Chocolate Mud Bars Recipe

February 4, 2013

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I dedicate this recipe to my father, the ultimate lover of all things chocolate.

When I was growing up, and had yet to develop my chocolate tooth, a giant chocolate bunny always managed to find its way into my Easter basket even though the Easter bunny knew very well that I did not like chocolate. And guess who in the house coincidentally always got to eat said giant chocolate hare? On the bright side, my father has since been validated by the medical community that his chocolate obsession is, in fact, healthy. However, I’m not sure a giant chocolate bunny counts as moderation.

The Chocolate Mud Bars from the Everyday Baking Cookbook are everything a chocolate lover could dream of. The ‘mud’ is a moist, rich chocolate filling which is studded with walnuts and surrounded on one edge by a graham cracker crust and on the others by a slightly crunchier chocolate shell. Use quality chocolate and I guarantee this will be the best “mud” you’ve ever eaten (and will become a favorite of any chocolate lover you know!).

Semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

Mixing the smooth chocolate with the dry ingredients

The crust and the chocolate – a match made in heaven

Release the mud!

Finished bars! They really were the tastiest “mud” I ever did eat.

Chocolate Mud Bars

From the Everyday Baking Cookbook, page 54

CRUST:

1 ¼ cups graham cracker crumbs

3 tablespoons packed light-brown sugar

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

Pinch of salt

5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

FILLING:

½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter

6 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

¾ cup sugar

2 large eggs, at room temperature

½ teaspoon of vanilla extract

¼ cup cake flour

1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

Instructions:

Butter an 8-inch square baking pan and set aside.

For crust: Combine the graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl. Mix well with your hands. Add the melted butter, stir well with a fork, then rub the ingredients together well with your fingers until thoroughly mixed. Press the mixture evenly in the prepared pan to form a level layer on the bottom with a lip extending about ¼ inch up the sides of the pan. (Do not prebake the crust).

For filling: Combine the butter and chocolate in the top of a double boiler over not-quite-simmering water. When melted, whisk to smooth, then remove the pan from the heat. Scrape the chocolate into a medium bowl and cool to lukewarm. Preheat the oven to 325oF. Whisk the sugar, eggs, and vanilla into the lukewarm chocolate. Stir in the cake flour, mixing until smooth. Stir in the walnuts. Scrape the batter over the crust and smooth with a spoon. Bake on the center oven rack for 35 minutes only – no longer. Cool on a rack. Refrigerate an hour or so before slicing. Serve at room temperature. Makes 16 bars.

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Kelsey is a Boston native and current Seattle transplant. When not chasing the sun around the state of Washington she can be found doing crosswords on her commute, rock climbing, biking, organizing as many potlucks as possible, and skiing (mostly spent defending the mighty mountains of the east coast). She loves cooking, sailing and traveling and will take you up on an offer to drink coffee, sit by a fire, and play scrabble any day. 

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Comments

AHHHH! Death by chocolate!!!

By JAMES J REYNOLDS

AHHHH! Death by chocolate!!! I can not think of a better way to go! LOL

Can't wait to make this.

these refused to cook all the

By Bobbi M

these refused to cook all the way. they look nothing like your picture! I couldn't stack them like that, even if I wanted to, because the top and middle seem completely uncooked. followed the recipe exactly, and even left them in the oven longer, despite the "no longer" warning. I have no idea what went wrong, though I'm sure they are delicious, anyway!

We are disappointed to hear

By Almanac Staff

We are disappointed to hear that your Mud Bars did not come out well. This is a favorite of ours and regularly makes its way to meetings and other such company gatherings. We can only suggest trying again and making sure that you do indeed cool the chocolate only to lukewarm.
Also keep in mind that the middle of the bars should look underdone. They are called "mud" because of the moist, dark chocolate filling.

Going to try this; this

By Alice Mcpherson

Going to try this; this weekend with the grandchildren I'm sure they will love making and eating all of them

Seeing these has tempted me

By Barbara C.

Seeing these has tempted me so much I'll have to bake them!!

Yummy!! Chocolate!

By Donna lann

Yummy!! Chocolate!

wow

By windy grundy

wow

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