CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY CRUMB BARS

 

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (12-ounce package)Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels, divided
  • 1 can (14 ounces) Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
  • 1/3 cup seedless raspberry jam

Directions

  • PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
  • BEAT butter in large mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in flour, sugar and salt until crumbly. With floured fingers, press 1 3/4 cups crumb mixture onto bottom of prepared baking pan; reserve remaining mixture.
  • BAKE for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
  • MICROWAVE 1 cup morsels and sweetened condensed milk in medium, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 1 minute; STIR. Morsels may retain some of their original shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until morsels are melted. Spread over hot crust.
  • STIR nuts into reserved crumb mixture; sprinkle over chocolate filling. Drop teaspoonfuls of raspberry jam over crumb mixture. Sprinkle with remaining morsels.
  • BAKE for 25 to 30 minutes or until center is set. Cool completely in pan on wire rack

Notes

A thin layer of fruit jam is all that comes between the brown sugar crust and the walnut-flavored topping. Melted chocolate chips are spread over the top to finish these bars off.

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