Double Delicious Cookie Bars, Revisited

I shared one of my most well-received recipes a while back. It is so, so simple. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. It’s just that when you slave over something that is pretty involved, it’s a tiny bit disheartening when something you threw together in 10 minutes gets a better response. Overall, though, having a delicious dessert that’s also quick and easy isn’t such a bad thing.

Traditionally, I make these with chocolate chips and peanut butter chips. Because Quinn was my reason for baking these, I let him have his say this time, and he wanted chocolate chips, caramel chips, and hazelnuts (about 3/4 cup). For an extra variation, I also used chocolate graham cracker crumbs.

Double Delicious Cookie Bars are a sweet, simple combination of chocolate, caramel, nuts, and a gooey filling. Always a crowd-pleaser! - Bake or Break

Looking at BoB, you may think that I bake all the time. I do bake frequently, and I love doing it. But, there are days when I’m just not up for it. That’s when recipes like these can be your best friend. While these are certainly not a culinary masterpiece, they are definitely good. And, what a great return on your time and effort!

Double Delicious Cookie Bars II

Double Delicious Cookie Bars II

Ingredients

  • 1 & 1/2 cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup caramel bits
  • 3/4 cup chopped hazelnuts

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°.

Combine crumbs and butter. Press into bottom of a 9″ x 13″ pan. Pour condensed milk over the crust. Sprinkle chocolate chips, caramel bits, and hazelnuts on top of milk. Bake for about 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cut into bars and enjoy.

http://www.bakeorbreak.com/2008/01/double-delicious-cookie-bars-revisited/

43 Comments

  1. Midge January 23, 2008 Reply

    I really enjoy your site, the photos and recipes are incredible…thanks for sharing!!
    Just wondering the caramel chips you are talking about; are these the Kraft caramel bits?

  2. amanda January 23, 2008 Reply

    they look utterly delicious! great addition with the hazelnuts. they work so well in these bars by giving a great crunch.

  3. Evelin January 23, 2008 Reply

    Not a culinary masterpiece? Oh, come on, they look like my edible fantasy:)

  4. jennifer January 24, 2008 Reply

    Midge, thanks so much! I did use the Kraft caramel bits, chips, or whatever they’re calling them. They worked really well.

    Thanks, Amanda! I love hazelnuts. They really add something to these bars.

    LOL, Evelin! Some times the simplest things are the best.

  5. Patricia Scarpin January 24, 2008 Reply

    These are scrumptious, Jen!
    Your recipes are always winners!

  6. Leslie January 24, 2008 Reply

    We call these Hello Dollies at our house, and my kids are crazy for them. I’ve never even thought to vary the ingredients, though, so I’ll have to give it a try!

  7. Dianne January 24, 2008 Reply

    Oh wow! Those look amazing. I think I gained five pounds just from the photo! ;)

  8. rachel January 24, 2008 Reply

    I like the chocolate graham cracker idea.

  9. Ashley January 24, 2008 Reply

    Yum! In a way I wish they were really complicated to make so I’d be less tempted to make them and eat them all.

  10. jennifer January 24, 2008 Reply

    Thanks, Patricia!

    Leslie, I think these have lots of different names. Varying the ingredients is a good way to clean out your pantry, too!

    Dianne, I know what you mean. I cut most of them into very small pieces so I didn’t feel quite so guilty.

    Rachel, I think the graham crackers really changed these from the original.

    Ashley, you definitely have a point. They may be *too* easy to make!

  11. Tarah January 24, 2008 Reply

    Your recipes are always wonderful. And I really like this one; Love the whole chocolate graham cracker idea :]

  12. megan January 24, 2008 Reply

    Love the variations you can do with this bar.
    Love the caramel and chocolate graham cracker idea, too.

  13. jennifer January 24, 2008 Reply

    Thanks, Tarah & Megan! Those chocolate graham crackers are great for the crust.

  14. kate January 24, 2008 Reply

    I just got an email update to these and this picture opened up and my jaw dropped !! wow !! really stunningly divine looking cookies. Gotta make me some of those.

  15. JEP January 24, 2008 Reply

    Every time I log onto your blog & see your latest photo & recipe, I just can’t help but feel that one is the best…then comes your next post & recipe & I think that one tops the previous one:) You are truly amazing—thanks for sharing your expertise with all of us!

  16. Lori January 24, 2008 Reply

    Wow, looks like you can just take a bite of the computer screen. Great close up shot! Love the recipe too.

    Lori
    http://TheRecipeGirl.blogspot.com

  17. Jessica January 24, 2008 Reply

    What chance do I have of upstaging that, brownie amateur that I am?

  18. jennifer January 24, 2008 Reply

    Thanks, Kate! Those portrait pictures always seem huge on the site, but I love them.

    JEP, I don’t know that I have anything close to expertise, but thanks for the compliment!

    Thanks, Lori!

    Jessica, these are so simple. You should give them a shot!

  19. brilynn January 24, 2008 Reply

    That first pic is so decadent and wonderful!

  20. Tracy January 24, 2008 Reply

    Those look incredible! Your photo makes me weep with longing, as I’m still holding firm to my new year’s diet!

