Friday, February 27, 2009
Toffee-Topped Bars (and other cookie recipes!)
I have had this recipe in my recipe binder forever. I came in one of those "please buy our recipe card collection" packets. The ones where they give you some sample cards and then want you to pay lots of money for more card, you know? I didn't buy the "more" cards, but I kept the sample ones.
I've been meaning to try this recipe for years and somehow it just never made it to the top of the to-do list. Last week I needed a recipe to take to a gathering I was going to and these just seemed like the ones.
I would make these again, they were very good, and my whole family (as well as the women at my gathering) liked them. However, I am not sure why they are called "toffee-topped" bars. There is no toffee anywhere! I thought, as I was making them, that the part you sprinkle on would melt into a toffee type layer. No such luck. I'm thinking adding some toffee chips would be a good addition - I felt cheated!
In a large mixing bowl mix together:
2 c. packed brown sugar
2 c. all purpose flour
Using a pastry cutter or two knives (or your stand mixer) cut in:
1/2 c. (1 stick) butter or margarine
When it looks like coarse crumbs, remove 1 cup of the mixture and set aside.
To the mixture in the large bowl, add:
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
Lightly beat in:
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 c. milk
Continue beating until a smooth batter forms. Pour batter into a greased 9x13 pan.
In a small bowl combine:
1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 c. chopped walnuts
1/4 c. flaked coconut (optional)
Sprinkle the reserved crumb mixture over the batter in the pan. Sprinkle with the chocolate chip mixture. Using a long flat spatula, spread topping evenly over the top of the batter in the pan.
Bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool bars completely before slicing. (yeah, right, like that's going to happen!)
These were better the second day. Seems like a lot of bar type recipes are like that. Not that there is much left the second day at my house!
Here are some links to other cookie recipes I have done.
Apple Berry Bars are truly wonderful and I can even trick myself into thinking that they are healthy, too.
We made Celebration Chocolate Revel Bars to celebrate the the inauguration. You don't have to wait for the next inauguration to make them. Celebrate Tuesday, just cause you can.
If you, like me, love caramel, try making the Caramel Frosted Brown Sugar Drops. We made them again for our Superbowl party. They are still cookies to die for!