Thursday, July 26, 2012

Toffee Cookie Bars

I ran upon this tasty little recipe yesterday from here and knew I had to try it out. It was so quick and simple and didn't disappoint. If you like the taste of English Toffee, you'll love these little cookie bars that have a similar taste!

(image also from here)

You will need:
1 C. butter, softened
1 C. brown sugar, packed
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
2 C. flour
1 C. chocolate chips
1/2 C. chopped nuts (optional in my opinion. :D)

**Cream butter and sugar together, add egg and vanilla and mix well. Stir in flour and then spread in a greased 9x13 pan (she suggested patting it with wet fingers and it worked great). Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes (mine took 17) until cookie looks set and edges are starting to brown. Remove from oven and sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top. Wait about 5 minutes and then spread the chocolate and sprinkle the nuts (if you used them). Quickly cut into bars, let chocolate set (I stuck them in the fridge) and enjoy!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Gooey Baked S'mores

(Picture from here)

During the whole month of June we work cows and get them sent to the summer range.  My awesome sis-in-laws and all their kiddos come out and spend the entire month helping us get this huge job done.  Besides working super hard, we EAT really yummy food.  One of the last days they were all here my sis-in-law made this deee-licious treat for us.  If you love s'mores like I do, but hate smelling like camp-fire (like I do!) then this recipe is for you.  It makes an 8x8 size pan so I double it for my crew.  (Oh. And this is where I found the recipe when I was needing a second dose.)

Baked S'mores

1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla 
1 1/3 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt (optional)
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs (approximately 5 full graham crackers)
1 tsp baking powder
2 or 3 super-sized (5 oz.) chocolate bars (e.g. Hershey’s)
1 1/2 cups marshmallow creme/fluff (or mini marshmallows if you must!)


Preheat oven to 350. Grease bottom of  8x8 pan.
In a large bowl or stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light. Beat in egg and vanilla.
In a small bowl, whisk together flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder and salt.
Add to butter mixture and mix at a low speed until combined. 

Divide dough in half and press half of dough into an even layer on the bottom of the prepared pan. Place chocolate bars over dough. Two 5 oz. Hershey’s bars should fit perfectly side by side, but break the chocolate (if necessary) to get it to fit in a single layer.
Spread marshmallow fluff evenly over the chocolate layer. Pace remaining dough in a single layer on top of the creme. This is most easily done by putting the second half of the dough in either a gallon size freezer bag, between two sheets of parchment, or sheets of wax paper.  Then use your palms or rolling pin to flatten it out.  (If using the ziploc use scissors to cut down both long sides of the bag, so it will open up book-style.) Lay the dough down over the marshmallow and then peel off the bag or paper and carefully spread the dough where it is uneven.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool completely or almost completely for the melty factor before cutting into bars. 
These are super rich but so dang good!!  You must try them today!!