Gifts from the kitchen, chocolate cashew bars

The other day I wanted to make some goodies for NG [Nicest Guy, my son-in-law] and our weekend guests.  This is my sinfully delicious version of the popular 7 layer bar.  These cookie bars would make a great gift, easy to package or wrap and keep well at room temperature.
It literally takes only minutes to make and you will be a rock star!

What’s not to love?  The crust is crescent roll dough, then lots of chocolate and nuts….baked to golden deliciousness…

You can use whatever chocolate you have on hand, just make it about 2 cups.  On this particular day I had some butterscotch, white, milk chocolate and dark chocolate leftovers, combined made exactly 2 cups without having to open another package.  I love when that happens.

So I mixed them up a little and took a photo just to keep you tempted, really tempted…

Preheat oven to 375 and prepare the crust by carefully unrolling the dough and laying it in a sprayed 9 x 13 glass baking dish.  Reseal the perforations and gently stretch the dough to cover the bottom of the dish and a little up the sides,  just 1/4″ if possible.

Bake for 5 minutes and remove from oven.

Now pile on the toppings, start with the chocolate and top with nuts,  I added some sliced almonds also, use any nuts you like…

Pour sweetened condensed milk slowly overall, covering the nuts and chocolate.

Yum, looks good already!  Return to 375 oven and bake for 20-25 more minutes until golden.  Watch carefully at the end so the nuts don’t get too brown.  Remove from oven and let cool thoroughly before cutting.

Cut into any size bars or squares you want.

Here’s the recipe:

Chocolate Cashew Bars    for a printable version click here

1 8 oz can of crescent roll dough
1 14 oz can sweetened condensed  milk
1/2 cup white chocolate morsels
1/2 cup butterscotch morsels
1/2 cup milk chocolate morsels
1/2 cup dark chocolate morsels
1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup roasted and salted cashews

Grease a 9 x 13” baking dish. Carefully unroll crescent roll dough and lay into pan, sealing perforations and pressing dough into pan to form crust.  Bake at 375 for 5 minutes.  Remove from oven and sprinkle with morsels, top with nuts, and pour milk slowly overall. Return to oven and bake for 20-25 minutes more until golden. Cool before cutting into bars.  This makes a lot, you can cut them into fairly small bars because they are so decadent!

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