Monday, February 6, 2012

Chocolate Chip and Caramel Cookie Bar

This week end was a lot of fun, I packed the girls in the car and drove an hour and a half south of Gainesville to a lure coursing get together. I thought that Trysta might be into that since she always wants to run, especially after cats and squirrels. It turns out she was not interested at all, she would much rather play with other whippets :). I did come back with a nice sun burn... which is amusing considering that many of my Facebook friends are posting pictures of snowy landscapes...

Anyway, lunch was a potluck, with a lot of DELICIOUS food!!!! I decided to take that opportunity to bake that cookie bar recipe. I have to say that any recipe that takes more than 2 sticks of butter has to be made for a crowd. I doubled the recipe and it did not turn out exactly ass I expected :). It was more of a very chocolaty goeey brownie, especially after sitting in the sun for a few hours ;).

This is probably AMAZING with some vanilla ice cream, but you might want to make that your dinner...

Chocolate Chip and Caramel Cookie Bar
Recipe adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod
- 4 1/4 c AP flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 3 sticks (!!!) butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
- 2 c brown sugar
- 1 c sugar
- 2 large egg
- 2 large egg yolk
- 4 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 c chocolate chips (I would probably use 3 next time)
- 22 oz caramel candy squares, unwrapped
- 6 tbsp heavy cream

- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spray an 11 by 13 casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.
- In the large bowl, mix the melted butter and sugars together until combined. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla extract and mix until smooth. Slowly add the dry ingredients and mix with a spoon, just until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
- In a large microwave safe bowl, combine the caramels and heavy cream. Microwave caramels on high until caramels are melted, stirring every 20 seconds.
- Divide the cookie dough in half. Press half of the cookie dough into the prepared pan. Pour hot caramel over the cookie dough. Drop spoonfuls of cookie dough over the caramel it will cover the caramel when  it cooks.
- Bake cookie bars for 30 minutes or until the top of the bars are light golden brown. Cut bars into squares and serve.

Enjoy!!! (warm)

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