Almond Magic Bars

Crust:
  • 1/2 c. unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 c. brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 c. graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
Layers:
  • 3/4 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 3/4 c. shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1/2 c. slivered almonds
  • 12 oz. sweetened condensed milk

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Spray a 9x9-inch baking pan with cooking spray; set aside.

To make the crust, cream the butter and brown sugar together in a medium bowl, using a hand mixer, until smooth and creamy. Add the vanilla and egg; mix until combined. Add the flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder, and salt and mix until fully combined. Press graham cracker dough evenly into the bottom of your prepared baking pan. Bake for 5 minutes.

Remove the crust from the oven and sprinkle with the chocolate chips (reserving a small amount for the top), coconut, and slivered almonds. Drizzle the sweetened condensed milk over the top (you might not use it all, don't drown it!) and sprinkle with reserved chocolate chips. Return the pan to the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes until set.

Allow the bars to cool at room temperature for 30 minutes and then cool further in the refrigerator to cool all the way through (the bottom of the pan will be cold). Cut into 12 squares. DO NOT cut the bars while they are still warm.

  • Yields: 4-6 servings
  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes
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