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Picnic Bars Recipe

Picnic Bars Recipe

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. YIELD:36 servings


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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 173 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 44mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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annsews User ID: 7291598 270335
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2017

"not a carefully written recipe, 1st problem, the size of the pan is much too big! there is no way 1/2 of the mixture would cover the base of a 13 x9" pan. 2nd, once the 2 eggs are added the mixture becomes gooey therefore you can no longer sprinkle the topping, you have to practically spoon it over & spread w/a knife. I used a 9x9" pan & it gave me a 1" layer square which is reasonable for height of any squares. No way this would give you 36 squares. Pan size is definitely too big. & wording of recipe is important. (to sprinkle, one must have a dry texture, like nuts, or oat mixture.) Can't sprinkle anything that is gooey."

burnsvillecook User ID: 8444740 229292
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!"

luigimon User ID: 1692040 227909
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2015

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

acooley1 User ID: 62623 28133
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! :)"

knollbrookcook User ID: 4057123 23341
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."

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 202683
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"

eli05 User ID: 3750978 23682
Reviewed May. 18, 2012

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

a1engraver User ID: 1588738 47290
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."

mcnheff User ID: 4315916 51086
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2009

"If I can't use walnuts, what would be a good substitute? almonds? peanuts?"

sumrtyme User ID: 2956183 81719
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2009

"I made this over the weekend and had to make them again for the girls at work! They were gone in a minute and all had to have the recipe."

[email protected] User ID: 1931273 23681
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2009

"A friend brought these to church while making easter hats. They really good. Had to get on here and find the recipe!"

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