July 22, 2010 by Dana
Sometimes a dessert just seems so delicious that you have to try it. There’s just something about it; the colors are bright, the texture looks just right, the smell is sugary sweet. You just know that one bite will take you to pasty nirvana. It doesn’t have to be extravagant or anything, it just seems right.
You know what I’m talking about. You pass by the bakery, and in the window is a chewy, gooey, perfect looking chocolate chip cookie. It makes you mouth water just thinking about taking one bite. So you decide to treat yourself. You walk into the bakery and the smell overwhelms you. It’s that classic baking smell – the perfect mixture of chocolate and sugar and cookie baking goodness. So you order one, just one, of those delicious cookies. You pay and impatiently wait for the cashier to give you your change and hand over the cookie. And as you walk out the door you take one bite and…
Nothing. It’s dry. Or too crunchy. Or too mushy. Or not chocolate chip-y enough. Or too chocolate chip-y. It’s just not right. Just plain disappointing.
The moral of this story, kids? Looks can be deceiving.
Enter these Chocolate Chip Graham Cracker Chewy bars. I’ll admit they don’t look like much. They are seemingly average chocolate chip bars. You look at them and you don’t have high expectations. They look decent, not bad, but nothing special.
But I assure you, they are special. They are so delicious. So chewy. With just the right amount of graham cracker. And chocolate chips. Try them. Just one bite. I promise, you won’t be disappointed.
3 cups cinnamon graham cracker crumbs
1 ½ sticks butter at room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups brown sugar
4 extra large eggs
2/3 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 tablespoon vanilla
¾ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking powder
12 oz semisweet chocolate chips
I found the original recipe for these Graham Cracker Chewy Bars on Finding Thyme to Cook, but I did make one major substitution – chocolate chips. Actually, I must give credit where credit is due: Jake was the mastermind behind the change. He requested that I use chocolate chips instead of pecans. And operating under the philosophy that everything is better with chocolate (really, can you disagree?), I made the change.
1. Heat oven to 350°. Grease a 13×9 baking dish.
2. For the crust: With a standing mixer or electric hand mixer, beat the graham cracker crumbs, butter, sugar, and flour until moist and well blended. Press the mixture firmly and evenly into the baking dish. Bake about 10-15 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
3. For the topping: While the crust is baking, in a separate large bowl whisk together brown sugar and eggs until blended. Whisk in graham cracker crumbs, vanilla, salt and baking powder until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips.
4. Spread the topping mixture over the baked crust and return to oven and bake until the filling is light golden on top and jiggles slightly when tapped – about 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer pan to cooling rack and cool completely. Cut into 24 bars. Store bars at room temperature in airtight container.
There really is not much else to say about these than yum! Everyone that tried these chewy and delicious bars gave nothing but rave reviews. They are not that hard to make and the results are SO good! Don’t judge a book by its cover…. Try them!