Her Ooey Gooey Chocolate Chunk Bars looked perfect. Bill was driving home from visiting his parents in Illinois as a wicked spring blizzard was hitting the Midwest. Knowing he’d be white knuckling it the whole distance (or maybe it was me that would be the nervous Nellie), I wanted to have some fresh from the oven, chocolate treat waiting for him. I tweaked them slightly by browning my butter, then cooling it, and adding milk chocolate, semi sweet chocolate and white chocolate chunks…Danielle used all dark chocolate. Feel free to use your favorite chocolates chunks or chips…these will be fantastic any which way you make them…
Oops…I goofed and posted this a week early. Danielle will share a recipe from my blog on the proper day (insert blushing face here). You can find Danielle on her blog, Hugs & Cookies XOXO, Facebook, or Twitter. I can’t wait till next month! I have a stack of recipes to try! xo
- Recipe adapted from Hugs & Cookies XOXO
- 2 sticks butter, browned, then cooled to room temperature
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 12 ounces chopped chocolate (I used 4 ounces milk chocolate, 4 ounces semisweet chocolate and 4 ounces white chocolate)
- Line 9 x 13 pan with nonstick foil or regular foil sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350º.
- Cream butter and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla and mix till combined. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt. Mix in chocolate chunks (reserve a few pieces to garnish the top).
- Press dough into prepared pan.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes. Cool, then cut.
- Yield: 24 bars
- Total time: 2 hours
One out of five children in America live in households that don’t access to enough food. That figure is just appalling. Please scroll down to see how you can help on this day when food bloggers are joining together to fight against this epidemic…this horrible statistic can be changed.
Today, I am dedicating my post to Food Bloggers Against Hunger. This mission was started by The Giving Table, “a blog whose motto is ‘doing good with food’ has organized a campaign for food bloggers to join in the fight against hunger.” Too many in our nation are going to bed hungry and we must join together to find a solution. Start in your hometown by supporting and donating to local food banks. My youngest worked to feed our homeless over his college spring break at our St. Vincent de Paul Society. And, as a family, we donate non-perishable goods and more to Foodlink, a food pantry that serves our area. But we have to go beyond charity for hunger to be eliminated; policy must be changed. Please consider following this link to ask Congress to support federal nutrition programs. Whatever you do, please take time to fight the war against hunger.
My recipe today isn’t exactly a budget recipe, but it is one based on pantry ingredients…and is without added chemicals and preservatives. Consider a meatless meal to your weekly menu…using canned beans in an entree can create a delicious, economical entree….while providing complete protein when combined with rice. Buy seasonal produce when on sale, and avoid the frozen entrees and any premade, timesaver options. And be grateful if you can afford fresh fruits and vegetables…not everyone in this country can. Donate the money you save to a local charity serving the impoverished.
“A Place at the Table premiered on March 1st, 2013. This documentary from Participant Media—the same studio that brought you Food Inc.—follows three families struggling with food insecurity, and sheds light on the very real problem of hunger in America.” Check to see if it is playing in your area…or download it from iTunes and Amazon.