Sweetheart Layer Bars
Happy Healthy Holidays!
Unique bars for your special valentine! A butter and pretzel crust topped with chocolate filling and topped off with pretty pink coconut!
1-1/2 cups finely crushed unsalted thin pretzels or pretzel sticks
3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) plus 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine, divided
3/4 cup baking cocoa
1 cup milk chocolate mini kisses or semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 can (14 ounce) sweetened condensed milk
2 cups sweetened coconut flakes, tinted pink*
Heat oven to 350-degrees.
Put 3/4-cup butter in 13x9x2-inch baking pan; place in oven just until butter melts. Remove from oven. Stir in crushed pretzels; press evenly into bottom of pan. Sprinkle mini kisses over pretzel layer.
Place sweetened condensed milk, cocoa and remaining 1/4-cup butter in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at high (100 percent) 1 to 1-1/2 minutes or until mixture is melted and smooth when stirred; carefully pour over pretzel layer in pan. Top with coconut; press firmly down onto chocolate layer.
Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until lightly browned around edges. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into heart-shaped pieces with cookie cutters or cut into bars.
Place 1-teaspoon water and 1/2 teaspoon red food color in small bowl; stir in two cups sweetened coconut flakes. With fork, toss until evenly coated. Use immediately.
Yield: 36 bars.