So while working at a client's today, and listening to the background noise of the television in the kitchen, the TV chef that was on made these wonderful sounding
"bar desserts" with a chocolate cookie crust, coconut, and cranberry.
I have no idea who the TV Chef was, but she had an Australian drag queen accent, and made this dessert sound and look wonderful.
I came home tonight with the idea in my head, and knowing I had the ingredients at home that she used...except for the cookies, I decided to knock my version out...after a trip to the store looking for cookies.
She actually used some other type of cookie and added cocoa powder to it; I found plain chocolate wafers and thought they would work great. They did.
This little Christmas miracle is rich, chocolatey, great texture from the coconut and tart cranberries. The flavors are wonderful, and it is equally wonderfully-perfectly-sweet. Looks festive too, so that's a plus.
I have no idea what these are called... so I am calling them Christmas Good Bars. And here we go...
18 ounces chocolate wafers, crumbled
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup melted butter
2 cups shredded coconut
4 ounces dried cranberry
4 ounces course chopped semi-sweet chocolate
7 ounces sweetened condensed milk (1/2 a normal size can)
Preheat your over to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
1. In a food processor, along with the sugar, pulse the wafers until they reach crumb stage. Add the melted butter and pulse a few more times until moistened (gulp, this variation of “moist” gets me too).
2. Pour out the mixture into a sprayed baking dish. The shorter that pan, the thicker the crust (this should be on a T-Shirt). Smooth and pat down evenly. Bake approximately 15 minutes or until the crust is set.
3. Remove from the oven and let cool around 15 minutes. Sprinkle on the coconut, cranberry and chopped semi-sweet chocolate, in an even layer. Drizzle on the half of the sweetened condensed milk, and return to the oven for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven to cool.
4. Once cooled, drizzle on the remaining sweetened condensed milk, and cut in to squares. Great dessert, perfect amount of sweet to tart, and a wonderful treat. Enjoy!