Our Easter weekend came and went without a single bunny or chocolate egg. It’s the one holiday that we don’t get into very much, other than to enjoy a big dinner. This year we were out and about over the weekend and stuffed ourselves each day. I’m embarrassed to admit that I created Easter dinner out of leftovers.
To feel as though I had accomplished something in the kitchen this weekend, I decided to make a sweet treat to start off a new work week, a rich and gooey bar cookie.
I’ve been craving bar cookies for a few weeks now and haven’t done anything about it. Well, there were the Payday treat bars from last week … well, they don’t count since I turned most of them into candy bars. I searched around on the web for awhile and wasn’t finding anything of interest. Since I wanted to use condensed milk, I went directly to the source. I found this recipe for Chocolate Maple Nut Bars on the Eagle Brand site.
The recipe is quick and simple. You make a shortbread crust and bake, then layer chocolate chips and a maple-flavored nut/condensed milk mixture. Bake again and that’s it! It’s not rocket science and is a fairly common recipe. Mostly, I am pleased it required maple flavoring which I bought many months ago with the intent of making my take on Starbuck’s maple oat scones. Clearly, that hasn’t happened yet.
The bars baked beautifully and smelled wonderful. We were watching the movie, No Reservations, so I was distracted and actually allowed the bars to cool without any forced cooling in the freezer. The movie is predictable and fine for a rental. The bars were similarly predictable and good for a quick bake job. I expected more of a maple flavor but the chocolate and other business seem to disguise it a bit.
I dressed the bars up with a few cherries and took one to Joe in the office. He gobbled it down without much fanfare, so I’ll assume he enjoyed it. They are pretty rich and gooey, so be prepared to drink a glass of water with each one.
In the week ahead, I should warn you about something — I have a new food crush. StumbleUpon finally paid off when I stumbled across a British cook who I simply adore. I’ve been watching her series online every since and ordered her cookbook from the UK (i.e. not carried in the US). Stay tuned …