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Picnic Bars Recipe
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Picnic Bars Recipe

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You'll score points with a crowd when you stir together these delicious fudge-like treats. They're very moist and rich. The chocolate chips and walnuts make a pretty topping. —Frank Bee, Eugene, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 173 calories, 9 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 22 mg cholesterol, 44 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar and cocoa; cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in eggs. Set aside 1-1/2 cups for topping.
  2. Press remaining crumb mixture into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 6-8 minutes or until set.
  3. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, combine milk and 1 cup of chocolate chips; cook and stir over low heat until melted. Carefully spread over crust. Combine reserved crumb mixture with nuts and remaining chips. Sprinkle over chocolate layer.
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until top is set (chips will not look melted). Cool before cutting. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Picnic Bars in Quick Cooking May/June 1998, p43

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 173 calories, 9 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 22 mg cholesterol, 44 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.

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Reviewed Jul. 10, 2015

"This recipe was a complete disaster. I followed the instructions perfectly. Once you add the eggs to the flour mixture it becomes a gooey mess and is almost impossible to work with. Then when I mixed the chocolate chips, walnuts, and remaining 1 1/2 cups of the mixture, it just all stuck together in a ball. No way to "sprinkle" that. What's wrong? The eggs seem to ruin everything. Help!"

Reviewed Jun. 14, 2015

"These are ooey-gooey and so sweet, they make your cheeks tingle!!! Yummy!!!!!!!!!"

Reviewed Jul. 28, 2014

"Really good- we took these to a family reunion and they were gone in no time! I will definitely make again, but probably will increase the amount of cocoa, just because I like things extra chocolatey! :)"

Reviewed Jul. 3, 2014

"Oohy goohy delicious and totally bad for you!!!!. Easy to tote anywhere. I omitted the walnuts and put white chocolate chips on. Wonderful treat."

Reviewed Sep. 1, 2013

"Thank you for this recipe, Frank Bee! I beat the eggs. I also greased and floured baking pan! If I recall correctly, I believe I'd used a 12x8" baking pan instead of

a 13x9x2" baking pan! At any rate, i was pleased with this recipe and certainly will keep it in mind to prepare again! As I recall, I chilled the bars to firm them up!
I kept them chilled for at least 15 to 20 minutes before I cut them! Dawn E. Lowenstein"

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