Picnic Bars or Ooey Gooey Nom's

Life is sort of returning to a normal or I am simply adjusting to the new chaos we call our life.

Yesterday we had a spring barbecue with lots of friends. There was so much good food yesterday no one knew where to start. At the end of the day though there was very little left over. I always get so busy I forget to take pictures and then remember after most people have left and all the food is gone. One of these days I will remember!

I made a couple of favorite desserts, Kladdkaka with Daim Cream and another that I had tried at a get together a decade ago. The recipe has just been sitting in my box getting shuffled around and passed by for the same old standbys.

I wanted something new and easy for the barbecue yesterday and it seemed like a good time to try the recipe and see if I could make these as well as I remembered them. They were so easy and after I tried one I remembered why I had to have the recipe.

1 3/4 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs, slightly beaten

1 can 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease 9x13 pan.

Combine dry ingredients. Cut in butter until course crumbs. Stir in eggs.
My butter was room temperature. Colder butter will result in a more crumbly mixture. 
Set aside 1 1/2 cups of crumb mixture for topping.
Press remaining crumbs into pan.

Bake for 6-8 minutes until set.

Meanwhile, melt 1 cup of the chocolate chips with the entire can of sweetened condensed milk. You can use a double boiler or the microwave. Microwave 20 seconds at a time until melted and blends together.

Pour chocolate milk mixture over the top of crust and carefully spread over the crust.
Use a gentle touch to spread to the edges of the crust. 
Combine the reserved crumb mixture with the remaining chocolate chips and nuts.
Sprinkle crumb mixture over chocolate layer.

Bake 15-20 minutes until top is set. Chocolate chips will not look melted.

Cool before cutting.