[Recipe] Triple Chocolate Gooey Bars

triple chocolate gooey bars

triple chocolate gooey bars

Triple chocolate gooey bars.

I discovered gooey bars after reading a Buzzfeed article. That article took me to a great blog called Crazy for Crust, where I found the recipe for lemon gooey bars.

I made those lemon gooey bars. Instead of using white chocolate, I substituted shredded coconut. Lovely.

After making the lemon gooey bars, I got to dreaming about gooey bars and the infinite possibilities you could come up with to make them.

These triple chocolate gooey bars are the next incarnation of gooey bars I decided to try. I had a few white chocolate chips and a can of chocolate sweetened condensed milk in my pantry. That’s all I needed to get going. Picked up a chocolate cake mix, and here we are.

Triple chocolate gooey bars.

Thank you, Crazy for Crust, for this fantastic, versatile, easy recipe. Well, I thank you, but my hips – my hips are not talking to you.

I changed the original recipe for gooey bars ever so slightly after making my first batch, adding a bit more sweetened condensed milk for a bit more gooeyness.

Enjoy!

triple chocolate gooey bars

triple chocolate gooey bars

[Recipe] Triple Chocolate Ooey Gooey Bars

Makes 16 bars

1 box cake mix (dry)
1 egg
1/2 cup butter
2/3 cup chocolate sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup white chocolate chips

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Preheat the oven to 350F.

Open the cake mix and put the dry powder in a large bowl. Do not prepare the cake mix as you normally would if you were baking a cake.

Add the egg and the butter to the dry cake mix. Mix well. It will be difficult to mix, as it makes a very stiff batter.

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Press 2/3 of the batter mixture into a greased 8×8 inch baking pan.

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Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the batter.

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Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the chocolate chips.

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With the remaining batter, break off chunks of batter, press them slightly between your fingers, and put them on top of the sweetened condensed milk. Try to cover as much area as you can.

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Bake the bars for 25 – 30 minutes, depending on how gooey you like them.

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Cut into 16 squares.

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[Recipe] Triple Chocolate Gooey Bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 16 bars

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[Recipe] Triple Chocolate Gooey Bars

After making Crazy for Crust's lemon gooey bars, I got to dreaming about gooey bars and the infinite possibilities you could come up with to make them. That's how these triple chocolate gooey bars were born.

Ingredients

  • 1 box cake mix (dry)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup chocolate sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Open the cake mix and put the dry powder in a large bowl. Do not prepare the cake mix as you normally would if you were baking a cake.
  3. Add the egg and the butter to the dry cake mix. Mix well. It will be difficult to mix, as it makes a very stiff batter.
  4. Press 2/3 of the batter mixture into a greased 8x8 inch baking pan.
  5. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the batter.
  6. Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the chocolate chips.
  7. With the remaining batter, break off chunks of batter, press them slightly between your fingers, and put them on top of the sweetened condensed milk. Try to cover as much area as you can.
  8. Bake the bars for 25 - 30 minutes, depending on how gooey you like them.

Notes

Nutritional Information (based on a 1 bar): - Calories: 251 - Carbs: 34 g - Fat: 12 g - Protein: 3 g - Fibre: 1 g - Sugar: 26 g

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What It’s Like to be a First Time Mom: The Early Days

Well, Hadley’s 6 weeks old now, see?

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Isn’t she the cutest little girl? I mean, I know I’m her mom and all, but my baby’s cute. CUTE.

I can’t believe how quickly 6 weeks has passed. I think you should all get used to hearing me say, “I can’t believe how fast…”. I have a feeling I’ll be saying that a lot. It’s true though, time is flying by. I feel like I just left the hospital, nervous and afraid.

I’m not nearly as nervous and afraid now as when I left the hospital. I remember when we were released, I was scared to death to bathe my child. For some reason, it was the scariest thing in the world. I even got Mom to come help us bath her the first time we bathed her at home. And guess what? It was easy peasy. She loved it and it was fun to watch her enjoy the water, kicking and splashing. Now baby baths are just old hat.

Things are generally going really well around here. Hadley’s a really good baby. She’s not much of a crier and she sleeps quite well too. We get a 4-5 hour stretch once a night, then a couple of 2-3 hour stretches on either side of that. Having said that though, we are so tired. It is just plain hard to get up from a dead sleep in the middle of the night, every night. Every single night. It makes you tired. Really tired.

Now I’m going to go all “MOM” on all of you.

I’m so in love with this little girl. Sometimes I just stare at her. Sometimes I want her to wake up so I can “hang out” with her. Sometimes I already want another just like her, so I can have a double scoop of these feelings. It’s amazing. I hope it just gets better and better.

She’s (naturally) the number one priority in my life. That will never change. My floors need swept more often, there are dirty dishes on my counter, my car’s in desperate need of a cleaning. I don’t care. I’m not giving up a single second of quality time with my baby to do all of these piddly litle things as often as I used to. They’re just not as important anymore.

I mean, look at this face. Do you blame me?

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Frilly Baby: She’s Here

It’s been about a month since I last posted about my Frilly Baby.

The last time I posted, I was 37 weeks pregnant. I didn’t get a chance to post my 38 week post because life got turned upside down.

