Black and White Squares

I found my first grey hair last week.  I was headed to bed late and after I washed my face I noticed a shimmer in my hair. My hair was begging to be done so I knew it wasn’t my freshly highlighted tresses. I thoroughly examined it before plucking it out to show my husband who was…asleep. Dangit. I really wanted to wake him up so that he could confirm that yes, I was officially old.

Finding a grey hair threw me off way more than I was expecting. It’s just a grey hair for crying out loud. Am I really that vain? But something about it symbolizes the loss of my youth. I felt like the grey hair was saying this is it, you’ve reached your peak. It’s all downhill from here.

Please tell me this isn’t true. I’m only 32. Is that normal?

In defiance to all things grey, I decided to engulf myself in the exact opposite. There’s nothing grey about these. These Black and White bars were calling to me.

Wait, you’re on a diet?

Sorry.

black-white-squaresA lady from church made these for one of our events and I tracked her down for the recipe. They’re sooo good and completely indulgent.layers-001  A layer of buttery Oreos, coconut, milk chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, nuts, and condensed milk.drizzle-chocolateOnce the bars have cooled, drizzle with melted almond bark or chocolate.black-white-squares-singleThese are sinfully rich.

Black and White Squares

Yield: 25-30 squares

Ingredients

  • 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups Oreo cookie crumbs
  • 1 ¼ c. sweetened shredded coconut
  • ¾ c. milk chocolate chips
  • ¾ c. white chocolate chips
  • 1 ¼ cups pecan or walnut pieces
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 ounces almond bark for drizzling (you can use whatever chocolate you would like here to substitute)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat the bottoms and sides of a 9x9x2 inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the Oreo crumbs and butter until combined. Place in the bottom of the baking pan. Sprinkle the shredded coconut, milk chocolate chips, and white chocolate chips. Scatter on the pecans or walnuts, and lightly press down the nuts with your fingertips. Pour the sweetened condensed milk evenly over the top, taking care to drizzle it uniformly to ¼ inch of all four sides of the pan.
  3. Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until set and light golden brown on top. Set the pan on a rack to cool completely. You can place it in the refrigerator to cool faster.
  4. Once the bars have cooled, melt the almond bark and drizzle on top. Refrigerate until drizzle has set and cut into small squares with a sharp knife. Store in an airtight tin, in one layer or with wax paper separating each layer. I like to keep mine in the fridge.

Notes

Source: from Judy Bartmess and adapted from Chocolatier Magazine

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  1. Don’t worry, I found a grey hair when I was 19. It doesn’t mean your old. It means you’re happy enough for your hair to relax! Or stressed…not sure. :) Just found your blog today…super excited to try some recipes! Thanks!

  2. Talking about hair and food at the same time totally grosses me out!! One way to stay away from the sweets! ha ha…

  3. Looks amazing and so sinful! But one question: do you have to cut with a sharp wife, or would a husband do the job too? ;)

  4. I’ve been freaking out about grey hair, too, and I haven’t even reached the big 3-0! I worry there’s more than what I can see. Will my hair dresser tell me it’s time for my first dye job? Oh man, I need one of these now to calm me down!

  5. DO NOT worry about the grey hair, Christy! It just means you are living your life! My hubby and I used to tease our kids, point to different grey hairs, and say, “This one is from you, Bill, and this one I got from Cliff!” lol Just get a little more highlights next time, and you’ll never know! And you’re lucky……your grey will blend nicely with your hair color……I’m very dark brunette, so each and every one SHOWS! That’s why I highlight now! :o)

    And thanks for the recipe……looks amazing…..and easy, too! Yum!

  6. Diet? What’s that? These bars look amazing. And maybe its just because I have five kids who like to talk about grody things, but it would take more than hair-talk to make me stay away from these babies.

  7. I found my first at 21. Now, at 49, I have almost as many grays as browns, and I love ‘em all. I’m exactly the way Mother Nature meant for me to be!

