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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Chewy Noels: Walnut Cookie Bars - 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats (Week 8)




Guys, this week's treat was a big failure. Or at least it started out that way. Has this happened to you?  I'd love to hear about a kitchen disaster you've had.  Here's what happened to me - I had saved this recipe to make over the weekend. Everything was going fine as I followed along with the simple recipe, starting with melted butter in the bottom of the pan. (no sticking, right?) Then, I got to the step of flipping them out of the pan. It wouldn't come come out! What happened to all of that butter I used?  AGH! Maybe I should have let them sit longer before attempting to flip.


How was I going to cut this into pretty bars?! LOL The taste, on the other hand was enough to knock your socks off.  So good, that I couldn't scrap this disaster.  Instead I scraped  the crumbles into a container and now it's topping my oatmeal in the morning. Yum!

But I had to try again.  I didn't want to bother with the same recipe, though. I went searching and found this one from The Cookie Scoop. It had a crust. That seemed a bit safer. Wouldn't you know, as they were baking, I realized that I never buttered the pan!! LOL Leave it to me. I thought I was setting myself up for a second pan of stuck-on cookie bars, but that didn't happen. (Thank goodness!) They turned out much, much better!  I did follow the recommendation of using less butter in the crust.  I went with 3/4 cup. The result is a rich, chewy-and-a-little-bit-gooey-in-the-center, crunchy-on-top cookie bar. It's kind of like pecan pie. You can make it with pecans if you want.

We're already in Week 8 of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats, hosted by Brenda, at Meal Planning Magic.  It's never too late to jump in if you want to bake along with the rest of us. Look for next week's post a day early due to Thanksgiving.  Have a great Turkey Day, everyone!

Source: The Cookie Scoop

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups AP flour
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter ( I used 12 tbsp.)
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp. AP flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups chopped black walnuts ( or regular walnuts or pecans, even)
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350. Grease or butter a 15 1/2" x 10 1/2" x 1" jelly roll pan. (I made this in a 9x13 pan)

Crust:

Mix together the 2 cups of flour and 1 cup of brown sugar in a large bowl.

Add the butter and mix with your fingers til crumbs form.

Press mixture into your prepared pan and bake 10 minutes.

Take crust out of the oven and let it cool about 10 minutes.

Turn oven up to 375.

Filling:

Beat eggs til light.

Gradually beat in the 2 cups brown sugar, then the vanilla.

In a small bowl, stir together the 2 tbsp. of flour, baking powder and salt.

Add this to the egg mixture along with the nuts.

Pour onto the crust and bake about 20 minutes, or til the top is a nice darker ( but not too dark browned) color.

Cool bars in pan for a few hours so the filling sets well. Cut into sizes you like.

7 comments:

Jill (JBean Cuisine) said...

Gorgeous photo - the look delicious. I betcha someone was happy to enjoy these.

Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection said...

Baking disasters are the worst! But it looks like you got a great recipe the second time around...and some yummy topping for your oatmeal. :) So, it's not all bad!!

Eva @ Eva Bakes said...

The second batch looks great! I tried making one of Dorie Greenspan's cakes once, and it was an utter fail. I haven't attempted the recipe again. =)

Annamaria @ Bakewell Junction said...

Too bad about the first recipe. Your second recipe looks delicious.

Eleanor@eatinglikeahorse said...

They look amazing, with a lovely caramel layer in the middle, must make!

Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen said...

Oh I had a disaster just the other night! I think we all have them every now and then. The final result looks amazing

Martha said...

These look absolutely delicious! Kitchen disasters are an inevitable I think. My brother and I have a cookie recipe website (www.best-ever-cookie-collection.com) where we are hosting a cookie recipe contest with some great prizes. Would love to have you stop by and enter one of your great recipes for a chance to win!

Warmly,
Martha

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