Thursday, May 13, 2010

CHOCOLATE TOFFEE PECAN BARS ...sooo easy

these little squares are a must. SOOOooo GOOD ! so easy, so quick, no mess, not even a mixing bowl. you must try them at least once. i must warn you now...if you are one of those who refuses to use ready-made helpers...then look away now. if you are one of those "I NEVER !... " type people...then look away now. if, on the other hand, you are ...way too busy cooking real food...in a hurry...or just plain lazy...you must try this recipe. personally, i'm up for anything that tastes good and makes people love you.

made with only a few ingredients that you probably already have...well...maybe not the scary cookie dough sausage...you might have to run out with a disguise to a market where no one knows you and purchase the... shhhhh....ready-made dough. oh, come on...i'm proud to call the Pillsbury Dough Boy my friend and you will be to after trying this EASY bar recipe. so many different possibilities. change it up with some different flavor combos. i haven't had time to get back to the many ideas i have. i know peanuts and peanut butter has to be worked in somewhere...and i have a big bag of macadamias waiting for something with a little white chocolate...maybe tomorrow.


let's get on with the recipe
many many thanks to Amy at VERYCULINARY.com
Amy's original recipe is found here. i have copied it below for convenience and added notes in bold italics...just a few additions.

PRALINE CRUNCH BARS
makes approx. 20 bars (depending on who's cutting them)
prep-5 min.
total time 1 hour-ish



INGREDIENTS

1 (18 oz) roll refrigerated sugar cookie dough

1/2 cup toffee pieces

1/2 cup finely chopped pecans

1 (12 oz.) bag of miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips. i used milk choc. chips

1/3 cup toffee pieces..i must have used 1/2 cup total on top

1/2 cup rough copped pecans on top as well.



DIRECTIONS

preheat oven to 350 degrees

place cookie dough, 1/2 cup toffee pieces and 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans in a large resealable bag. knead well to combine. press dough evenly into the bottom of an ungreased 9 x 13 baking pan

bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. sprinkle with chocolate pieces immediately after removing from oven...let stand for about 5 minutes or until chocolate has softened and melted...spread over bars and sprinkle with the 1/3-1/2 cup toffee pieces and 1/2 cup chopped nuts.

chill in freezer or fridge until the chocolate sets. cut into bars.

11 comments:

ButterYum said...

Excellent photos!!!

:)
ButterYum

Federica said...

wow che meraviglia!!! complimenti!

M. said...

I don't think I have a choice here...I will have to make these!!!

Mary said...

These look and sound really wonderful. Your recipes and photographs are extraordinary. This is my first visit to your blog. I had intended to stop by and say hello but began to read your earlier posts and stayed far longer than I planned. I'll be back as often as I can. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Marlis said...

Aww, a Yorkie.... my 15 year old passed away in my arms 2 weeks ago. These little friends are the best!!! loved your bars but not as much as your pup.

Nat J said...

These look amaaaazing and I can't wait to try them. At the risk of sounding like a dumb-dumb...what are toffee pieces or more specifically, which brand did you use? I have an idea of what they are but I don't want to screw up this recipe! Thanks for your help.

Jules and Ruby said...

wow..thanks everyone for stopping by with your great comments. made my day.

Marlis...Ruby sends her love.

Nat J. i used Heath Toffee Bits/pieces. they come in a bag like chocolate chips.

i'm making another batch this weekend..maybe some macadamia nuts and coconut?...hmmm...YUM

Deborah Dowd said...

I am definitely making these on my beach vacation- easy, no fuss and delicious-perfect!!!

Anonymous said...

made these, way too sweet

Amy said...

Greetings Jules - haven't checked my analytics program in forever, but just did and noticed the mention from you. Thanks much! Really appreciated. More importantly, aren't these to die for? I have no restraint when I make these, which is why I must exercise daily.

oak dining room table said...

Love the photos! Very beautiful and delicious-looking. I like the bars a lot.

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