This week's Tuesdays with Dorie assignment, Caramel Crunch Bars chosen by Whitney, has left me feeling happy about the kitchen again. I've been mostly staying out and I'm feeling guilty about my semi-neglected blog (and husband) but promise to have more coming soon. And well I nearly missed the deadline for these babies, they were worth the wait.
These little cookies are more than delicious. They are also a little philosophical. I spent a good portion of the time mixing them up and spreading chocolate thinking about another Heath. He's been a favorite since Ten Things I Hate About You and A Knight's Tale, and I'll admit I teared up watching his family accept his Oscar. I think we all miss him. (Sorry, no photo credit- I'm not sure where it came from. I wish I could say I took it!)
Not only were these little heath bar cookies easy to make, they didn't dirty too many dishes and came together pretty quickly. I tend to make cookies when I'm looking for a quick fix (or some baking therapy) but I like how simple and fun these were and the nice change of taste and texture. I think the recipe also leaves a lot of room for variation. Since we don't do coffee, I just omitted that with no problem at all. I'm already planning a few different versions- maybe something with peanut butter and white chocolate for my Tall Man? The next batch will also feature more milk chocolate and less bittersweet for my mom.
I think it might be fun to experiment with different shapes, too. This time around, I cut some into big squares for ice cream sandwiches (which I filled with cookie dough- it was down to that or mint, so it was a pretty easy choice!) and little bite size cookies for my hubby to take to work. Don't forget to check Whitney's blog for the recipe and come back Thursday for Barefoot Bloggers and the Yoplait giveaway winners.