Hershey Dream Bars

Baking is a holiday tradition for a lot of families. And that’s where many precious memories have their roots.

hershdreamCookies, bars and the like were always abundant at our house when I was growing up. My mom used to spend hours baking in the weeks that led up to Christmas. And she was very good at it.

Mo  had a good teacher, my Grandma Menard. I can think of at least a half-dozen types of sweets that Mom used to make during the holidays that she learned how to make from my grandma. Among them were divinity, penoche, rolled butter cookies and date bars.

Perhaps my favorite, though, were the Hershey Dream Bars, which were nothing more than sugar and chocolate. (How couldn’t something like that be good?)

I’ve been busy this past week or so, trying my hand at holiday baking. I’ve made Peanut Butter Blossoms, the recipe for which you can find on my blog, as well as date bars and, of course, the Dream Bars.

If you’re a chocolate connoisseur like me, give the following recipe a try. I’m sure you’ll love it!

Hershey Dream Bars
1 cup brown sugar
1 cups shortening (butter or margarine)
1 egg yolk
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
6 or 7 Hershey milk chocolate bars
Mix sugar and shortening. Add egg yolk, flour and vanilla. Mix well. Press into a 9-by-13-inch pan.
Bake at 375 degrees until brown, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and place Hershey bars on top. Spread the melting chocolate, entirely covering pans contents.
Sprinkle with nuts, if desired.
Cool and cut into bars.
Yield: About 16 bars.

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