If you’re anything like me, every time you hop on your favorite social media sites, you see lots of yummy food pics and recipes. I think I probably see more than the average bear because so many of my buds are food bloggers and foodies in general so I might be somewhat immune to all the food porn. So when something jumps up and grabs my attention, that’s really saying something.
And that’s exactly what happened the other day when these babies popped up in my news feed! My buddy, Kris, from Big Rigs ‘n Lil Cookies posted a photo and I was immediately intrigued. And then when I saw the recipe I was even more interested because I’d never seen anything like it.
At first I thought they were called ‘Man Bars’ because men must like them but now that I’ve made them I think they’re called that because they’re so easy, even a man can make them. HAHA!! Stop. Don’t send me hate mail. I’m kidding. Mostly.
When you make these, try to find good quality, traditional graham crackers (not cinnamon or chocolate flavored) because one of the things I liked most about these was the flavor from the graham crackers. I used walnuts because Husband is so over me putting pecans in everything but I think either would be delicious!
Reasons why these are my favorite right now:
- They’re crazy easy (so easy, a man can make them… taheeeeee)
- They travel well
- They’re not overly sweet (no, seriously, they’re not)
- Everyone I served these to LOVED them
- They’re just so different!
Hey, I just thought of another reason they might be called man bars! Maybe they're so good, if you have them you won't need a man! Oye. I seriously need to stop. My inbox will runneth over.
Recipe adapted from Big Rigs ‘n Lil Cookies
1 14-oz box graham crackers (3 sleeves), crushed into crumbs
1 12-oz bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans
2 14-oz cans sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
2-3 cups powdered sugar
Combine graham cracker crumbs (about 4 cups total), chocolate chips, nuts, condensed milk, vanilla and salt in a large bowl and mix until well combined to make a batter.
Line a 3-quart 13x9 baking pan (or 2 8x8 square pans) with parchment paper (or aluminum foil greased well) then spread batter into pan(s). Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until set.
Cool completely in pan, remove then cut into squares. Add powdered sugar to a medium bowl then add squares to sugar and toss to coat. Store in an air-tight container.
Makes 48 squares.
This recipe was featured at the Weekend Potluck!