Monday, December 30, 2013

Raspberry Chocolate Crumb Bars: December Mystery Dish

For December's Mystery Dish Challenge, I baked up some luscious Raspberry Chocolate Crumb Bars that will (possibly literally) knock your socks off! I can't wait to tell you about them today.

Take a look at the mouthwatering goodness that follows, and try not to drool.

Is it really the end of December?  Where does the time go?  We had a wonderful Christmas with family.  There was lots of laughter, hugs and cheer to go around, just like there should be this time of year.

The month is drawing to a close, which means it's time for some more Mystery Dish!  I bet you couldn't wait for this day to come again.  :)  I know I've been sitting on the edge of my chair all month eagerly awaiting it.  

I love participating in this challenge with a group of very talented bloggers.  It's so fun seeing what they come up with each month.  They are amazing.  I thoroughly enjoy concocting yummies with a "Mystery Box" of ingredients each month.  It's such a thrill to get those creative juices flowing in the kitchen.

The ingredients this time around were:

Dark Chocolate
Greek Yogurt
Coconut Oil
Baby Spinach
Pecorino Romano Cheese

We were asked to use two or three of the options.  I upped the ante a little just for the fun of it and used THREE!  As you know, desserts are totally my cup of tea, so I followed tradition and made something sweet and savory, something so incredible-tasting that any diet plans will be pushed off another day to partake of this delicacy. Totally worth it.  Self's overrated, right?

Seriously.  They're magically delicious.  Loaded with chocolate and more chocolate (need I say more?), mashed fresh raspberries, and crunchy walnuts.  Can you say "phenomenal?"

These bars are totally and completely irresistible!  The tartness of the raspberries is perfectly offset by the ultra-sweetness of the delectable chocolate layers.

Recipe adapted from HERE

2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 t. salt
1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 c. dark chocolate chips
1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 c. chopped walnuts
3/4 c. mashed fresh raspberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Lightly grease 9x13 baking dish. Cream butter and sugar together.  Beat in flour and salt until nice and crumbly.  Press 1 3/4 c. crumb mixture onto the bottom of baking dish.  Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.

Stir nuts into reserved crumb mixture.  Set aside.  Combine sweetened condensed milk and semi-sweet chocolate chips in a microwave-safe dish and heat on medium heat, in 30 second intervals, until chips are melted.  Stir until smooth.

Pour over hot crust and spread until even.  Sprinkle reserved crumb mixture over chocolate mixture.  Drop teaspoonsful of mashed raspberries on top of crumb mixture.  Sprinkle with 1 c. dark chocolate chips.  Bake for an additional 25-30 minutes.  Cool and cut into bars.

I'm not exaggerating in the least when I say these Raspberry Chocolate Crumb Bars have moved to the top of my all-time favorite desserts list.  They're that good.

Decadent and super chocolate-y, these bars are a perfect ladies' night indulgence, because I'm convinced that chocolate exists just for women.  But, ladies' night or not, partake and feel no shame.  The New Year's resolutions don't start for a few days, right? :)


Take a look at what my bloggy friends made for this month's Mystery Dish Challenge!  Just beware...deliciousness overload about to come your way!

1. Cinnamon Coffee Cake from Buttercream Fanatic
3. Dark Chocolate Raspberry Tart from The Dessert Chronicles
4. Berry Chocolate Streusel Bars from Baking a Moment
5. Green Berry Smoothie from I Want Crazy
6. Baked Fish Tacos with Cranberry Salsa from The Pajama Chef
7. Dark Chocolate Raspberry Swirl Brownies from Joyful Healthy Eats
8. Healthy Homemade Granola Parfait from Yummy Healthy Easy
9. Pear Cranberry Crockpot Oatmeal from See Hubby Cook
10. Dark Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies from Culinary Couture
11. Raspberry Chocolate Crumb Bars from I Dig Pinterest
12. Dark Chocolate Walnut Coconut Macaroon Fingers from The Well Floured Kitchen

To see my past month's Mystery Dish creations, go HERE.


  1. I love that you made a crumb bar. I love cookies and I love brownies but I don't get to indulge in crumb bars enough. Thus, you made this gal happy.
    And seriously, now that you mention it, I think you're right. Chocolate WAS created just for women. I know men who don't like chocolate (these men are unfit for the human race) but I have yet to meet a woman who doesn't have a cocoa indulgence or two. I think this is why women are so smart. We know delicious when we taste it!
    And I'm going to note how ironic it is that I say this when the account this is being posted under says Joshua when it should say Joshua and Dani. At least my hubby knows well enough to like chocolate too!

    1. I've got to totally agree with you, Dani, on the women being smart because of chocolate. It's a wonderful thing! My husband doesn't understand my obsession with chocolate. I have to explain to him that it's equivalent to his love of nacho cheese and then he says, "Oh, I get it." :)

  2. These look delicious, I love the melty chips on top! I'm going to make them and tell my husband you said they are only for ladies :)

  3. I love that you used chocolate and raspberries too! Such a great combination and this looks like such an amazing dessert. I love the idea of making bars too.

  4. Oh my gosh, girl, these look increeeeeeeeeedible! Those melty chocolate chips speak to my heart. And I love raspberries + chocolate. Perfection!

  5. These look and sound delicious. Thanks for linking them to What'd You Do This Weekend.

    Happy New Year!
    Linda @ Tumbleweed Contessa

  6. Oh myyyyyyy, these look completely irresistible!

  7. Thanks for joining us at Marvelous Mondays, pinned to my Marvelous Mondays board.

  8. Yeah, these looked delicious Christine! Dangerously good! Great job with the mystery ingredients this month!

    Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

  9. These look amazing!!! Thank you so much for linking up to Twirl & Take a Bow. I hope you stop by again this week!!! :)
    - Brooke -

  10. I want to gobble these all up!! Thank you for linking at Show Me Your Plaid Monday's!!! You have been Pinned!

  11. Oh yum!!! I love chocolate and raspberry together and these bars look amazing! :)
    Thank you so much for sharing at Marvelous Mondays this week- pinned and shared!

  12. These look delicious but, where is your print button?

  13. Yummy!! Those look delicious Christine. Thank you so much for sharing them with us at Best of the Weekend. :)

  14. In the oven, I cant wait they smell great!

    1. Hi Tammy! I hope you loved them! Thanks for your comment.

  15. My hubby is a raspberry fanatic. Think it would add too much liquid to double the berries?


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