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Chocolate Crumb Bars

(Family Features) - The next best thing to baking for loved ones? Baking to raise money for a good cause. Bake sales are a time-honored American tradition for raising the roof on the church or buying uniforms for the soccer team. Offer up these Chocolate Crumb Bars and watch them disappear!

These irresistible bars will bring in the cash, so bake several batches. Wrap some bars individually for sale, and prepare a few pans to sell "batch style": bake in
disposable aluminum pans, carefully cut into bars and wrap attractively for sale to a hungry family. Don't forget to leave a few at home for your family. These easy-to-make bars (your secret is safe with me!) will confirm your reputation as an accomplished home cook. If a bake sale lets you show off a bit while helping a good cause, well, that's just frosting on the cake!

Best Bake Sale Tips

  • Beautiful baked goodies are an easy sell, so dress up your offerings to wow the crowds: Drizzle chocolate or frosting on bars and cookies, dust powdered sugar on pound cakes.
  • Take orders from customers in advance, or take orders on site for popular item. Provide delivery for an extra charge.
  • Include a copy of the recipe with the packaged treats. Better yet, attractively package all the measured nonperishable ingredients along with the recipe and sell these "easy bake kits" to aspiring bakers!
  • Arrange a basket of individually wrapped cookies and bars to entice passers-by to buy-and-eat-now.
  • Get the kids involved in baking, decorating and wrapping goodies for sale. They can also help with sales on site. Kids are never too young to get in the habit of volunteering and giving back to the community.

For more tools and tips to organize your next bake sale, visit "Bake Sale Central" at VeryBestBaking.com.

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Chocolate Crumb Bars

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (12-ounce package) Nestle Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate
  • Morsels, divided
  • 1 can (14 ounces) Nestle Carnation Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
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    1. PREHEAT oven to 350F. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
    2. BEAT butter in large mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in flour, sugar and salt until crumbly. With floured fingers, press 2 cups crumb mixture onto bottom of prepared baking pan; reserve remaining mixture. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
    3. COMBINE 1 cup morsels and sweetened condensed milk in small, heavy-duty saucepan. Warm over low heat, stirring until smooth. Stir in vanilla extract. Spread over hot crust.
    4. STIR nuts and remaining morsels into reserved crumb mixture; sprinkle over chocolate filling. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until center is set. Cool in pan on wire rack.

Calories: 200g     Total Fat: 10g
Cholesterol: 20mg     Protein: 3g
Carbohydrates: 23g     Sodium: 80mg

Makes 2 1/2 dozen bars

SOURCE: Nestlé USA, Inc.

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