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.
I miss Heath too....I was so sad when he died. It was very emotional watching his family accepting his oscar on Sunday..RIP Heath x Your ice cream sandwiches look so good, I'm going to have to make these bars! :)ReplyDelete
Genius...PB & White Chocolate would be great I think!ReplyDelete
Beautiful photos of everything- nice choice on Heath as well. :)
I had trouble with the ice cream sandwiches, the cookies were too crisp to bite into the sandwich. Yours look gorgeous! Mine were delicious but very crisp. I ended up using a dark chocolate on the top and they still were all gobbled up. If I had used milk chocolate I don't think they would have lasted until the next day!ReplyDelete
Your ice cream sandwiches have the perfect amount of filling (I went a little overboard) and are in a way a nice little tribute to the other Heath whose death was just another reminder to savor every moment we have. Nice post!ReplyDelete
They look wonderful, Anne. Next time, I will be using some milk chocolate for my boys. Nice job!ReplyDelete
You have the same picture of Heath that I have on my blog this week! Brilliant minds think alike. Your ice cream bars look terrific.ReplyDelete
Your cookies look wonderful, but Heath looks forever young and lovely. Thanks for posting that pic!ReplyDelete
What a nice remembrance of Heath - it is so sad that he's gone.ReplyDelete
Your ice cream sandwiches look great!
These look just delicious. Nice job!ReplyDelete
Oooooh peanut butter and white chocolate. Now you are obligated to make that, just for me! Seriously. Then you have to mail me one. Your creations always have me drooling!ReplyDelete
Heath, Heath, and ice cream, all of my favorites! I am drooling over here!ReplyDelete
I have a couple of mine left - I have to put some ice cream in them! Yours look fantastic!ReplyDelete
I love a recipe that turns out great and doesn't leave you stuck with a pile full of dishes to wash! Your ice cream sandwishes look extra delicious. Can't wait to try the recipe!ReplyDelete
I loved A Knight's Tale.ReplyDelete
Your sandwiches look heavenly.
Your crunch bars look great - especially the ice cream sandwich ones! A peanut butter variations sounds wonderful!ReplyDelete
These look great! I really wish i'd had mine with ice cream.ReplyDelete
Oh Heath, I've loved him since the Patriot! So sad. I haven't seen Batman though, it looks too scary for me!ReplyDelete
Oh that looks so yummy! I was beginning to worry about you!ReplyDelete
Great bars..love the ice cream!ReplyDelete
I thought about making this variation. It will be a must next time. :)ReplyDelete
I knew if anyone would make these the way they were shown in the book, it would be you. And I mean that in the nicest possible way! Your stuff always looks great!ReplyDelete
They look great! I love the cookie dough ice cream addition.ReplyDelete
Wow, Anne -- your bars look amazing. So completely perfect as ice cream sandwiches -- I will have to do that next time. I definitely miss the huge talent of the other Heath as well -- definitely a tear-jerking moment to watch his family accepting his posthumous award.ReplyDelete
Your bars look amazing. I loved them and thought they were even better with ice cream. YUM!ReplyDelete
I agree, these bars lend themselves to many variations. Yours look great wrapped around ice cream!ReplyDelete
Those look marvelous!ReplyDelete
They look so wonderful...guys here would not let me put ice cream in them...they loved them just the way they were and were afraid the ice cream would make them mushy...if you could see how fast they eat these, there is no time for anything to get mushy, but they insisted I leave them just as they are. I should show them your photo!ReplyDelete
I wish I was eating one of these right now! They look great!ReplyDelete
i was happy for such an easy week. i loved these as ice cream sandwiches. heath is one of the celebrities i actually get kind of sad about. i teared up too during the oscars.ReplyDelete
Don't you just love how easy these are to make. Yours look great.ReplyDelete
i dont like coffee either, but I left it in and you couldnt really taste it. I so wished we could get peanut butter chips here!!! your bars look great with the ice creamReplyDelete
the photos of the ice cream sandwiches are perfectReplyDelete
Oh your pictures with the melting ice cream are divine! Now you are making me rethink not making ice cream sandwiches with mine.ReplyDelete
I totally agree that this recipe begs to be played with --- looking forward to your experiments. Love the ice cream sandwiches!ReplyDelete
Your ice cream sandwiches look amazing! I really wish I'd tried these with ice cream. Maybe I would have liked them more.ReplyDelete
You inspire me so!ReplyDelete
Love your ice cream sandwiches. They look delicious. PB and white chocolate amazing. I must try it.ReplyDelete
Definitely miss Heath...ReplyDelete
I think cutting these bars into different shapes would have been a great idea!
Yeah, Heath was awesome and your bars looking crazy awesome! I love the ice cream sandwich thing!ReplyDelete
Love the photo of Heath and the Heath bars. They look wonderful!ReplyDelete
oh, honey! this is why i have avoided this blog of yours! i will want to make everything you post! i already need to stop making teats! help! anyway, love the heath comments. i will forever cherish out times being giddy while thinking about/watching him! love ya!ReplyDelete