Super Chocolate Snack Bars

posted by Pat T 01-26-100 9:22 AM

Super Chocolate Snack Bars

60 vanilla wafers, crushed (or enough to make 2 cups crumbs)
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup cocoa, divided
1 cup (2 sticks) cold butter or margarine, divided
1 cup miniature marshmallows
1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk (NOT evaporated milk)
1 cup shelled nuts, coarsely chopped (your favorite)
1 cup thin pretzels, or pretzel sticks, broken into 1/2-inch pieces

Heat oven to 350 F. Grease bottom and sides of a 13- x 9- x 2-inch baking pan.

In a bowl, combine the wafer crumbs, sugar, and half of the cocoa. With a pastry blender or two table knives, cut 3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter or margarine into mixture until it is crumbly. Press the mixture evenly on bottom and 1/2-inch up sides of prepared pan. Sprinkle marshmallows and coconut on top.

Combine sweetened condensed milk with remaining cocoa and butter in a microwaveable bowl. Microwave on HIGH (100% power) for 60 to 90 seconds or until mixture is smooth when stirred. Pour this mixture evenly over coconut and marshmallows. Sprinkle nuts and pretzel pieces on top. Press firmly.

Bake 25 to 30 minutes at 350 F. or until just bubbly on top. Cool completely; cut into bars. Store leftovers tightly covered at room temperature. Makes about 36 bars.

Nutrition info: (per serving) 200 calories, 11g fat (6g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 120mg sodium, 21g carbohydrates, 4g protein.

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