Chocolate Raspberry Crumb Bars

Junie posted 12-17-98 6:22 AM

Chocolate Raspberry Crumb Bars

1 cup butter
2 cups flour
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 teas. salt
1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk (can use fat-free)
1 3/4 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup seedless raspberry jam (or more)
1/2 cup nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Beat butter in a large bowl until creamy. Beat in flour, brown sugar and salt until well mixed. It should be crumbly not like dough.

Press 1 3/4 cups crumb mixture into bottom of greased 13 x 9 pan; reserve remaining crumb mixture. Bake for 10-12 minutes until edges are golden brown.

Combine 1 cup chocolate chips and the milk in a small, heavy duty sauce pan. Melt over low heat stirring until smooth. Spread over hot crust.

Stir in nuts (if using) to crumb mixture; sprinkle over chocolate filling. Drop teaspoons of jam over crumb mixture. Sprinkle with remaining chocolate chips. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until center is set. Cool completely on a wire rack.

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