Sunday, February 26, 2012

Vegan Magic Cookie Bars

If you haven't had Magic cookie bars, then what have you been doing with your life?? They are so delicious and addictive. We used to make them, prior to being vegan, and these are so similar it's incredible. Again, no picture but basically it is like a giant cookie in a pan.. you get the idea. This recipe is from the Post Punk Kitchen, but it is essentially the standard recipe for "magic cookie bars". I thought it pretty genius to cook down the coconut milk with brown sugar to make a similar product to sweetened condensed milk, which is what we used to make these with. I'm going to try this with other recipes. I'm sure it'll work great. Anyways, here it is:

Vegan Magic Cookie Bars
From: PPK

1 14oz can coconut milk
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 cups graham cracker crumbs*
2 tbsp organic sugar
1/2 cup melted Earth Balance vegan butter
1 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips
2 cups sweetened flaked coconut
1 cup walnuts, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
On the stovetop in a pan bring the coconut milk and brown sugar to a boil over medium/high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. remove from heat and set aside.
Mix the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted Earth Balance until it is well incorporated.
On a parchment lined 9x13 pan press the graham cracker crumbs into the pan starting in the center and working your way out to the sides. Be sure to cover the entire bottom and press very firmly.
Pour the coconut milk mixture over the graham cracker, add a layer of chocolate chips, coconut and then nuts. Press ingredients down with your hands ensuring the coconut milk mixture is absorbed into the upper layers.
Bake for 30 minutes until golden brown and bubbly.
Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack for 15 minutes. Transfer to the refrigerator and allow to cool for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight. Cut into bars, remove from pan.

*I felt that it needed a little more than 2 cups to fill the pan.
**Also I didn't quite measure the chocolate chips, coconut and walnuts that I put on top.. I just put what felt right :) but use this as a guide especially for the first time.

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