Summer is upon us and with it comes weekends filled with BBQ’s, pool parties and potlucks. Truly, one of my favorite things about the summer is getting together with family and friends. Whether it’s people I see every week, or people I don’t see often enough, every get together is a celebration of sorts.
Of course the highlight of every event is talking, laughing, and hanging out with those you love, but secondary, and almost equally important, is the food. Food is what brings people together. To me, food IS love. I show my appreciation and love for those around me through food, and I know many others who do the same.
So the big question is, what dish do you bring to a potluck or pool party? Sometimes I go with a pasta salad, other times it’s a hot dish like baked beans. Most often than not though, I bring dessert. Baking is my passion, and I love experimenting with new recipes. I made these cookie bars recently and let me just say, my whole family couldn’t get enough of them! I think they will be on the potluck circuit this summer.
I’ve been eating a version of the traditional magic cookie bar for as long as I can remember. For this recipe I went with a sweet and salty combination, making a pretzel crust and adding crispy bacon on top. Yes, you heard that right, this dessert has bacon in it! What’s better than chocolate and bacon? To me, it’s the perfect combination.
These bars are really simple to make and can feed a crowd, making them the perfect dessert to take to your next summer shindig. I suggest making a double batch so you have a few for yourself, because I doubt you’ll be taking any leftovers home!
The Best Ever Loaded Magic Cookie Bars
Author: Sarah Bates | The Chef Next Door
Makes 24 bars
1 1/2 cups pretzel crumbs
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup dark chocolate chips
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
8 slices cooked bacon, roughly chopped
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place a large piece of tinfoil inside a 13 x 9 inch baking pan, along two ends to overhang, and spray the foil with non-stick cooking spray.
Add the pretzel crumbs and butter to a small bowl and mix well. Press the crumb mixture firmly into the bottom of the prepared pan. Pour the sweetened condensed milk evenly over crumb mixture, then layer evenly with the butterscotch and chocolate chips and coconut. Sprinkle the bacon pieces all over, then press the ingredients down firmly with a fork.
Bake for 30 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned. Cool completely on a wire cooling rack. Remove from the pan by lifting up on the edges of the foil. Cut into 24 individual bars.
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