Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Tuesdays With Dorie - Caramel Crunch Bars



My friend Sandy looked at the recipe rotation for February and all she said was 'Make sure i get some of those Caramel Crunch Bars!'.  Most weeks she is part of my group of friends that taste and review my baking efforts, so I made sure some were put aside for her and her kids.  They loved them!



Whitney from What's left on the table chose this weeks recipe.  I'm not sure if i would make this typically but i'm so glad i did, they are delicious!  I love the cookie part, so moist and yummy!  I can't really handle dark or milk chocolate very well, i get headaches, so i have just taken my paracetamol (as i have just eaten a few of these).


My youngest son was watching me make these and was fascinated with the melted chocolate being spread across the base.  I didn't catch him in time and he dipped his finger into the chocolate!


I didn't have any adequate pans so i bought some disposable foil baking pans and used two 7x7 inch pans.  It worked really well and the base wasn't too thin.


As well as distributing some amongst friends and neighbours, i brought some to a playdate my kids and I were attending this afternoon.  One mum asked if she could take the whole plate home.  A successful baking attempt, yay!  My husband and I are really trying to lose weight and get fit so I really shouldn't be eating all this deliciousness but everything in moderation I say :)  I haven't that many I promise!

32 comments:

myfamousrecipe said...

Ha! It's so great how our kids "help" with these baking projects in their own ways.... In the big picture, it's comforting to think that they'll grow up knowing how to cook really delicious things. These bars were SO good.

Teanna said...

They look gorgeous!!! Almost as gorgeous as your son!!! How cute is he?!

pinkstripes said...

Your son looks so cute licking his finger. I love the action shot. Your bars look great.

Nancy said...

Your bars look great! I think it helped to bake them in the smaller pan - yours looks a little thicker than most. That's so cute about your son sneaking a lick of the chocolate!!

Pamela said...

Obviously, you have a new fan in that mom that wanted the rest of your cookies! Way to go! They look great.

Natashya said...

They look great! Your little one certainly approves!

Jess said...

Great pictures - your bars look delicious. Now you know who you can foist all your baked goods on - I also love to bake but like to give away as much as I can. Nice job!

Katrina said...

They look great! Cute boy! (I've got four of em.)

Danielle said...

Hey your doing a good job at staying on track you gave most the cookies away!
They turned out perfect good job.

Melissa said...

Your pans look the perfect size. Glad you enjoyed these so much!

Kayte said...

Oh, those look so very good. Two pans of them. So cute about the little one liking to see the chocolate spreading...I remember well when my boys were little and enjoyed that sort of thing also. It seems like magic to them! Great job.

Megan said...

He's too cute - and what a helper!

What a shame that chocolate brings on the headaches - I feel really bad for you!

TriniGourmet said...

awww your son is too cute :) i don't think they grow out of that phase tho, my bf always shows up when it's time to lick the beaters lol :D these bars should be banned around anyone with lofty dietary aims, I ate the whole batch pretty much singlehandedly :D

dharmagirl said...

your bars look fabulous! i love the photo of your son-he's so thoughtful about that delicious chocolate:) i know what you mean about all the baked goodies and getting fit. i'm still trying to find the right balance with the TWD recipes. i try to give most of them away to friends:)

SUGAR B said...

Yes! These were a hit at my house as well!

Love the thick base and the crunchy top. I am craving for some right now actually.

Good job and I love the pics!

Sara said...

They look great. How cute is your son, sneaking a finger full of melted chocolate! Sounds like these were a success for you, nicely done.
Sara/Imafoodblog

Kaitlin said...

Your un-cut bars looks so yummy in those pans! And your little one seems to like the way they look, too.

vibi said...

Ohhhhhh... I see some finger licking good baby! LOL LOL LOL

What a sugar rush! LOL

Very nice job, Farah! ...the bars, not the baby... oh! well, yeah... the baby too! LOL LOL Why not!

Jennifer said...

Your son getting into the chocolate is TOO precious!

Nice job on the bars! They loook scrumptious!

Joy said...

Your bars look beautiful - the chocolate especially looks perfect!

n.o.e said...

That is absolutely the most adorable picture of the chocolate taster! And your bars are pretty great looking also. Good job pawning off a whole plateful on your friend!
Nancy

Linda said...

Okay, your son is absolutely precious!!!

...and great job on your bars --- these cookies are definitely meant to be shared!

Cathy said...

Adorable little one you have there! Your crunch bars look perfect -- so glad they were a hit!

leanne said...

Wow! This was a huge success if someone wanted to take the entire plate. Great job. They look delicious.

kim said...

they look so good. i thought mine were a little thin in the 9x13. yours look just the right thickness!

Leslie said...

Yours look wonderful! I'm on the same wavelength as your son...my finger may have "accidently" brushed against the melted chocolate. I had to lick it.

I think a lot of us TWDers are trying to lose weight and get fit, so you have lots of company!

Michele said...

Thank you for your sweet comments Farah. I appreciate that you take the time to visit my blog. I think your bars look delicious, and I'm so glad your family enjoyed them!

Di said...

It's always nice to have people willing to take extra baked goods off your hands... =) Your son is adorable.

LyB said...

It's so nice when the things we bake are appreciated! Your bars look great. :)

Van said...

Dearest Farah,

no wonder both your boys look so familiar! How's Ramin and Haris? :) This is Van, ex-trainer from JWT kids gym. I just chanced upon your blog.. Great recipes youve got here. Email me @ mysillygirl@gmail.com to stay in touch.. Cheers!

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