13 February 2013

I had to share these wonderful little bars with you in time for Valentine's Day.  As I've mentioned before, my favorite flavor combo for Valentine's Day is chocolate and raspberry.  It's decadent, indulgent  and romantic!    Last summer I saw these Chocolate Fudge Roasted Strawberry Cookie Bars at Roxana's Home Baking, and all I could think about was how lovely they would be for Valentine's Day.  They've been on my "Valentine's Day" Pinterest board ever since and I couldn't wait to try them.  I'm sure they are amazing with the strawberries, but I couldn't resist trying them with raspberries instead.

Chocolate Fudge Raspberry Bars


1 cup butter, room temperature
2 cups flour
⅓ cup sugar
¾ cup chocolate chips
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
¾ cup seedless raspberry jam
½ cup fresh raspberries, chopped
1 tbsp raw sugar (optional)


Preheat the oven to 350°.

In a mixing bowl, combine the softened butter, sugar, and flour. Mix until incorporated and the dough is crumbly.  With floured fingers press the cookie dough into the bottom of a 9x13” baking dish.  Bake for 15 minutes.

When the cookie base is almost done, heat the sweetened condensed milk in a small saucepan, add the chocolate chips and cocoa powder and stir until melted.  Spread over the hot crust.  With a spoon, drop raspberry jam over the chocolate fudge. Top with chopped raspberries and sprinkle with raw sugar, if using.  Bake for another 27-30 minutes.

Cool completely before cutting into bars.

Makes 24 bars.

I made these last weekend when my mother-in-law and sister-in-law were visiting us at our new house.  They were a hit!  They have a delicious shortbread crust, a rich and creamy fudge layer, then topped with bright raspberries.  The chocolate and raspberry are so good together!  I increased the measurement for the jam from ½ cup to ¾ cup because I thought they could have used a touch more raspberry.  I decreased the amount of fresh berries from 1 cup to ½ cup because my husband is picky about seeds.  

The picture above really doesn't do these bars justice.  I apologize for my poor photography lately; I haven't unpacked all of my blog picture-taking stuff yet and I have to do some experimenting here at our new house to find the best lighting.

If you think these look good, you might also be interested in what I made last year for Valentine's Day: Chocolate Raspberry Parfaits.  Yum!

Happy Valentine's Day!

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