Every now and then, you run across something unusual in a torn out recipe at the bottom of a drawer that seems so nutty it might actually work.
This recipe is one of those finds. Four ingredients, guys. Four. In other words, any novice or reluctant or lazy baker can tackle this one!
If you have a can of sweetened condensed milk, a box of graham cracker crumbs, some baking powder and chocolate chips, pay attention. This recipe might be for you! But only if you like those ingredients. Me? I happen to love them.
I’ve got four more days of work left and then it’s summer, baby. To celebrate this momentous annual occasion, I plan on doing what I call my “Shawshank Pose” (the official yoga name) as I exit the school building. It’s a very dramatic moment. I walk out the doors, fling my arms wide out (must be sure that nobody is standing there to get whacked in the face), take a deep breath in, and raise my head up to the sky. Of course, I always picture a camera panning around my body in true movie drama style. It’s a great moment.
Then I quietly get into my car and drive home.
The thing is, endings are not usually dramatic. In fact, they tend to happen with a whimper and not a bang, as my good friend T.S. Eliot would term it (except he is slightly more poetic than I). We look toward closure and expect big moments, and then? Crickets. When something ends, we are often alone to see it.
I guess that’s because most big moments in life aren’t accompanied by an amazing musical score and really great lighting. It’s too bad, but there you have it. Luckily, your dessert can be photographed in good (I hope) lighting and savored. And maybe you’ll even hear violins in the background as you’re eating?
These graham cracker bars should have their own little song. They’re one of those rare desserts you can whip up in two minutes flat and have, baked and ready, less than 30 minutes later to serve. They are that easy to make. Anyone can cook, you know. Ratatouille spoke truth.
The bars are dense and sweet, with plenty of chocolate chips to brighten their landscape. I brightened it even further by using more of my Nestle spring edition chocolate chips. Any excuse to get pink and yellow chips into a recipe and I’m there!
When you mix this up, it will be sticky and you’ll need a large bowl to ensure that graham cracker crumbs don’t go flying out at you every time you stir too enthusiastically. You can pat the whole thing into your pan with a spatula, and then you’re good to go!
Not all of life’s moments will be dramatic or worthy of a film soundtrack. That’s probably a good thing. But you can give yourself little moments as you need them, even if you’re the only one there. It’s worth it to savor a fantastic slice of life (or dessert) before it passes.
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk (I used fat free)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup chocolate chips (or any chips of your preference)
- Preheat the oven to 350. Line an 8-inch square pan with foil, leaving enough to hang over the sides. Coat generously with cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients and stir until incorporated.
- Using a spatula, press the mixture evenly into the prepared pan.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes until set. Cool and cut into squares.