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Better Than Crack Bars

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  • Author: Browned Butter Blondie
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 35 mins
  • Total Time: 55 mins
  • Yield: 24 1x
  • Category: Dessert


A heavenly mash up of fudgy brownie meets chewy cookie with a dash of chopped pecans and coconut flakes. These better than crack bars are a cinch to make and a real crowd pleaser.


  • 14 ounces good quality semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 15 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup plus 2 TBSP unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 1/2 cups light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/4 cup confectioners sugar for dusting


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a 9 x 13 pan with non-stick cooking spray and line with parchment paper.
  3. Over a double broiler, melt together 2 TBSP butter, chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk.
  4. Set aside to cool slightly.
  5. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan over medium heat melt 1 cup of butter.
  6. Once melted, add brown sugar and stir until fully dissolved.
  7. Remove from heat.
  8. Add flour, salt, vanilla, eggs, nuts and coconut to brown sugar butter mixture.
  9. Combine well.
  10. Spread half of the flour mixture into the bottom of the 9 x 13 pan.
  11. Spoon melted chocolate over the dough, leaving some bits of dough uncovered.
  12. Scoop remaining spoonfuls of dough on top of chocolate mixture, leaving some bits of chocolate uncovered.
  13. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown on top and set in the center.
  14. Cool for an hour before removing bars from pan.
  15. Slice into squares.
  16. Dust with confectioners sugar if desired.