Thursday, October 27, 2011

Chewy Vanilla Bars

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Sometimes you just need dessert.  Sometimes it's a cookie or a thick slab of cake, last night for me it was vanilla bars.  These were so easy to make with just basic ingredients and they are so very delicious.  Moist and chewy with a rich vanilla flavor.  This would go great with some coffee and a friend.  :) 

Chewy Vanilla Bars

Bars -
1/2 cup butter
10 ounce bag white vanilla baking chips (about 2 cups)
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
Icing -
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons milk
Chocolate Drizzle -
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon Crisco

Preheat oven to 350 and grease an 11x7 pan.  I used glass.  In a small saucepan heat butter and baking chips over low heat stirring frequently until just melted and mostly smooth.  It may have a chunky appearance but that's ok.  Cool a little bit.
In a large bowl stir remaining bar ingredients.  Add the melted mixture and blend well.  Spread evenly in pan.  Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean and cool completely before frosting.
To prepare icing: 
In a medium bowl mix all icing ingredients until smooth and spreadable and spread over bars. 
To prepare chocolate drizzle:
In a small bowl combine chocolate chips and Crisco and melt in microwave in 30 second increments stirring in between each session until smooth.  Pour into a Ziploc bag and move to one corner and cut a bit of the corner off and pipe the chocolate drizzle over top in whatever design you would like.  If you want more chocolate drizzle, just double the ingredients.

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