Sunday, January 26, 2014

HOWDY POLLY Pan-o-Bars!!!!

I should love "Hello Dolly" pan-o-bars, but I don't.  Do you know why?  I cannot stand graham cracker crust.  So, a few years ago I decided to kick these classics up a notch, with pretzel crust.  Oh my. 

1 1/2 cups crushed pretzels
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 stick butter, melted
1 cup chopped raw pecans
1 1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup shredded coconut
14 ounces sweetened condensed milk (I use Trader Joe's)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Crush the pretzels.  Either the old fashioned way: in an unsealed plastic bag, 
crush with a rolling pin OR use a food processor.

Yields 1 1/2 cups crushed pretzels. The crush will be much finer when
using a food processor, but either way is just fine.

Mix the crushed pretzels with 1 stick of melted butter and 
1/2 tsp sea salt.

Press the pretzel/butter mixture into a lightly greased (I use coconut oil), 
parchment lined 9x13 pan.

 Chop the raw pecans.

 Over the pressed pretzel crust, evenly sprinkle the chopped pecans,
coconut and chocolate chips.  Press firmly, again.

Evenly cover all the goodies with sweetened condensed milk.

Bake at 350 degrees for 23-27 minutes.

Remove from heat and slide a knife along the edges of the pan that were not 
parchment covered.  Then place bars (still in pan) on a cooling rack for an
 hour (or pop in the refrigerator, to speed the cooling process up). Then gently wiggle 
the bars out of the pan, using the parchment paper as handles, and place on a 
cutting board.  Use a pizza wheel to make desired sized cuts.

Store in an air tight container, either at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

You are about the be the hero of your next potluck!!

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