Molly Yeh’s delicious halva bars are not only simple to make, they are a great way to play around with some lesser-used ingredients like rosewater, toasted pistachios, and sweetened condensed milk. You’ll be back for seconds.
Cooling time: 20 minutes
Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease a 9-by-9-inch pan with cooking spray and line with parchment, leaving a 2-inch overhang.
Add the butter to the prepared pan. Spread the graham cracker crumbs and salt evenly over the bottom of the pan. Add the chopped chocolate, halva and pistachios.
In a medium bowl, stir the condensed milk with the vanilla and rosewater, if using. Pour evenly all over the layers in the pan. Sprinkle the coconut on top, then top with the rose petals if desired.
Bake until the edges are golden brown, about 25 minutes. Let cool before cutting into bars.