I had my last appointment with my OB on April 1st. April Fool’s Day. The joke was on me this time. My OB decided right then and there that because of my rising blood pressure and suspected cholestasis of pregnancy, that I would be induced on the evening of April 3rd.

Induced I was.

I will not be sharing the details of my baby’s labour and delivery here – I’m not sure anyone would want to hear it. Suffice to say, it was longer than I’d hoped, but totally amazing.

Hadley Gail Mae was placed in my arms at 1:08am on April 5th, weighing in at 8 pounds 5 ounces. She is perfect and beautiful. She’s enriching our lives every single day. She’s a good natured and content baby, and we are so so blessed to be her parents. I’ve never felt so lucky.

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But what a surprise to have a girl! I was 99% convinced we were having a boy. I COULD NOT believe it when my husband and my sister revealed that she was a girl. I was stunned. What an amazing surprise! To future parents out there – if you can hold out on finding out the gender of your baby, I definitely recommend it! It was the best surprise of my life.

Hadley’s already almost a month old. I can’t believe how quickly our fist month with her has gone by. This past month, we’ve gone from being deer in the headlights first time parents to slightly less stunned first time parents. We’ve learned so much! Bathing, clothing, comforting, diapering, transporting – everything we’ve done with her has been a brand new experience for each of us. What a whirlwind month!

All is well here. Thank you to everyone who has sent messages, gifts, and well wishes. We appreciate it so so much.

Frilly Baby: 37 Week Update

First, my rant.

Gosh, pregnancy can be lonely sometimes. They say you can get lonely once the baby arrives, up all night alone with a baby, no one to talk to. But pregnancy can be a lonely time too.

I spend a lot of time now up in the middle of the night. Just like tonight, for instance. I’ve already been up a full hour with heartburn. I never had heartburn until pregnancy. This is probably my 6th or 8th time having it in my entire life. What a MISERABLE thing heartburn is – not really bad enough to keep you from functioning like a normal human being, but bad enough to not allow you to get comfortable enough to fall asleep. Miserable. I very sincerely hope that the heartburn will go away again after I deliver Baby Bee.

Other reasons pregnant ladies don’t sleep…

You can’t get comfortable anymore. Ever. I haven’t been comfortable in at least 2 months now. Yup, since about January. Moving around is difficult at the best of times, let alone when you’re switching from one side to the other in bed. I’m out of breath after tying my shoes. It’s a major effort to get up out of my reclining chair. I am itchy everywhere, all the time. Right now I’d like to take a BBQ brush to scratch between my shoulder blades.

Your mind doesn’t stop to take a breather anymore. With a baby on the way any ol’ time now, my brain never stops. Do we have enough of this? Has that been recently laundered? What else will we need to bring the baby home? What do I need to pack to take to the hospital? What if my water breaks in public? What if my water breaks at home? What about all the things I don’t even know that I’m forgetting to do?!?

So yeah, there’s all of that stuff. Everyone tells you not to worry, that it all works out, but you still worry until it all works out.

Don’t even get me started on the middle of the night trips to the bathroom.

“Get your rest now, while you still can”, people say. Sure. Right after I roll over 4 times in bed trying to get rid of the heartburn that won’t go away, only to give up, go to the bathroom, take a couple of Tums (which you already know won’t even touch the extent of this heartburn), resign yourself to the couch for the night where you sip water and scratch and watch reruns of The Murdoch Mysteries until the sun comes up. Then when you’re hungry and a walking zombie, the heartburn seems to be gone. And you’re exhausted and need a nap at 6am.

At least when the baby comes, we’ll be up together.

Now, let’s finish with some really great news. I’m 37 weeks pregnant! That’s considered full term, baby! That basically means that if Baby Bee were born now, we’d both be OK. That’s a really nice feeling.

Busy day today – appointment at the vet for Samson, an OB appointment for me, followed by a massage and a chiropractic appointment.

Even though I complained a bit in this post, I really do want Baby Bee to stay put for at least a couple more weeks. A bit of extra development on the inside certainly wouldn’t hurt, and I would really like to make sure that all of those last minute questions I was rambling on about (above) are answered before our baby makes his/her appearance.

So here’s to at least a couple more weeks of pregnancy!

Grocery Shopping and Meal Planning: March Week 4

I missed this regular post last week, I know. Although no excuse, last week was pretty busy and a little out of the ordinary. So last week’s post would have looked a lot like this week’s post.

Here’s what we’re planning for meals this week:

Sunday – leftovers
Monday – maple mustard salmon, sugar snap peas, sweet potatoes
Tuesday – coconut chicken curry, rice (slow-cooker)
Wednesday – turkey burgers, salad
Thursday – mongolian beef, rice, sugar snap peas (slow-cooker)

Now that I’m home on maternity leave, I’m going to be eating my lunches at home too. We’re stocked up on lots of good stuff for salads and the like for lunchtime.

Here’s what ended up in our grocery cart this week:

coffee
bread
butter
baby spinach
eggs
coconut milk
diet pop
cucumbers
avocados
gold fish crackers
tums
licorice
coleslaw mix
chickpeas
grapefruit
tomatoes
sweet potatoes
pre-cooked chicken strips
corn chips
bacon
sausage
english muffins

Have a great week, all!