These bars are truly decadent. They have a chocolate cookie crust (melted butter, miniature chocolate chips, and chocolate cookie crumbs -- Yockelson specifies Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers) that is briefly baked and cooled, and then topped with a very fudgy brownie-like batter (cake flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, butter, unsweetened chocolate, eggs, sugar, vanilla, miniature chocolate chips, and chopped Milky Way Midnight bars). The recipe suggests that you can either mix in all of the chocolate chips and chopped candy bars into the chocolate fudge chip batter, or mix in only half of each and reserve the other half to sprinkle on top of the bars 5 minutes before the baking time is up. I chose the latter option.
I'm glad I chilled the bars overnight before cutting them, because they were so fudgy that I think it otherwise would have been impossible to cut them cleanly. I was relieved when I tried a bar and discovered that it was ultracreamy, deeply chocolately, and quite delicious. I thought that the cookie crust added quite a bit to these bars -- while the crust was not as crunchy as I might have hoped, you could definitely taste the toasted (but thankfully not burned) chocolate flavor from the cookie crumbs. And the best part? Those Milky Way Midnight bars on top with caramel and nougat that took on an amazing chewy-crunchy texture during the last 30 minutes of baking.
I feel there is something borderline sinful about these bars; they are so incredibly excessive... not just chocolate cookies, but also a superfudgy brownie, and then chocolate chips and candy bars to boot! But once you get past the guilt, they are undeniably good.
Recipe: "Layered Chocolate and Caramel Fudge Chip Squares" from ChocolateChocolate by Lisa Yockelson.
- "The Faux-reo: Farmeeoh Cookies," November 9, 2010.
- "Rediscovering a Long Lost Friend: Midnight Brownies," May 6, 2009.