Fudgy Cookie Bars

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 15 Minutes
Bake: 35 Minutes
Cook: 5 Minutes
Cool: 1 Hours


1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 cup cold butter, cut into pieces
1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (12-oz.) package semisweet chocolate morsels
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts


1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a large bowl; cut in cold butter pieces with a pastry blender or 2 forks until crumbly. Press mixture onto bottom of a 13- x 9-inch pan.

2. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes. Remove pan, and place on a wire rack.

3. Stir together condensed milk, vanilla, and 1 cup chocolate morsels in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes or until smooth. Pour mixture evenly over prepared crust, spreading to edges of the pan. Sprinkle with chopped pecans or walnuts and remaining chocolate morsels.

4. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack 1 hour or until completely cool. Cut into 48 (1 1/2-inch) bars.

Note: Store bars in airtight containers up to 1 week. You may also freeze bars up to 1 month.