These are my absolute favorite dessert….well these and carrot cake. These actually hold a special place in my heart. Two summers ago when I broke my jaw and had it wired shut, the only thing I wanted to watch on TV was the Food Network (I know, why did I torture myself like that?!) This was before I started cooking and the REASON I started cooking. I was watching Paula Deen and she made these Five Layer Bars and they were the most scrumptious thing I had ever seen. I wrote down the recipe and said “This is the first thing I am going to make when I eat stuff like this again!” And it was. So began my love for cooking and my LOVE for these dessert bars. While I do love her original recipe, I prefer them this way with the white chocolate and cranberries. Also, macadamia nuts and white chocolate together can’t be beat!
*This last time I made them, I used store bought gram cracker crumbs because I thought it would save me from having to make them myself. They still tasted great but they seemed to not stay together as well. I will make my own crumbs from now on.
**If you want to see a good version of what the crust should look like, check out these Nutella Hazelnut Magic Bars!