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Salted Chocolate Graham Bites

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Delicious, salted chocolate graham bites are a super easy, chewy, bar cookie, that when cut into bite size pieces makes oodles for a holiday party, cookie exchange, or just to tuck into lunch boxes for a special holiday surprise.

Also called Magic Bars, because these magically come together with very few ingredients and taste like magic!

Looking for more great Christmas cookies? Try these: Classic Shortbread, Eggnog Gooey Butter Cookies, Koulourakia Greek Cookies, and of course the classics like Joy’s Cutout Sugar Cookies and Oatmeal Rolled Sugar Cookies.

Salted chocolate graham bite with red and white bakers twine on white napkin with jingle bell in background.

I made these chocolate graham bites Thanksgiving week, while we were staying in Crested Butte with family.

I only tell you this because I was in a rental kitchen, at even higher than my normal high altitude and these babies turned out great! Bake away, even in a rental!

Close up image of a powdered sugar graham bite with silver jingle bells in background on red, Christmas plate.

Today’s Salted Chocolate Graham Bites recipe is a part of a food blogger virtual cookie swap (The Sweetest Season) hosted by my friend Erin at The Speckled Palate. Here’s how Erin describes it.

“A yearly celebration of sugar and butter. A gathering of Internet friends around a virtual cookie table. A way to make new friends, share new recipes and prepare for the upcoming holiday baking season.”

Erin at The Speckled Palate
Christmas red rimmed plate filled with two types of graham bites, salted chocolate and powdered sugar with jingle bells.

In fact my oldest son asked me at least twice, with an edge to his voice I might add,

How long have you had this recipe?” and when I answered, “awhile”, he said, “WHY is THIS the first time you are making them??” with a look on his face, that only a 17 year old can have when feeling like he’s been jipped in the cookie department!

Whatev’s! Plus my adult nieces, nephews, brother and sister-in-law, gobbled them up!

I love cookie exchange treats that can easily be made in bulk, so-to-speak. Meaning I am not scooping, rolling or cutting cookies for hours on end.

Process shots for salted chocolate graham bites. 1. chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, bourbon vanilla. 2. Pouring condensed milk into bowl with chips. 3. Adding vanilla to mix. 4. pressing graham mixture into baking sheet.

Simple Chocolate Graham Bite Ingredients

  • 1 box (14 oz) organic graham crackers (3 sleeves)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 bags milk chocolate chips, divided (I used Ghirardelli)
  • 2 (14 oz) cans organic sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract (I used my homemade bourbon vanilla)

  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • Fleur de Sel or Flaky Sea Salt
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (optional topping in place of melted chocolate)
  • ¾ cup finely chopped pecans (optional)
  • See below for Gluten free and dairy free options
Salted chocolate graham bites process shots. 1. read to go into oven. 2. after baking. 3. cooled bites going into powdered sugar and 4. drizzling chocolate on top of squares.
Pinterest image for holiday salted chocolate graham bites with bite taken out of chocolate covered graham cookie.

Can I make Chocolate Graham cookies ahead of time?

YES! These last well on the counter up to 7 days in an airtight container, may be frozen up to 3 months.

Note that the chocolate might get a bit grayish (still very edible) and the powdered sugar might melt into the cookie. My recommendation would be to freeze as a whole or just the squares before you finish them.

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Salted Chocolate Graham Bites
Yield: 100 bites

Salted Chocolate Graham Bites

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Soft, creamy, chewy, chocolatey -- all the good things in a cookie! Plus, these Salted Chocolate Graham Bites come together in less than 10 minutes and make a TON!

Ingredients

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350° F (325° for high altitude or dark pans). Line a 9x13 inch pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil, leaving an overhang. Spray with non-stick oil.

In the bowl of a food processor place 1 sleeve at a time of graham crackers (crushing in the package by hand before dumping in), pulse until fine crumbs, dump into mixing bowl and repeat process.

Alternatively, this might work in a blender in small batches or place graham's in a sturdy baggie, crushing with a rolling pin, then rolling until fine crumbs.

In a large mixing bowl combine graham cracker crumbs, chocolate chips, cinnamon, (pecans if using), sweetened condensed milk, vanilla and sea salt. Stir until combined. It will be very thick and sticky.

Scoop batter into prepared pan and using plastic wrap or slightly damp hands, press batter evenly into pan. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes, just until set. If at altitude start checking at about 18 minutes. Bars should look dull once ready. Don't overbake, it's better if underbaked.

Cool completely on wire rack. For easier cutting, freeze for 30 minutes after cooling (or may be frozen at this time), slice into 1 inch bites.

Decorating Graham Bites

For powdered sugar coating, simply place powdered sugar in a bowl and turn cookie bites coating all sides, allow to sit for 15 minutes before serving.

Melt half package of chocolate chips in microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments, stirring in between until melted. Drizzle onto graham bites and immediately sprinkle with flaky sea salt or fleur de sel.

TIP | I only decorated a couple of dozen at a time, wrapping the balance of the bar and keeping in the freezer. If cutting from frozen, allow to sit on counter for 20-30 minutes before slicing.

May be frozen in an airtight container for up to 3 months pre-decorating.

Decorated, store in airtight container on counter for 5-7 days.

More Options

Make with chocolate graham crackers and top with white chocolate drizzle

Try with butterscotch, dark chocolate, semi-sweet, white chocolate or caramel chips

S'more bites, but adding 1 cup mini marshmallows bits to the batter, or place on the chocolate.

Notes

Gluten Free & Dairy Free Options

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

100

Serving Size:

3

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 30Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 20mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 0g

The nutritional information is estimated and may not be entirely accurate, at times it pulls information for suggestions and options which may increase calories, etc.

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