Treasure Island Bars

6 layers of deliciousness
6 layers of deliciousness

Sometimes we browse online looking for recipes and feel overwhelmed by the amount of work or steps most recipes seem to have. So they look good enough to look at but don’t seem like they’re worth the time and energy. I’m sure all of you have had that experience at some point or the other, right? Well, for times like those I have the perfect remedy. How would you like to get literally the easiest dessert recipe ever? Ok, I exaggerate, I’m sure there are easier ones out there, but the best part about Treasure Island bars is that when you or whoever eats them, it seems like there was so much effort put into making them whereas they’re easy peazy lemon squeezey! There’s no mixing, there’s no separate bowls for this and that. You can even do it without getting your hands dirty. In fact it’s a perfect activity to do with little kids because it’s so easy. All you do is layer the 6 key ingredients one on top of the other in the dish you will bake in and place it in the oven and voila! About 40 minutes later your dish is done. Cool it, cut in bars and serve.

I made these for Eid, and we would just walk by, help ourselves to a piece… basically it didn’t even last 3 whole days. It stays well in the fridge covered with saran wrap. Also is if you already have all the ingredients in your pantry, there’s no running to the store either. And even people who claim to not be able to bake can make these. These are a fantastic addition to a tea party, potluck, study group session or get together.

Let’s get started shall we?

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted Butter
  • 1 1/2 cups Crushed Digestive biscuits/graham crackers
  • 1 1/3 cups Shredded Coconut
  • 1 cup Chocolate Chips (alternatively you can chop dark chocolate in chunks)
  • 1 cup Chopped Walnuts (or nuts of your choice)
  • 1 14 oz can Sweetened Condensed Milk

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 350 F/ 175 C. Place rack in the center of the oven.
2. Melt the butter and pour in to a glass 9×9 baking dish (as you can see mine was not 9×9, but stay close enough), spreading across the surface of the dish.
3. Now layer the crushed biscuit crumbs over the butter, spreading evenly.
4. Sprinkle the shredded coconut powder.
5. Next top it with a layer of chocolate chips.
6. Follow that with the chopped walnuts. (You could be adventurous and and try cashews, peanuts, macadamias, pecans, almonds or even pistachios)
7. Finally, pour the can of condensed milk all over the layered ingredients. Remember DO NOT mix, just layer.
8. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the top condensed milk layer is a nice golden.
9. Remove and cool completely. Cut into bars. Serve.

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