Francesca's Gourmet Catering and Cafe Seven Layers of Heaven

Shortbread Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (about 2 1/2 oz.) hazelnuts
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Chocolate layer Ingredients:

  • 4 oz good-quality semisweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk, such as Eagle brand
  • Pinch of salt

Oatmeal-Hazelnut layer Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 cups uncooked oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp whole-wheat flour
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest

Remaining Layers Ingredients:

  • 1 (7 oz.) bag flaked coconut
  • 1/2 (17 1/2 oz.) jar caramel sauce
  • 1 (18 oz.) jar seedless raspberry jam
  • 1 (7 oz.) jar Marshmallow Creme


To toast hazelnuts: Preheat oven to 325° F. Spread nuts on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring often; rub off the papery skins. Coarsely chop nuts and set aside.

To prepare shortbread: Preheat oven to 350° F. Cut 1 1/2 sticks butter into 1/2-inch cubes. Combine butter, 2 cups flour, 1/2 cup brown sugar and salt, and mix until small clumps form. Sprinkle mixture into 9-by 13-inch pan; pat evenly onto bottom and partway up sides. Bake 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown; set aside.

To prepare chocolate layer: Melt chocolate and butter together in a double boiler, stirring occasionally. Stir in condensed milk and salt until smooth. Spread over shortbread crust.

To prepare oatmeal-hazelnut layer: In a large bowl, cream together the 1 stick of butter and 1 cup brown sugar until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla extract; cream again. Add 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, oatmeal, whole-wheat flour and toasted hazelnuts and mix gently. Add lemon zest and mix gently. Set aside.

To assemble: Sprinkle the evenly over the crust, then drizzle the half-jar of caramel sauce over the coconut. Stir jam to make it spreadable, then smooth it over the caramel sauce. In a microwave warm marshmallow creme, stirring occasionally, to make it spreadable, then smooth it over the jam.

Using fingers, crumble spoon-size pieces of hazelnut-oatmeal mixture on top of creme; do not completely cover top - allow other layers to bubble through. (Leftover mixture can be made into drop cookies, baked on ungreased cookie sheet for 8 to 10 minutes).

Bake bars for 10 to 15 minutes, turning pan several times as it bakes. Cool completely. Use hot knife to cut.

Makes 8 to 10

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