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Saturday, August 10, 2013

FUDGY COOKIE BARS and CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

The Fudgy Cookie Bars were heavenly, rich and chocolatey, especially in small pieces with a cup of tea. I love bar cookies, because they are quick and easy to make, and although my children aren't fans of nuts in sweets, I thought the walnuts were a delightful and delicious addition. 
However, the chocolate chip cookies were a HUGE hit with the kids - they absolutely loved them, and I loved that they were so easy to make. These are definitely sweet recipes I will keep and use over again.

FUDGY COOKIE BARS


1 3/4 cups flour
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1 cup of butter, softened
1 (14 ounce) can of condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (12 ounce) package chocolate morsels
1 cup chopped walnuts

Combine first 3 ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add butter and mix until it just comes together.
Bake at 350F for 15 minutes. Remove pan and place on a wire rack.
Stir together condensed milk, vanilla and 1 cup of chocolate morsels in a small saucepan over medium heat stirring occasionally, 5 minutes or until smooth.
Pour mixture evenly over prepared crust, spreading to edges of the pan. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts and remaining chocolate morsels.
Bake at 350F for 20 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack 1 hour or until completely cool. Cut into bars.
Enjoy!

CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES


1/2 cup butter, softened
1 2/3 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups self-rising flour
1 (12 ounce) package semisweet chocolate morsels

Heat oven to 350F.
Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy, gradually add sugar, beating well. Add eggs and vanilla, beat well. Add flour, beat at a low speed until well blended. Stir in chocolate morsels.
Drop cookie dough by heaping tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto lightly greased baking sheets.
Bake at 350F for 11 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned.
Cool on baking sheets on a wire rack 5 minutes, transfer to wire racks, and cool completely.
Enjoy!

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