Monday, January 18, 2010
German Chocolate Bars
My son-in-law's favorite cake is German chocolate. He was in Idaho a week before his birthday, so his mom made him a German chocolate cake for an early celebration:) I was in HAWAII during his birthday, so yesterday made him German chocolate bars as a belated birthday treat.(Last year I made him the cake from scratch.) They didn't disappoint! I had all of the ingredients on hand (except the cake mix), and it was a snap to throw together! These bars are moist and chewy and do taste like the cake version! Yum! They were dangerously irresistible, so I sent most of them home with the birthday boy and stashed a few in the freezer:)
Paula Deen's German Chocolate Cake Bars
Makes one 9x13 pan
1 18-ounce box chocolate, Swiss chocolate, or devil's food cake mix(not the kind with pudding added!)
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 large egg
1 14-ounce can low-fat sweetened condensed milk(I used full fat, which is what I had on hand)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips(Again I used what I had on hand-semi-sweet)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 pan well with butter.
In a medium bowl, mix together the cake mix, butter and egg, and press into the bottom of the prepared pan. The crust should not come up the sides. bake for 7 minutes and remove from the oven. The crust will not look done.
While the crust is baking, in a medium bowl mix together the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, egg, pecans and coconut. Pour evenly over the warm crust, sprinkle evenly with the chocolate chips, and bake 24 to 30 minutes, until the top is a light golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool completely before cutting into squares.