Dessert is a funny thing in our house. We eat dessert every single night. However, it’s not as bad as it sounds. Each night after dinner, the kids have a small sample-sized portion of dessert. This is enough to satisfy their want of dessert but not so much that I have to worry.
Honestly, when we have ice cream in the house, they each get about 2 tablespoons worth. A dish of brownies will probably last almost a week. We’ve been doing it this way for as long as I can remember and it’s really a win-win situation.
I know dessert is not a necessity by any means. But I also know I like a little something sweet before bed. My husband does too. For that matter, most people I know do. So I don’t have any problem allowing the kids a little something too. It’s once again a case of everything in moderation.
Now these Chocolate Raisin Bars are a great dessert option in our house. They’re different than our usual desserts while still being sweet and easy. Best of all, our usual small-sized servings seem to be just the right amount.
Chocolate Raisin Bars
For the crust:
- 1 c. flour
- 1/4 c. brown sugar
- 1/4 t. salt
- 1/2 c. butter, cut into small slices or chunks
1. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar and salt. Cut in the butter until coarse crumbs form. (Or, if you’re using a stand mixer, mix on low for about 2 minutes.) Press into the bottom of a 9×13 casserole dish. Bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes, until golden brown.
For the topping:
- 1 c. brown sugar
- 2 T. flour
- 1/4 t. salt
- 1/2 t. baking powder
- 2 eggs
- 1 t. vanilla
- 1/2 c. chocolate chips
- 1/2 c. raisins
- 1/4 c. chopped pecans, walnuts or almonds, optional
1. While the crust bakes, add the brown sugar, flour, salt, baking powder, eggs and vanilla to the mix bowl. Stir or beat until well combined, about 1 minute. By hand, stir in the chocolate, raisins and nuts, if using.
2. Pour the topping over the hot, baked crust and return to the oven. Bake at 325 degrees for 18-22 minutes, until golden and set.
3. Cool bars completely before cutting.
As you can see, the bars turn out gooey and delicious, almost reminiscent of a pecan pie filling. Mmmmm….delicious!
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