RECIPE: No-Bake Chocolate Squares

RECIPE:  No-Bake Chocolate Squares

Quick, easy and tasty.  Those are the three things I look for when I’m craving something sweet. No-Bake Chocolate Squares are just that treat today.

With summer here (not in Seattle… sigh), I wanted to try a chocolaty treat that wouldn’t heat up the kitchen.  Even though summer hasn’t arrived here, our house does heat up rather quickly.  Gotta love a house with lots of windows and a western exposure.  Even on a mild day it heats up.  Shoot, I heat up at the drop of a hat in my middle-aged years!

RECIPE:  No-Bake Chocolate Squares

So when I came across a quick and easy recipe for No-Bake Chocolate Squares in my lovely copy of ‘The Golden Book of Chocolate‘, I had to try them.  This cookbook is awesome, by the way.  It has pictures for every ooey, gooey chocolate recipe!  :)

RECIPE:  No-Bake Chocolate Squares

To say that this recipe is easy is an understatement.  I don’t even think it took me 15 minutes to make.  I also love that the list of ingredients are easy to find.  Super important in my days when 24 hours seems more like 12!  Not to say I won’t ever experiment with specialty ingredients.  Sounds like fun!  But today, we’re keeping it simple.

While these are good, I found them to be quite buttery.  No surprise there, actually, given the ratio of butter to the rest of the ingredients.  If I make these again, I’m going to experiment with cutting the butter by one-third and see how the consistency and taste turns out.  All-in-all, these are pretty tasty.  Especially the chocolate topping.  :)   My husband thought they were OK, but my 12-year-old daughter loved them.

If you try these, please come back and tell me what you think.  Be honest!

As always, enjoy! :)

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RECIPE: No-Bake Chocolate Squares

Yield: approx. 20 squares

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Total Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Ingredients:

1 Cup butter
4 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 Tablespoon firmly packed brown sugar
2 Tablespoons light corn syrup
2 Cups finely-crushed graham crackers
4 oz. semisweet dark chocolate chips or chocolate bar

Directions:

Coat an 8" square baking dish with cooking spray or butter.

In a small saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add cocoa, brown sugar and corn syrup and stir. Bring to a boil, allowing it to boil for 1 minute.

Remove from heat and mix in the finely-crushed graham crackers.

Line prepared baking dish with the mixture, pressing down firmly.

For the chocolate topping, melt chocolate in a double boiler or microwave in 30-second increments, being careful to not overheat. Pour melted chocolate over the cookie base.

Place in refrigerator to set, approx. 2 hours.

Cut into squares.

TIP: For easier cutting, bring to room temperature.

The Golden Book of Chocolate

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14 Responses to “RECIPE: No-Bake Chocolate Squares”

  1. Janet — July 2, 2012 @ 1:45 PM (#
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    Am I missing something? Where does the cocoa powder and brown sugar come into the recipe directions?

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    • Laura Rucker replied: — July 2nd, 2012 @ 2:38 PM

      I need more sleep. :/ I fixed the recipe. Thank you for telling me and sorry!

    • Janet replied: — July 3rd, 2012 @ 8:55 AM

      No worries. I read it about 5 times to be sure I didn’t miss it before sending a comment because I’m running on little sleep as well. Obviously not enough chocolate in my diet! :)

    • Laura Rucker replied: — July 3rd, 2012 @ 1:08 PM

      Yeah, we ALL need more chocolate in our diet for sure. :D

  2. sally @ sallys baking addiction — July 2, 2012 @ 6:43 PM (#
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    I’m actually beginning to think about changing my blog name to sally’s NO-BAKING addiction because of my latest need to NOT bake my desserts. It’s been over 100+ degrees the past week in Baltimore!

    I also favor quick and easy recipes. I love these bars! They remind me of the no bake peanut butter chocolate fudge bars my mom made for me when I was little!

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    • Laura Rucker replied: — July 3rd, 2012 @ 10:04 AM

      HA! I’m here in Seattle and we’ve only hit 80* MAYBE twice! Usually summer hits on July 5th, and I’m not kidding. Sad. I’m sorry you’re burnin’ up already. :(

      Funny you mention the no-baking, I’m going to focus on very little baking this summer, even if we never get a real summer here. Like you said, who wants to fire up the oven when it’s already an inferno in the house?!?

      Thanks for stopping by Sally. I LOVE your blog!!!!

  3. myfudo — July 3, 2012 @ 1:40 AM (#
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    You don’t know what type of excitement the words : no-bake bring me. Gee! I am so excited. A perfect dessert does not always have to be complicated, doesn’t it? This is definitely a keeper. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — July 3, 2012 @ 1:15 PM (#
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    Ooh, that chocolate on the top looks so rich and fudgy! Our kitchen doesn’t heat up when we use the oven (it’s very open!), so I always forget about that when I’m writing recipes for the summer. I’ve had a few people chew me out about that–ha!

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    • Laura Rucker replied: — July 3rd, 2012 @ 1:27 PM

      Yeah, I’m refraining from posting recipes that require the oven (for the most part) given the fact that most people are having actual heat, unlike us. :P

      That’s funny (?) that people are chewing you out for it. HAHAHAHAHA! OK, NOT!

  5. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — July 4, 2012 @ 9:37 AM (#
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    Ooohh, I can’t wait to try these! No-bake and chocolate is all I need these days. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. amy @ fearless homemaker — July 4, 2012 @ 10:08 AM (#
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    yum! i actually have everything i need in the house right now to make these. might have to give them a try this afternoon or tomorrow. yay!

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  7. Margo, Thrift at Home — November 29, 2012 @ 7:31 AM (#
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    These look great! I collect recipes JUST for the hot weather of summer. Has anyone tried cutting back the butter? I’m not afraid of butter or fat, but I don’t want greasy.

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