Gooey Maple-Nut Bars Recipe

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 …

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  • Manggy March 23, 2008, 11:56 pm

    Ah– our love affair with condensed milk continues. I’m all for it, heh heh :) I think I saw maple flavoring in passing at Costplus or Le Gourmet Chef, but I nixed it in favor of maple syrup. Oops. But how disappointing its flavor got lost in the chocolate.

    I notice I don’t do too many of the multiple-serving things (cookies, bars, macaroons, etc.). Those bars look so delicious I think I may have to now. (Btw, you gotta love the recipe– 1 14-oz can of condensed milk NOTE: NOT EVAPORATED MILK. I mean, wow. Really? They have to have these notes?)

  • Ben March 24, 2008, 7:17 am

    ah more sweets and condensed milk baked goodies. I do love them, but I’ve eaten too much lately and it starts to show :-/ I need to go into a diet, A DIET! I so hate that word :(

    They look delicious, thought, which is part of my problem. I officially hate you (j/k) :-p

  • Erin March 24, 2008, 8:05 am

    Really lovely! — as per usual. Although I’d have to pick off the cherries and feed them to someone else :) Sadly, I’m not a cherry fan.

    So who’s your new food crush? I always get jealous when I read about the BBC food celebs that we don’t get to see in America. One of my favorites was Anjum Anand
    http://erincooks.com/2007/08/12/i-want-my-bbc/

    Why can’t I just live in England?!

  • Allen March 24, 2008, 2:48 pm

    Manggy: :-) yes, another condensed milk post — am I predictable or what? You made a wise choice to buy maple syrup instead of maple flavoring. Is syrup something not available in the Philippines?

    Ben: See, you just need to read my blog to get your sweet fix, that way you don’t have to make it and eat it :-)

    Erin: Ahhhh, Erin, you are spot-on correct. Me loves Anjum! I’ll ooze about her more tomorrow as I’ll be making one of her curry dishes tonight. :-)

  • Manggy March 24, 2008, 5:49 pm

    Oh, it is seen here, Allen– for 2.5 times the price in the States :(

  • Kevin March 24, 2008, 8:28 pm

    Those look so good! Maple on shortbread…mmm…

  • canucklehead March 25, 2008, 12:23 pm

    It is DANGEROUS reading this blog at work. Man, I could murder a one those bars right now. Who am I kidding – I take a whole tray.

    Seriously.

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