Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Toffee Bars

Toffee Bars
Image and recipe from Betty Crocker
                                                                                                                                         

We were going to have lunch with our friends the other day after church.

This is my friend who is a good cook.

This is my friend who always makes an appetizer.

And sets it on the corner of her island.

And we all just stand around munching, while she finishes cooking.

I love this friend!

I told her I would bring a dessert.

I looked for a new and easy recipe for this holiday season and I found this.

It sounded good.

When I gave some choices to the Mr. on what I should take, he picked this one too!
I messed with the direction part of the recipe.

I may have messed it up -- but I won't know until tomorrow when we serve it!


Toffee Bars

1 cup butter or margarine, softened                                     
1 cup packed brown sugar                                     
1 tsp vanilla                                           
1 egg yolk                                   
2 cups all-purpose flour                                           
1/4 teaspoon salt                                           
2/3 cup milk chocolate chips                                           
1/2 cup chopped nuts, if desired

Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, mix butter, brown sugar, vanilla and egg yolk. Stir in flour and salt. Press in ungreased rectangular pan, 13x9x2 inches.

Bake bars 25 to 30 minutes or until very light brown (crust will be soft). Immediately sprinkle chocolate chips on hot crust. Let stand about 5 minutes or until chocolate is soft; spread evenly. Sprinkle with nuts.

Cool bars 30 minutes in pan on wire rack. For bars, cut into 8 rows by 4 rows.

**Here's where I may have made a mistake.  When I dumped the dough into the 9 X 13 pan, it appeared as though this would be making a thin bar cookie.  I didn't want that.

So I put the dough into an 8 X 8 pan, which made it thicker -- but I'm not sure that I cooked it long enough!  You know, it's a new recipe -- sometimes it's trial by error!  I did add additional baking time, but perhaps not enough!

Also!  I didn't think that 2/3 cups of chocolate chips were enough, so I added about a cup, or two, or maybe a cup and a half . . .but more than 2/3's!  My boy cherub thought it was too much chocolate, but he was the only one who thought that!

Happy baking!

I've made these since last Sunday, and I made them in the smaller pan again too.  I did bake it longer and when I pulled it from the oven, it didn't fall, which told me I had baked it long enough!  I sent them on to some friends who had just arrived home from having a baby . . . and they didn't complain; but heck, they're too tired to complain!

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