Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Macaroon Bars

These taste a lot like a good candy bar!  Mounds anyone?

Chocolate Macaroon Bars

1 pkg. (450g) fudge brownie mix
2 egg whites
2 pkg. (200g each) sweetened flaked coconut
1 can (300mL) sweetened condensed milk
1/2 C. sliced almonds
1 square (1oz/30g) semisweet chocolate
1 tsp. vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 375°F. Prepare brownie mix according to package directions. Pour batter into a 9*13 baking dish. Bake 15-18 minutes or until brownie is set. Do not over bake. Remove to cooling rack.

In clean bowl, separate egg whites from egg yolks . (Set egg yolks aside for another use.) Fold coconut and sweetened condensed milk into egg whites. Spread coconut mixture over top of brownie base to within 2 inches of edge. Sprinkle with almonds. Return to oven and bake 25 minutes or until edges of coconut are deep golden brown. Remove to cooling rack. Finely chop chocolate. Melt chocolate with oil in micro-wave, uncovered, on MEDIUM 2 minutes, stirring once, or until chocolate is melted and smooth.

Drizzle with melted chocolate. Serve

TIP: Brownie base can be baked earlier in the day and cooled before finishing. Then top, bake and serve warm, if desired.