Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Tuesdays with Dorie: Caramel Crunch Bars

I have waited all month to make these guys! Whitney from What's left on the table picked these for this weeks TWD. They're basically a candy coated shortbread. Toffee bits, chocolate and cookie, YUMMY!

For mine, I used dark chocolate in the crust, crushed up some instant coffee (rolling pin and baggie) to make a powder, then semi sweet and milk chocolate for the topping and then drizzled them with more melted chocolate after the sprinkling of chopped Heath bars. Even with the 1/4 tsp of cinnamon in the crust, I sure could taste that over all the chocolate, not over powering, but it was there. I lined my pan with parchment and baked for the time suggested, but I think it could've gone longer. The dough didn't seem quite brown and crisp.
These are pretty rich too, so I cut them into small pieces. As Dorie suggested freezing them (and making ice cream sandwiches), I tried a few frozen and found them hard as a rock to bite. I'll keep them at room temp thanks and yes they're even better the next few days, all nice and soft! =)
I posted a photo preview-sneak-peek on my Facebook, and Dorie being the sweetie she is, commented me back on my photo! Thanks Dorie!

I used mini Heath and dark Hershey bars, thanks to the sales

bubbly crust

*Dorie is such a sweetheart to comment back! =)

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19 Lovely Comments:

vibi said...

What gorgeous pictures you took of... the killer bars, Rachelle!

LOL LOL LOL I just realized that Dorie hadn't gotten a reedition of here book out, yet! LOL really thought it was a hard cover! ...that the pictures are soooo perfect! WOW!

LeslieVeg said...

Ok... confession time... Leslielovesveggies and Leslieloveschocolate! You are killing me!!! I am dying for chocolate! I am going to make a cup of tea! hahahah These TOOOOOOOO GOOOOOOD!

Pamela said...

The bars look great. I love the chocolate you drizzled on top. Really pretty!

Jess said...

Those look incredible - great cross-section shot! (Mine were too crumbly to cut them that neatly.)

TeaLady said...

Funny! I didn't know Dorie had a new book cover. They are pretty enuff to be there. Great job.

Linda said...

GORGEOUS looking bars --- I love how you can see the beautiful chunks of chocolate and toffee in the first photo.

Ingrid said...

Marvelous photos!!! I love the one of the bubbly crust!

Your bars look perfect....makes me want to run out and make a batch myself.

That was cool that Dorie commented!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

wow--stunning! you took something so simple, and made it really beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Oh gosh, yours look so amazing with that extra chocolate drizzled on top! Great idea!!

Snooky doodle said...

these look delicious! Wish to try this recipe the only problem is I would devour them by myself :))

Sophie said...

I love all the chocolate that go into these, great idea to use the minis!

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