Little Miss has a bake sale at her school on Friday. I love that they still are able to do bake sales of homebaked goods. I am, of course, baking for it, and I finally figured out yesterday what I’m going to make for it. I was sent some Dulce de Leche Cheerios and decided to bake with them because there are some pretty awesome looking recipes out there.
Of course, I had to adapt the original recipe because that’s what I do. I was happy that I had all the ingredients for it in my pantry. Well, mostly. And as I made it, I didn’t like the proportions they used (to be honest, I think the recipe is off a little bit as written on the site). And yeah… they turned out pretty well. They were super easy and quick to make and are one of those recipes where you can change it up to fit your needs and what you have in your pantry without worrying a ton about measurements.
Dulce de Leche Cheerios Bars
1 sleeve graham crackers, plus 2 extra – crushed (a little over 2 cups)
1/2 c butter, melted
2 c Dulce de Leche Cheerios
1 1/2 c pretzels, crushed
1 1/2 c milk chocolate chips
1 1/2 c semi-sweet chocolate chips (or white chocolate, yum!)
3/4 c shredded coconut
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
Crush the graham crackers into large crumbles. I love using my food processor because it’s fast and easy. Just make sure you pulse it and don’t simply turn it on, or the crumbs will be way too fine. I break them into quarters before starting the food processor to help break them up quickly and evenly. You could also put them in a bag and just smash them there. Add the crumbs and the melted butter into a 13×9 pan and mix together until it’s all incorporated, then press into the bottom of the pan. (Seriously, why dirty another bowl? <- my motto in life)
Crush the pretzels in the same manner. Add half the pretzels to the top of the crust. Add half of each type of chocolate chip and the Cheerios, then add the remainder of the Cheerios, pretzels, and chocolate chips before dusting with the coconut. The good news is that the exact amounts aren’t particular. In fact, it’s possible that I didn’t measure at all but just estimated. And it totally worked.
Pour the can of sweetened condensed milk over the pan, covering it equally. You won’t be stirring it at all, so do your best to spread it out by pouring it evenly across the top.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes until golden brown. Let it cool fully, then cut into squares. Make sure you’ve run a knife or thin spatula around the edge of the pan to help release the squares before you try to remove them. Yum.
In the interest of full disclosure, the original recipe appeared on the Betty Crocker website, with significant alterations from me. The Cheerios were part of a sample I received courtesy Cheerios and General Mills via MyBlogSpark.