Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christmas Baking. Day 5. Cookie #15. Chewy Toffee Almond Bars.

Rosie is tired. But she keeps trudging on. I'm making Butter Brickle Bars today, AKA Chewy Toffee Almond Bars.
Ma mise. Or is it mon mise? Is a mise feminine or masculine? How do those French do it? How does one assign a gender to everything? Butter Brickle/Chewy Toffee Almond Ingredients: 2 sticks butter 1/2 cup sugar 2 cups flour 1 8 oz pkg Bits of Brickle. 3/4 cup light corn syrup 1 cup sliced almonds, divided Heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter 9 x 13 pan. Beat butter and sugar until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Gradually add flour, beating until well-blended. Press dough evenly into prepared pan. Bake 15-20 minutes, until edges are lightly browned. Back at the Ranch, while the base is baking, combine the package of Heath Bits O Brickle and corn syrup over medium heat, stirring constantly, until toffee melts. Stir in 1/2 cup almonds and 1/2 cup coconut. Spread toffee mixture to within a 1/4 inch of edges. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup almonds and remaining 1/4 cup coconut over top. Bake an additional 15 minutes, or until bubbly. Cool on racks. Once again, I must take issue with the good people at Heath and their misuse of the apostrophe. It should be "bits O' Brickle" not "bits 'O Brickle." Pet peeve of mine. Same with people who spell y'all as ya'll. Ya'll is wrong. Please don't do it. It's an especially egregious error if you're from the north.
Cream the butter until light and fluffy - about 3 minutes with a standing mixer, 6 minutes if hand-held.
With beaters going,
add in sugar, gradually. Use a spatula to scrape up from the bottom and sides.
Lower speed and slowly add in flour.
Turn dough mixture out onto buttered 9 x 13 inch pan.
Using plastic wrap, spread dough evenly. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes, or until edges are slightly browned. While the base is baking, prepare topping.
Pour butter brickle bits into a medium sauce pan.
Add in corn syrup.
Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until bits are melted.
When toffee is melted, add in nuts ...
... and coconut.
Mix well.
Baked base, melted toffee mixture, remaining toasted almonds, remaining coconut.
Pour toffee mixture over top of base ...
... and spread evenly.
Sprinkle remaining coconut over top ...
... and remaining almonds.
Bake at 350 degrees for an additional 15 minutes until center is booblee.
Tasty little morsels indeed.

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