Chocolate Revel Bars Recipe
You know what I love about chocolate? The fact that it is chocolate!
What would you say about me if I said I wanted to lay down my life for these Chocolate Revel Bars?
Would that be a bit much, or would you completely understand?
I think chocolate is the cure to all things in life. I seriously do. It is beyond me how someone could possibly not like chocolate. I mean, you should see my face as I am typing this post. I am wearing the face of disbelief that someone could not like chocolate. In fact, I don’t think it should be an option to not like chocolate. Loving chocolate should be encoded in everyone’s DNA. It should be a desired flavor on everyone’s taste palate. I know that is my opinion but if you really think about it, you know like I know, it should be a fact. There are certain things in life in all genres that defies understanding. I mean, there are things in life that you would swear was sent down from the heavens. For some people its Beyonce; for some its French Fries (that’s me); for some people its the beatiful destination spot Bora Bora (me too); and then there is chocolate! Thank goodness for chocolate too otherwise I wouldn’t have the main ingredient to make these revel bars. Chocolate Revel bars that is!
Around this time of year, I become obsessed with baking and holiday baking magazines. I almost considered doing a “25 Days of Christmas” theme on my blog where I was going to share 25 classic Christmas goodies. Then I thought about the fact that my husband and I are moving in two weeks, how much money that is going to be, and where the hell all of those goodies would go so I psyched myself out of it. And to be honest, I think I would get tired of writing after that and I don’t have 25 unique stories to share with you guys. Perhaps if I did 25 Days of Chocolate I could do that (hmm that’s a vibe right there). Maybe I will do it next year and just make the holiday goods throughout the year. Hmmm…..I think I will try to do that. Anyways, back to Christmas baking. I love it! It makes me extremely happy and childlike. I love making goodies and giving them out as gifts. I know some people may think that is cheap, but I actually think it is awesome and a very thoughtful way to give gifts.
I just thought about something, I should start making holiday gift baskets full of baked goods! Oh my goodness. I will make these Chocolate Revel Bars, my Cranberry and Orange Quick Bread, Cashew Clusters, Chocolate Clusters, and Pecan Shortbread Cookies. That is such a good idea! I think anyone who were to get a batch of these Chocolate Revel Bars would be very happy. See I love talking to you guys because you always help me think through things and I always come up with some awesome ideas! Feel free to adopt this same idea. Hey, maybe we can do an online Christmas Cookie Goodie exchange or something. What do you guys think? You can send me some of your classic Christmas goodies and I can share them! Hmm, well let me know what you think of that idea. In the meantime, Merry Christmas and have some Chocolate Revel Bars in the process.
Recipe adapted from “100 Best Cookies” magazine
- 1 c. unsalted butter, softened
- 2 c. lite brown sugar, packed
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 ½ c. flour
- 3 c. quick-cooking rolled oats
- 1 ½ c. semisweet chocolate pieces
- 1-14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
- ½ c. walnuts, chopped or pecans
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 Degrees. Spray a 9X13 casserole baking dish and set aside.
- Set aside 2 tablespoons of the butter. In a large bowl, beat the remaining butter with a mixer on medium for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar and baking soda. Beat until combine, scraping bowl as needed. Beat in the eggs and 2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Beat in the flour and stir in the oats.
- To make the filling, melt the reserved 2 tablespoons of butter, add the chocolate chips, and sweetened condensed milk over low heat and stir until chocolate is melted. Remove from heat and stir in the nuts and 2 teaspoons of vanilla.
- Press two-thirds (3⅓ cups) of oat mixture onto the bottom of the 9X13 baking dish. Spread the filling over the oat mixture. Dot with the remaining oat mixture. Bake 25-30 minutes or until the top is light brown (filling will still look moist). Cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars.