Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Caramel Crunch Bars (TWD)

This week's Tuesdays With Dorie recipe, Caramel Crunch Bars, was selected by Whitney of What's Left On The Table (please visit Whitney's blog for the recipe).

This cookie is essentially a shortbread with morsels of chocolate (I used bittersweet) distributed throughout and topped with more chocolate and toffee candy (I hand-chopped Skor toffee bars).

Instead of using a 9x13" pan (as instructed in the recipe), I used a square muffin pan to make individual cookies.

Dorie Greenspan notes that these cookies are great for ice cream sandwiches. With that in mind, I added a scoop of 7 bean vanilla ice cream (I will be sharing this over-the-top recipe later this week):
Then, I drizzled slightly warmed chocolate sauce on top:
This cookie is delicious on its own. Who knew that little ice cream and chocolate sauce would elevate this into a spectacular dessert --- YUM!

36 comments:

doughmesstic said...

ummm.oh my lord. those pics are killing me.

chocolatechic said...

I left off the drizzle.

Drat!

Yours look wonderful

Amanda said...

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

Mary Jo said...

i think i get fatter just looking at your pictures, they're great once again. looking forward to the ice cream recipe :)

vibi said...

I'm just passing through... LOL for this vision of sugar, will take me into deep diabetic coma!

Oh... but how tempting, it is!

Beautiful, Linda!

farah said...

Oooh, absolutely delicious!

Jules Someone said...

Oh, holy smokes. That looks absolutely amazing.

pinkstripes said...

SEVEN BEAN vanilla ice cream?! WOW. It must be amazing. Can't wait for the recipe.

I agree--ice cream elevated these bars to the next level. I loved them without ice cream, but they were even better with it.

Your bars look amazing. YUM!

Erin said...

These look wonderful! I love the ice cream on top!

Lauren said...

Um, I absolutely love your blog. Can never eat any of this stuff (allergies), but the food porn factor completely blows other blogs out of the water!

Jennifer said...

vanilla extreme!!! YUM!!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

oh man--that looks super good!

Madam Chow said...

These look like they turned out great, but the vanilla ice cream recipe sounds awesome! I baked them in a 9x9 inch pan and they turned out pretty thick, but oh-so-good.

TeaLady said...

O.M.G. That last picture is to die for. The bars themselves were good, but with that ice cream AND the caramel sauce -- I am speechless.

Rachel said...

I used Skor Bars too! Your ice cream sundaes look amazing!

Sara said...

Oh boy, that looks like a great cookie sundae. I am drooling a little.

finsmom said...

These look deadly! I cant wait to make them!

Thanks for sharing! Great photos!

Tracey said...

Wow, now that is one fantastic looking ice cream sundae! Great job!

SUGAR B said...

Linda, you are killing me with the chocolate sauce on top!

Gimme gimme gimme!

Jaime said...

ummm pass me a plate! i wish i had ice cream this week!

Bria said...

Oh my that looks SO decadent!! Yum!

Kayte said...

Oh, square muffin tins, I don't even KNOW about those...I learn something new every single week. Your bars look really good and then way over the top with all the dressing up! Wow...Kudos to YOU! Very nice blog...I have never visited before, and it is lovely.

Kimberly Johnson said...

Oh my heck! What a completely decadent dessert! Brilliant! Square muffin pans? I must have these. Can't wait for the vanilla ice cream post.

leanne said...

That last picture is killing me. 7 bean ice cream. Yum. I agree it is an AWESOME cookie to pair ice cream or whipped cream with.

Ingrid said...

That last photo is fantastic! I wish that was my plate!
~ingrid

happytummy said...

oooh, individual cookies made in muffin tins--brilliant! love it. and with the vanilla ice cream...gosh, that looks fantastic. i'm definitely coming back for that ice cream recipe!!

Carol Peterman said...

Oh my, that looks over the top delicious. Seven bean vanilla ice cream is uber-decadent. I look forward to the recipe!

The Food Librarian said...

This is crazy awesome. Crazy yummy.

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Your bars look just wonderful! I especially like the "sundae". To. Die. For.

Teanna said...

That seven bean vanilla ice cream looks AMAZING! I can't wait for the recipe!

carmencooks said...

ooh boy ...... a big scoop of ice cream on top of those bars looks heavenly.

Banjo said...

Oh my, your pictures have me drooling and cursing myself that I have given up sweets for lent! argh!!! The bars were just fantastic weren't they?? Darn, guess Ill just have to wait 38 more days to try them with ice cream. ;)

Stephanie said...

Holy cow...that hot chocolate picture is incredible. YUM!

Sara said...

caramel and chocolate...AND ice cream...too good to be true

Engineer Baker said...

Ooo, drizzly chocolate sauce. Can't say no to that one. Beautiful job!

Leslie said...

Oh my, look at those little vanilla specks in that last picture. The chunks of toffee. The chocolate sauce. You've taken Dorie's recipe to a whole new level. That last photo is drool-worthy.

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