Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A Week of Pie Crusts #2: Gluten Free Seven Layer Bars with Chocolate Wafer Crust

These little bites of sin are truly one of my biggest dessert weaknesses. I love the combination of flavors, and being able to eat them comes so close to being normal I almost don't know what to do with myself. I also love these bar cookies because they are so rich that if you have to take a dessert to a holiday party you can make an 8x8 pan of them and cut them into little bite sized pieces and everyone will feel like they ate a sumptuous dessert in just a few bites. Really, three bites of one of these and you may die of sugar overload. But they are so worth it. So, here's the super easy instructions for making Gluten Free Seven Layer Bars:

Gluten Free Seven Layer Bars
1 package of Glutino Chocolate Wafer Cookies (you can either use the vanilla wafer or chocolate wafer version.)
1/2 stick of melted butter
1/2 package butterscotch chips
1/2 package semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 can sweetened condensed milk
(you can easily crush two boxes of cookies and double this recipe to make a 9x13 pan full of treats. Then you can use a whole can of milk, a whole bag of chocolate chips, etc.)

Crush the wafer cookies in a large ziploc bag with a rolling pin. You can also use a glass or small bowl filled with change to smash them a little finer if you want to. (Tip courtesy of Alton Brown.)

Layer the wafer crumbs into an 8x8 pan and drizzle the melted butter over the top.
Top with a layer of butterscotch chips.
Add a layer of chocolate chips.
Chop your walnuts with either a knife or one of these nifty gadgets. Mine is from Norpro. I really love it.
Add the walnuts on top of the chips.
Add a layer of coconut. I always feel you can add the coconut to taste. I really love coconut so I add a lot.
Drizzle 1/2 can of sweetened condensed milk over the coconut.Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees until golden on top and nice and bubbly. If you can't handle it and need to eat one right out of the oven, you'll have to use a fork to eat it. But if you let them cool completely you can cut them into neat little squares and they taste just like mini candy bars. Mmmm. Sinful.

Happy eating!

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