Tuesday, February 24, 2009

{TWD} Caramel Crunch Bars

Let me just state for the record that I heart chocolate. I truly believe it is its very own food group. What on earth could make chocolate better...besides being paired with raspberry? Being paired with caramel, of course. As soon as I read the title of this recipe I knew there would be love.
The dough/crust called for finely chopped chocolate. I had large chocolate chips but thought I could chop them. Normally my Pampered Chef Chopper would have come in handy for this part but I wanted to chop with a knife. As you can see the chopper probably would have done a better job.

The dough base for the Caramel Crunch bars was A-May-za-zing!!! The kids both gobbled it up and I had to get it in the oven quickly or there wouldn't have been actual caramel crunch bars. Yes, it was That Good.
Heath toffee bits covered the top of this delicious creation. Oh yeah, I also used bittersweet and milk chocolate chips for the chocolate layer. I just didn't think the amount of bittersweet chocolate I had left was going to be enough for these.

My Grandma Ruth and my mom passed down a recipe to me for Cracker Candy. It is kind of a toffee made with butter and brown sugar poured over saltine crackers and baked. You top it with chocolate chips and then you can add extras to the top if you want to. This was similar in taste and texture to that I thought, only a little bit thicker. My Grandmas birthday would have been this month if she was still with us so it was fun to think of her when making this.


Everyone in my family loved this recipe so it will be marked as a winner in my book. My neighbors also seemed to like it..unless they were pretending to make me feel like a good little baker. :)


Thank you to Whitney of What’s left on the table? for choosing Caramel Crunch Bars. You can visit her blog for the recipe. You can also check out the blogroll on the Tuesdays with Dorie site to see how over 300 other bakers did with this recipe.
Next week: Chocolate Armagnac Cake - or The Cake That Got Dorie Fired on pages 279-281 of Baking from My Home to Yours.



19 comments:

Jules Someone said...

We loved these. Yours look just delicious.

Amanda said...

These look perfect, nice job! Mine were a bit crisp, but still tasty :)

Flourchild said...

Yes I agree these are a winner..nice bars!

Katrina said...

I agree that the dough was delicious--and egg free!
Your bars look great! This was a perfect, simple recipe for TWD this week.

chocolatechic said...

These look great.

pinkstripes said...

I'm glad the crunch bars were a hit with your family. I loved them. Especially with ice cream. YOur bars look perfect! YUM!

bakingwiththeboys said...

Anytime your family likes something it is a success. These went pretty quickly at our house, too.

Jess said...

Yours look fantastic - and I agree; this is a great "snacking" dough...

Melissa said...

Glad your family all loved these! And I totally heart chocolate too... especially with caramel!

TeaLady said...

These were quite tasty. Yours look just right.

karen said...

i'm getting interested in this cracker candy, i've read about it a few times.

these bars were a winner, yours look good. i like that last picture with a big bite taken out. :)

n.o.e said...

The whole time I was making these bars I was wondering how they'd compare to the cracker version, which I've seen but never tasted. Thanks for clearing that one up for me! Your bars look great.
Nancy

Montee said...

These look delish! My mouth is watering!

Cathy said...

Your bars look awesome! I agree -- this one is totally a keeper. Interesting to hear how these compare to the cracker candy!

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

Nice that these bars evoked such nice memories for you. Yours turned out great and it sounds like they were much enjoyed! Great job!!

The Food Librarian said...

Delicious! These look great!

Leslie said...

Mmm...yummy! We loved these ( a little too much, so I took them to work). I love the last photo with the bite missing. :-)

LyB said...

Your bars do look fantastic! It's nice that everyone loved them. :)

vdh2a said...

My grandmother also made cracker candy! Can you post a "recipe?" She tells me how to make things by saying things like, "You know that yellow bowl I have? It's about 1/3 of that..." :)

These look so good!!!