Archive for the ‘Brownies and Bars’ Category

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That’s Nuts!

February 10, 2010

Tomorrow at work we’ve got a charity bake/candy/craft sale.  Anyone who wants to can bring in items to donate, and then the entire floor can buy whatever piques their interest.   All proceeds go to the American Heart Association.  Yeah, I know, a little odd to promote cookies and candy to support healthy hearts, but I just viewed it as another opportunity to bake.

I pulled out my newest friend, Pillsbury Best of the Bake-Off Cookies & Bars, and began to browse.  Almost immediately (pg. 14, to be exact), I found exactly what I was looking for – Salted Peanut Chews.  Not too complicated, and hopefully a little different from the brownies and cookies that are bound to be there.   These were easy to make, although it was a little messy spreading the peanut mixture on top of the hot marshmallows.  When it all cooled, however, it looked perfect.

As part of my *ahem* ‘quality control program’ when making a recipe for the first time, I totally nabbed a piece to try.  WOW.  Completely amazing, don’t change a thing.  It had some crispy crunchy, and some ooey gooey, some sweet and some salty.  If a Payday bar and a Fluffernutter sandwich had an illegitimate love child, it would taste exactly like this.  Yum.

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Let the sunshine in

February 9, 2010

Super Bowl Sunday in loveyland turned into a baking marathon.  It started out with a loaf of bread, and all of a sudden it was six recipes and seven hours later.  Almost as long as the game!  I kid, I kid.  I’ll be doling these out one at a time, like the tasty treats are.  Each one deserves to be savored.

First up, a taste of citrus.  Maybe it was a mid-winter craving for sunshine, or a latent ancestral scurvy-avoiding instinct, but we needed some serious tartness.  Happily, earlier in the week I discovered a cookbook devoted to cookies and bars that I had completely forgotten about.  Browsing through led me to a promising recipe for lime bars, but I was not at all pleased at the suggestion to use refrigerated cookie dough for the base.

“Not I!”  said the little red hen!  So I made my own base recipe, and then tweaked the heck out of the filling.  By the time I was done, the original recipe was more of a suggestion than anything, and we were smacking our lips over some majorly tart lime delights.  The white chocolate, pistachios, and coconut help to balance out the sourness without being overly distracting.  Sunshine accomplished! Read the rest of this entry ?

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Nothing wrong with easy, if that’s what it takes

February 3, 2010

As I mentioned earlier,  January was a blur of activity here in loveyland.  Something with chocolate was definitely in order, but I was too worn out to attempt anything new or complicated.  As I sat there with my fist in the Costco-sized bag of chocolate chips, trying to decide what to make and getting whinier by the minute, it came to me.  Classic Toll House cookies!  Nah, still too complex.  Who wants to take the energy to individually scoop out cookies *and* have to put them on a tray???

Absent-mindedly reading the back of the bag – a habit I’ve had as long as I’ve been reading (seriously, who can eat without something to read?) – it hit me between the eyes like a freaking sledgehammer.  Toll House cookie BARS!  Perfect solution when you need something reeeealllly easy and comfortable.  We ended up eating a couple of them, just enough to get a taste, and then the next morning the rest went to mrslovey’s work, where they were devoured instantly.  There’s a reason these are a classic. Read the rest of this entry ?