Published Thursday, 21 February, 2013 by Cookingformorons
Pictorial guide available at my blog: http://cookingformorons.Tumblr.Com/post/34181696153/how-to-make-delicious-gooey-bars-of-delight
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step one: drop that stick of butter in that pan.
step two: preheat your oven to 350 degrees and stick that pan in the oven while its heating up.
step three: check back every couple minutes (make those checks closer together as the oven gets hotter) to see if the butters melted. As soon as its melted, take it out.
step four: sprinkle 1 1/2 cups of graham crumbs over that there butter. If you buy one of those little boxes of crumbs, you dont even have to measure. That box is about a cup and a half, youre good.
step five: sprinkle an evenly-distributed layer of them chocolate chips over your crust. Youll have some big gaps at this stage. Whatevs, its all good. Important: do not poke the chips around. Let em fall where they fall. If you poke the chips around, you risk dislodging your beautiful crust, which will lead to chocolate chips on the bottom of the pan. They will burn there, and burnt chocolate is an absolute travesty.
step six: toss down a layer of butterscotch chips. Youll still see some graham through a few gaps at this point, but its pretty much covered.
step seven: moar chocolate chips. Throw down the other bag.
step eight: if youre disgusting like me this is where you throw another layer of butterscotch chips down. If you do, dont use the whole package. Use half of it at most or your bars wont stick together. Everybody else: grab that can of condensed milk and do some fancy drizzlin work over top of everything. Condensed milk is very forgiving. It pours pretty slowly. I like to make drizzly patterns going first one way and then the other, and then some loopy curls for coverage, and then i start trying to draw things. By that point im probably out of condensed milk.
step nine: pop that nonsense in the oven. It should be done preheating by now. If not, wait and whine at it til it is. Cook for 20-30 minutes. 25 is usually perfect, but check after 20 just in case. If the condensed milk is brown around the outer edges, youre good. Ideally the condensed milk in the middle should also be a little brown, but sometimes your oven is terrible and cooks the outside faster than the inside, and id rather have a bit slightly less melted together than have burnt chocolate.
step ten: take that noise out. Let it cool for a good while before you cut it. If you cut it when its too warm they melt back together. I suggest cutting it all at once, or assholes in your house will take disproportionately sized pieces. Can be eaten by hand or with a fork, depending on how well your particular batch clung together/how long you waited before trying to eat your cookie bars. As i use way more chips than necessary, i usually have to use a fork. Do not eat when its hot. You will absolutely burn the life out of your mouth and be sad forever.