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 from Frank Bee of Eugene, Oregon. "They're very moist and rich," he notes. "The chocolate chips and walnuts make a pretty topping."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 36 servings

Ingredients

  • 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.

Directions

  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. 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! :)"

MY REVIEW
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."

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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 ofa 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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Reviewed May. 18, 2012

"Perfect just the way it is! Huge hit in my family."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 3, 2011

"I was very disappointed in these bars. I made them for our church picnic and they were hardly touched. The moist center had very little flavor. Taste of Home has never let me down until this recipe. Won't make this again."

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