Coconut Almond Fudge Bars, i.e. Crack Bars
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
These bars are irresistible, with a cookie-like bottom layer, fudgy middle layer and candied coconut almonds on top!
Author:
Serves: 9-12
Ingredients
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 7 tablespoons salted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour (use whole wheat for the best texture!)
  • ½ teaspoon +1/8 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup sweetened condensed milk (this will be half of a 14-ounce can)
  • 1½ cups candied coconut almonds
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350ยบ F.
  2. In a stand mixer or in a large bowl with hand mixer, beat together on medium speed the brown sugar and 6 tablespoons of the butter for 3-5 minutes, until well mixed and lighter in color.
  3. Add egg yolks and vanilla and beat until fully incorporated.
  4. Add the flour, ½ teaspoon salt, and baking soda and mix just until combined.
  5. In an 8" x 8" baking dish, press the sugar-flour mixture into the bottom of the dish to form an even layer. Set aside.
  6. In a small bowl combine chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, remaining 1 tablespoon butter and ⅛ teaspoon salt. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Remove from microwave and stir well until all chocolate is melted.
  7. Spread chocolate mixture over the cookie layer.
  8. Sprinkle candied coconut almonds over the chocolate layer, then press that layer down into the chocolate with your fingers. Whatever doesn't get pushed into the chocolate will remain loose even after cooking, so you want to carefully work it to get as much pressed into the chocolate as possible. But don't worry if there are loose pieces!
  9. Cover dish with foil and bake for 20-25 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven and let cool completely before cutting and serving.
Recipe by This Week for Dinner at https://thisweekfordinner.com/coconut-almond-fudge-bars-i-e-crack-bars/