Chocolate Macaroon Bars

chocolate macaroonsMy husband loves macaroons – and I can’t blame him! The rich combination of coconut and sweetened condensed milk is heavenly!

So I was very excited to find this recipe for a chocolate macaroon.  Oh my! Let’s just add some gooey melted chocolate and walnuts to the coconut!

It went together fast and disappeared fast!

I loved them best hot from the oven while the chocolate was still melting and the coconut was toasted and crunchy.

Chocolate Macaroon Bars

1 (18.25 ounce) package chocolate cake mix
1/3 cup butter softened
2 eggs, divided
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (12 ounce) package semisweet chocolate chips
1-1/3 cup flaked, sweetened coconut, divided
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, butter, and 1 egg until mixture is crumbly. Press firmly into a greased 9 x 13 inch baking pan. In medium bowl, combine condensed milk, 1 egg, and vanilla extract; stir in the chocolate chips, 1 cup coconut, and walnuts.

Spread over mixture in baking pan. Top with remaining coconut. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until golden brown.

Cool completely in pan before cutting into bars.

Are you hungry yet? 🙂

Chocolate Chip Crumb Cake

Chocolate Chip Crumb CakeI love history, especially family history.  I also love old cook books and discovering old recipes. I especially love discovering recipes that my grandma’s made, or better yet, their mom’s!

This is one of those recipes. It came to me from my mom, who learned it from her mom, who also learned it from her mom.  That’s my great- grandma! Four generations of family have made this cake!

And now that my own children are learning the recipe, we can call it a 5 generation recipe!

It is a delicious coffee cake and mixes up very quickly.

Dutch Crumb Cake

Put into a bowl:

1 c. white sugar
2 c. flour
1/2 c. shortening
1 c. brown sugar

Mix like a pie crust. Save out 1/2 cut for the top of the cake. To the remaining mixture add:

2 eggs
1 tsp. soda
1 c. sour milk (1 c. milk + 1 Tbs. vinegar)
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix and pour into a greased 9X13 inch cake pan.

Sprinkle with:

1/2 cup of reserved crumbs
1 c. chopped nuts (optional)
1 c. chocolate chips (optional)

Bake 350 degrees for 30 minutes until done.