The snow underfoot crunched. Trees along the way cracked and popped. A telltale sign the temperature was cold enough to freeze exposed skin in two shakes of a lambs tail ( – 21 F (below zero) without factoring in the wind chill).
What can a person to do on such a cold, frigid day in the north woods? Why return home and bake to overload the sensory with comfort food. In anticipation, I was warmed from the inside out as I walked home; Reunion Crumb Bars (see recipe below).
Reunion Crumb Bars
1 cup butter – softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
2 cups flour
Mix butter until creamy. Add flour, salt, sugar. Mix until crumbly. Pat 3 cups of above crumb mixture into a greased 13×9 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees (F) for 10-12 minutes or until edges just start to brown.
1 1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp Vanilla
Melt the mixture over a low heat until smooth. Pour chocolate mixture over baked crust.
Blend remaining crumb mixture with 1 cup nuts, 1/2 cup chocolate chips. Sprinkle the crumb mixture over the top of the chocolate mixture.
Return bars to oven. Bake 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees (F) OR until the center is set.