Thursday, December 1, 2011

Chocolate Raspberry Bars

I searched high and low for my recipe for Chocolate Raspberry Pretzel bars and I just could not find it.  It was one of those situations where whenever I am looking through my cookbook cupboard I see this printed piece of paper and think, I should make these.  Well, I'm ready to make them and I have no idea where the paper with the recipe went.  So, I googled it to see if I could somehow find it.  No luck.  I did find this recipe and it turned out amazing. The original recipe called for strawberry jam, however, who can resist the combination of chocolate and raspberry, not me.

I made it for my friends at work who have been laid off. We went out for dinner to a local Italian restaurant, that my grandma happen to work at many, many years ago.  Then we came back to work and enjoyed some sweet snacks on their last day.  Sad to see things end this way but I know they will all find better jobs.

recipe from Very Best Baking
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1 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups (12-oz pkg.) semi sweet chocolate chips, divided
1 jar raspberry jam 10 oz)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan.

Beat butter and 1 cup granulated sugar in large mixer bowl until fluffy.  Beat in egg.  Beat in 2 cups flour.  Stir in 1 cup chips.  Spread mixture in prepared pan.  Spread jam evenly over mixture in pan, leaving 1/2-inch border.

Combine 1 cup flour and 1/4 cup granulated sugar in medium bowl.  Cut in 1/4 cup butter with pastry blender or two knives until mixture is crumbly.  Stir in remaining chips.  Sprinkle streusel evenly over preserves.

Bake for 40-45 minutes or until top is golden brown.  Cool completely in pan on wire rack.  Cut into bars.

Combine powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract in small bowl.  Drizzle over bars; let stand until set.


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