Chocolate Crumb Bars

Level: Intermediate
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 35 min
Cooling Time:
Yields: 30 bars


A delicate crumb base supports a creamy chocolate filling topped with chocolate chips and crunchy, butter cookie crumbs.


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels, divided
  • 1 can (14 oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts, optional


PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease a 13 x 9-inch baking pan.

BEAT butter in a large mixing bowl until creamy. Beat in flour, sugar and salt until crumbly. With floured fingers, press 2 cups crumb mixture onto bottom of prepared baking pan; reserve remaining mixture. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are golden brown.

COMBINE 1 cup morsels and sweetened condensed milk in a small, heavy-duty saucepan. Warm over low heat, stirring until smooth. Stir in vanilla extract. Spread over hot crust.

STIR nuts and remaining morsels into reserved crumb mixture; sprinkle over chocolate filling. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until center is set. Cool in pan on wire rack.

Chocolate Crumb Bars

by L. Linda , Colfax,WI on Nov. 2010

I have made these bars NUMEROUS times for home, work, and to take somewhere. They are always a hit and so easy to make! I always add a little more flour to the topping to make it a little more crumbly.

You can use less butter

by L. Leona , Flower Mound, TX on Aug. 2010

I made this recipe with 3 tablespoons less butter than the recipe called for, and the texture was great.

OK Bars

by K. Kathy , Salina, KS on Jul. 2010

This recipe needs some help. Either there is too much butter in the recipe or not enough flour to make the batter crumbly as the recipe states.


by S. Susan , Terre Haute, Indiana on Jul. 2010

My daughter received a phone call from her uncle-in-law asking if her mom was bringing those wonderful "cookies" that she brought to last year's 4th of July party. What greater praise. These are fabulous for parties or anytime.


by M. Monir , charlotte, NC on May. 2010

these were fantastic but they had a little too much butter

Crumb Bars

by R. Robin , , on Mar. 2010

This dessert is one of families favorites. Rich chocolate and pecans make an exellence combination. I substitue pecans for the walnuts. We just love them!

Warm Chocolate Delight

by M. MAXIE , Grand Blanc, MI on Mar. 2010

We make these often and everyone asks for them. They are irrestible when eaten warm!!

Rename these to Better than Sex Bars

by C. Cynthia , Lake Villa, IL on Mar. 2010

I've had to share this recipe with several friends. They are great!

Loved these!

by C. Chrissy , Littleton, CO on Mar. 2010

These tasted wonderful! I couldn't stop snacking on these. Too good!

Avoid these delicious treats

by D. Diane , Federal Way, WA on Dec. 2009

These are sooo good that no one can stop at just one. You will make a pig of yourself eating these fabulous treats!