Fudgy Layer Squares

It seems that lately I’ve been inundating you lovely readers with an abundance of no-bake recipes. My only reasoning is that it has been yet another long, hot summer, and baking has not been high on my list of desired activities. I will get the oven turned on again soon, though. Fall may actually be on its way. In the meantime, here’s another no-baker.

I was flipping through Betty Crocker’s Cookie Book in an effort to find something quick to make for dessert when I happened upon this recipe. It did prove to be extremely easy. So much so, that I made it simultaneously with our dinner.

The bottom layer of this dessert is extremely good. In fact, I’m thinking that I may use it for something else in the future. A chocolate-nut crust would be a good foundation for many a good thing, but I’m thinking cheesecake.

Strangely enough, Quinn and I both had the thought that they taste like Christmas. Now, what that means exactly, I’m not sure. I’m just throwing that out there.

I would like to make them again with a bit less sugar or with something to tame the sugar a bit. Mixing some cream cheese into the filling would definitely be an idea worth trying. If you make them as written, cut them into very small bars. A little of these goes a long way.

Fudgy Layer Squares

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 16 2-inch squares

Fudgy Layer Squares


    For the crust:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 & 1/2 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate
  • 1 & 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (I used hazelnuts)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • For the filling:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 & 1/2 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate


To make the crust:

Line a 9″ x 9″ x 2″ pan with aluminum foil.

Melt butter and chocolate in a medium saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.

Stir in crumbs, nuts, sugar, water, and vanilla.

Press mixture into bottom of pan. Refrigerate.

To make the filling:

Mix confectioners' sugar, butter, milk, and vanilla until well-blended. Spread over crust. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.

Melt chocolate and drizzle over filling. Refrigerate for about 2 hours.

Remove from pan, using foil to lift. Cut into squares.

Store covered in the refrigerator.


Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker's Cookie Book.


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  1. Davak October 21, 2007 Reply

    Like family… a little goes a long way.

  2. Gigi October 21, 2007 Reply

    I with you, when it’s hot, I just don’t feel like baking. On the plus your bars look yummy and thanks for the tip on cutting them small.

  3. Abby October 21, 2007 Reply

    I completely agree about the Christmas thing, or rather I understand what you mean. Uber-sugary desserts are allowable, almost expected, at Christmas but not any other time of the year!

  4. Aamena October 24, 2007 Reply

    this looks really good!

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