  8. These looks so goooood! I’m pinning it to try later on this month.

    I’m turning 33 next month- I’m not sure I’m ready to come to terms with that number yet…

    -m

  9. oh wow, these look amazing! Will have to try out the recipe :)

    I’ve been plucking out one white/grey hair for ages, and I’m only 27. No biggie! Just hope he doesn’t make friends and I wake up one morning with 20!!

  10. Why did you post this? I’m trying to do better and this looks so good :(

  11. I’m 39 and I have a quite a few, I probably found my first one around 35. (sigh)

    The bars look just heavenly! I don’t comment much but I’m a huge fan of your blog! :)

  12. Diet be DAMNED! I’m making these. Luckily at 37/38, my “dirty-blonde” hair has shown zero signs of grey. Woot!

  13. Holy crap those look dangerous! One grey hair is nothin’!!

  14. I’m pretty sure I got my first grey hair in my 20′s. But I’ve been coloring it with highlights, lowlights and all over color that I wouldn’t even know how grey I actually am right now! These cookie bars look divine!!

  15. Don’
    t worry about it. I’ve been finding gray hairs occasionally since I was a teenager. I don’t dye my hair, and I still have long dark hair like I’ve always had.

  16. These look completely sinful….so I have to make them right away! Excellent post!

  17. I found my first grey hair this past year on my 29th birthday! As if approaching the big 3-0 wasn’t hard enough but to find a grey hair on my birthday! At least you did what I did and indulged in a sweet treat!

  18. I’ve had a couple grey hairs for years. I’m only 24.

  19. About that grey hair … For many of us, grey is like wrinkles – a badge of honor. I earned every single one of them.

  20. I tell everyone I don’t have grey hair, they are sliver highlights. I love that this recipe doesn’t take a 9×13 pan. Making something that big would be way too dangerous to have around. This could be devoured by my grown sons when they visit in one sitting. Love your recipes, your stories and the pictures of food and best of all your cute family.

  21. Got my first gray hair at 16. I think you’ll be OK. :0)

  22. i love everything about these christy! every single layer. what is not to love? layered bar desserts like this are so easy to make and there are so many different tings to add/remove and truly make them amazing. sorry about that pesky gray hair. :(

  23. I found my first grey at 16 and am about 20% grey now at only 28 :( It’s just genetics.

  24. Really??? You haven’t had gray hair before now?? I think I was 18 when I found my first one! My grandma’s hair turned completely white before she was 30, so I’m happy with the scattered grays I have. ;)

  25. Great Recipe !

  26. LOVE your blog – have been using it lots since I started reading at the end of 2012. I made the see’s copycat fudge for a family holiday party – which was huge hit – especially with the little ones who *needed* the extra sugar rush, and the tomato-basil-parmesean soup for a weekend when I was helping my sister re-paint a room in her house. Both were super winners, and I’m excited to keep cooking!
    Regarding your hair – no worries. I found my first gray when I was 25, literally the day after I had thrown my Mom a fabulous surprise 50th Birthday party. I ran into her bedroom with the offending lock in between my fingers – convinced that the stress of planning her big day is what did me in. She had a good laugh as she pointed at her mostly gray head and said, “well, dear, I call that payback.” I’m now 31 and have a relatively large streak of gray in the front of my head – and I think I’m going to keep it there. Whatever you decide to do with yours, remember that age is only a number and there’s nothing wrong with physically showing the world that you have some years under your belt. Let’s not forget the fact that you look awesome for a woman who “eats everything” and has had 4 children. Keep up the great posts for your fellow gray haired fans! Enjoy your day!

  27. Nothing to worry about. My dad was completely grey by the age of 32. It has become a point of pride for him. But you know, that’s what salons are for, right?

  28. These bars look amazing! And I found my first gray hair a year or so ago (I’m 30) and promptly plucked it out and I’m happy to report two did NOT grow back in its place:)

  29. This site is going to be on my blogroll, my friend is gonna love all the recipe’s here :) thanks!

  30. yum!!!!