  21. Emiline January 25, 2008 Reply

    The first word that came to my mind was, heavenly.
    I love how beautiful the hazelnuts look.

  22. Kitt January 25, 2008 Reply

    Wow, those look deadly. But in a good way!

    Thanks for the comment on my Flickr photo of gooey buns. I haven’t found the artisan bread book yet myself; I’ve just used the two recipes Jaden posted on SteamyKitchen.com (with the authors’ OK). So if you want to try the challah or caramel rolls, or mess around with the master dough otherwise, you can!

  23. jennifer January 25, 2008 Reply

    Thanks, Brilynn!

    Tracy, you have my admiration. I stopped the pretense of the new year’s diet ages ago. ;-)

    Emiline, thanks!

    Kitt, that’s a great description! Right after I lamented to you that I couldn’t find that book, Quinn let me know that he found it and ordered it. It just got here yesterday! Very excited.

  24. Indigo January 26, 2008 Reply

    Is it really strange that I’m getting the urge to print off these photos in poster-size and stick them on my wall? They look SO GOOD ^__^

  25. Indigo January 26, 2008 Reply

    PS: Hope you don’t mind – I’ve added you to my blog roll =]

  26. jennifer January 26, 2008 Reply

    Thanks, Indigo!

  27. Hendria January 27, 2008 Reply

    I am going to make these….I am wondering where you get chocolate graham crackers?? I have looked here in Canada and only find the oreo crumbs?? Is this what you are talking about??

  28. jennifer January 27, 2008 Reply

    Hendria, chocolate graham crackers are usually right next to the other graham crackers. I know that Nabisco makes them, and my local grocery store has a store brand as well. I’m sure Oreo crumbs or chocolate wafer crumbs would be more than fine.

  29. Hendria January 28, 2008 Reply

    thanks…Jennifer I will look some more here….but the two stores I looked at did not have it…
    :)

  30. Jessica February 3, 2008 Reply

    I couldn’t find chocolate graham crumbs here in China, but we do have Oreos. So I mashed up the peanut butter/chocolate filled oreos for the crust. Fortunately, we can get sweetened condensed milk at most every supermarket here. Then I did the cup (or more) of chocolate chips (or actually, a dark chocolate Dove bar…cheaper than the imported chocolate chips), peanuts and coconut for the topping.

    All that to say, I guess I mostly used your recipe as inspiration. But I think you could substitute a whole lot of things in this kind of recipe and come out with a winner.

    They were divine. Especially before they’d totally cooled and hardened. And our guests, both foreign and Chinese, really liked them.

  31. jennifer February 3, 2008 Reply

    Jessica, your version sounds delicious! You’re absolutely right – these can be made with just about any combination of things. I’m glad you enjoyed them!

  32. Tartelette February 7, 2008 Reply

    *thud*…that’s my head banging on the screen….I neeeeed one now!!

  33. pea & pear June 11, 2008 Reply

    I was just strolling through your blog and found these!!!!! me want, me want!! They bring out the 5 year old in me . I can not wait to make them.. thanks for such a quick fix :)
    Ali

  34. jennifer June 11, 2008 Reply

    Thanks, Ali! I so like these bars. So, so simple yet incredibly good.

  35. Yana July 5, 2010 Reply

    Hello! Love your blog! I’d like to prepare these bars but the link to recipe isn’t work anymore :( Can you share the recipe?

  36. P.J. April 27, 2012 Reply

    I guess Im some what LOST, :( I search around for the ingredients & instructions. Than went to the recipe index. Could any one put me into the direction of the recipe? I would really like to try this recipe. Thanks all

  37. Sally July 12, 2012 Reply

    I have a very similar recipe – it’s with Semi-sweet chocolate chips and Butterscotch chips- and no butter. You just mix the eaglebrand, both type chips and graham cracker crumbs in a bowl – then spread into a greased square pan and bake. They are my favorite! Can also add walnuts or hazelnuts on top before baking. I have also substituted Oreo crumbs for graham cracker crumbs – and it’s yummy too. Easiest recipe ever.

  38. Jennifer Kelly August 9, 2012 Reply

    Coconut flkes on the top too? Hmmmm…

  39. Sajy October 9, 2012 Reply

    Hi, just stumbled upon your blog, these look delish!! I wanna try them but we don’t get peanut butter chips here and I’ve never used them before.. Can I substitute with peanut butter do you think?

  40. jennifer October 9, 2012 Reply

    Hi, Sajy. You can try a thin layer of peanut butter on the crust before adding the condensed milk. I’ve never tried that, so I can’t say that it will work well. You could also make small dollops of peanut butter on parchment paper and freeze them, essentially making your own peanut butter chips to sprinkle on top of the bars. Again, I’ve not tried that, but it’s a possibility.

  41. Carla Allen December 12, 2012 Reply

    Made these last week – big hit! Shared today on my blog! Thanks!

    Double Delicious Cookie Bars II

    http://tisablessingtobe.blogspot.com/2012/12/simple-cookie-bars.html

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