The Ritz Bar

by Joanne on December 7, 2009

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After all the holiday entertaining, are you sometimes left with all sorts of crackers from those cheese and cracker trays?   We are. I usually put the crackers in large baggies and consequently end up tossing them away. 

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The following recipe helps to use up left over crackers.  After all, you may not eat the crackers but you will go for a good, sweet  treat.

  • 2 rolls Ritz Crackers (mine were reduced fat Ritz)
  • 1/2 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter (I used Promise Healthy Choice Margarine)

Using a food processor, add the crackers, cocoa, and sugar. This will mix and grind at the same time.  Once a fine crumb, add the butter in slices and mix again until crumbly.

Spray a 9 x 9 square pan with non stick spray and press the crumb mixture into it, lining the bottom and up the sides.  DSC_2395 Try to keep it a nice thin layer. If it’s too thick, it will be dry.

Place in the refrigerator for about 15 – 20 minutes.

  • 1 (14 oz) can Fat Free Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1/2 cup Chocolate Chips (I used the mini chips)
  • 1/2 cup Dried Cherries
  • 1/2 cup chopped Walnuts

Preheat the oven to 350 F.  Pour the milk over the crumb mixture which you pressed in the pan.  DSC_2396

 

Sprinkle on the chips. 

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Sprinkle on the cherries. 

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Top with the walnuts. 

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Bake for 30 – 35 minutes or until top is brown.

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Allow to cool about 10 minutes and slice into bars while still warm.  Wait to cool, and remove from pan.

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It’s amazing how simple Ritz crackers can end up tasting just like a brownie! 

It seems everything I’ve baked lately has resulted in tasting like a brownie.  What’s up with that?!!!

Joanne

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6 Comments

  • At 2009.12.07 14:20, Miranda said:

    These look so so spectacular. I love all the ingredients. Very well done!

    • At 2009.12.07 15:15, Lu said:

      Those look good. I have some crackers left over that I can totally use. This is such a smart idea.

      • At 2009.12.07 18:55, Carol Egbert said:

        Clever way to reclaim shelf space in the pantry. Thanks for the great idea.

        • At 2009.12.07 21:33, Mags said:

          What a great idea and recipe. And you even kinda “healthed” it up a bit!

          • At 2009.12.08 00:40, CheapAppetite said:

            Very good idea! you should sell the recipe to Ritz:)

            • At 2009.12.08 18:55, Arlene said:

              These look pretty amazing! And here I thought I’d found the most original use for Ritz crackers (a chocolate mint GS cookie clone). These, however, are really something.

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