season and you have an event like a non-profit organization board meeting or a pot luck where you can spread the potential health risk out amongst a lot of people.

Carrol Pellegrinelli’s original recipe is here, this is just my play-by-play.

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The recipe calls for graham cracker crusts.  I used a packet of Goya brand Marie cookies instead.  Crushed them with a rolling pin in a big platter.  Mixed them with 1/2 a cup of butter (see, I told you: not healthy!) and pressed them into a 9 x 13 inch pan.  Seems like you could use just about any kind of dry cookie as a crust.

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Poured the sweetened condensed milk over the cookie crumb base.  Kind of fun to fill it all in.

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Pressed the topping stuff into the pan and baked it for 25 minutes.  I was still not sure if this was really going to work!  It was hard to wait for them to cool before cutting.

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Finished product!  I cut them into the suggested 24 bars and then cut them diagonally so I ended up with 48 pieces, less my sampling.  At this size, people can go  back for seconds without overdoing too much.  They tasted terrific and went over really well.

When I put them out at the board meeting, I did so with the following caution: “If you’re allergic to anything, it’s probably in here!”

Got a laugh, but seriously, there was even a Reese’s Cup left over from Halloween.

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Perhaps best of all, I used up all these packets of yummy leftovers.  Can’t ever make it the same way twice, but I may make this a post-holiday season tradition.

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8 thoughts on “Socially Unaccepable Cookie Bars

  1. RuthG says:

    I must confess, such treats don’t ever hang around so long in my kitchen! But what a fun idea! They do look yummy.

  2. Lol! I enjoyed your post. Did they eat them all or did you have to take some back home with you?

  3. Sundry says:

    Thanks for stopping by! There were about 10 left (17 board members…that’s quite a ratio). I took the rest to work, and they were snapped up.

  4. kitty says:

    Ooh, I want some!

  5. seabluelee says:

    Those sound delicious. I may have to buy some of those things just so I’ll have the necessary leftovers for making cookies. 🙂

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