Monday, February 4, 2013

Sweet & Salty Layer Bars

I think my love for playing with chocolate surpasses my sprinkle addition {hard to believe, I know, but true}.  There is an endless amount of food that is easily enhanced by being submerged in a generous amount of chocolate.  Sure strawberries, pineapple, pretzels, marshmallows, graham crackers, rice krispie treats..they're all delicious snacks on their own, but has anyone in their right mind EVER argued that they weren't better dipped in chocolate? I think not!

So, happy belated Super Bowl everyone :) in my weekend mix of making layer bars, Oreo cookies, and rice krispie treats, I just couldn't resist playing with a little chocolate for some cute game day treats!
Now growing up my mom was always into the box of brownie mix and break-and-bake cookies {can't knock the box, still tastes good}. But she has this one special go-to "layer" type bar that is always a party hit.  Graham crackers. Caramel type mixture. Chocolate chips. Walnuts. Delicious and easy.

It's similar in concept to the popular 7 layer bars or "Magic Bars", so I had an idea to make my own combination of layers, to make this sort of sweet & salty, butter-filled heaven bar.
Sweet & Salty Layer Bars
2 cups graham crackers, crushed
1/2 cup butter, melted

1 cup butter
2/3 cup brown sugar
Pretzels, crushed
Chocolate chips
White chocolate chips
Coconut, toasted
Pinch of sea salt

 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease a 9x13in baking pan.
Combine graham crackers and melted butter together and press into the bottom of the pan to create the crust.
In a sauce pan over medium heat, combine butter and brown sugar.  Stir constantly to avoid burning, until a thick caramel type mixture develops.
Remove from heat and pour over the graham cracker crust, spreading evenly.
Begin to sprinkle on generous amounts of the layers, staring with pretzels, white chocolate chips, chocolate chips, toasted coconut and ending with a touch of sea salt.
Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes until the caramel on the edges start to bubble.  Remove from the oven and let cool.  Place in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to cool before cutting. 

Salty-Sweet melt in your mouth heaven. You can't go wrong with these. ENJOY! :)

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