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Magical Piggy Bars Recipe

Difficulty: Easy | Total Time: about an hour | Active Time: | Makes: lots of piggy bars--depends how you slice them.

Here’s what can happen in the kitchen when you have time on your hands. In February 2009, Soop started a cool thread, “Shall we make a recipe?” which started off nicely enough as a collaborative cookie-making effort, then sadly, kinda lost steam:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/595264

I actually think there were additional posts removed because, at one point, we had discussed adding bacon to the cookie. HillJ got me thinking about bar cookies and sweetened condensed milk and lynnlato was on board with the bacon idea, so I got inspired and ran with it. If you’re a sweet-n-salty lover, these are not as outrageous as you might think upon first reading about them. In any case, I had fun with this experiment, inspired by CH, and hope I won’t be the only one enjoying these bars. I think for conversational value alone, they’d be lots of fun to bring to a party. They’re sweet, salty, yummy and piggy all rolled into one! Try ’em and see what you think.

INGREDIENTS
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • 1 ½ cups crushed Town House Bistro Cornbread Crackers (½ box)
  • 3 slices bacon, cooked, patted dry and crumbled into small bits
  • 1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chunks
  • ½ cup toasted chopped pecans
  • ½ cup toasted chopped walnuts
  • ½ cup dried tart Michigan cherries
  • Chinese Cassia cinnamon
  • Ancho chili powder
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Toast nuts in oven.
  3. Cook bacon; pat bacon dry and set aside.
  4. Combine cornbread cracker crumbs with melted butter. Press into bottom of 13×9-inch pan with a fork. Layer evenly with nuts, cherries, bacon then chocolate chunks. Lightly sprinkle cinnamon and ancho chili powder over the top.
  5. Whisk together sweetened condensed milk and vanilla in a small bowl; drizzle evenly over the pan.
  6. Bake 25 minutes or until golden. Let cool for one hour; cut into bars.

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