I ran to the store the other day to pick up bread. I walked out with sushi, a pink snowball, and a hostess cherry pie. When will I learn to stop bringing Natalie to the store with me? Geez! Natalie and I had the sushi for lunch and the snowball for dessert. I haven't had one of those in years! It was so marshmallowy fluffy and chocolaty and creamy and coconuty! I want another one! The Hostess cherry pie I gave to the hubby. He adores those little pies. He holds in it his hands with a big smile on his face the entire time he's devouring it. This while he is in bed mind you. The "frosting" (I'm not sure that that stuff is) is flaking off on to his chest and there is cherry goo on the corners of his mouth. Are you turned on yet? I know I am!
Where is this going?
Oh yes, so last night he didn't have a cherry pie to indulge in. I only bought him one. So he cried and whimpered a little about wanting something sweet. All I could find off hand was a bag of Kraft Caramels. It wasn't a Hostess cherry pie but he made do. I knew today that I needed something sweet in the house or he may have a melt down! I grabbed the nearest foodie magazine and flipped through the pages and found Toffee Blondies. They were for Christmas gifts, you know, the kind you put the ingredients in a jar and pretty it up and give it as gifts. Kind of a half-assed gift don't ya think? "Hey there, I made you part of the recipe now you can make the rest!" No offense to anyone who gives those gifts. Really, they are great gifts....digging my hole deeper.....
Ingredients (Yields 16 bars if you make it)
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 3/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts
- 1/2 cup toffee pieces or butterscotch-flavored pieces
- 1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled - I used applesauce but next time I will use butter
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 tsp. vanilla
Layer in a 1-quart glass jar or canister the following ingredients: brown sugar, chocolate pieces, flour, baking powder, salt, pecans, and toffee pieces. Tap jar gently on the counter to settle each layer before adding the next. Cover the jar.
Store the layered jar of cookie ingredients at room temperature up to 1 month. Or attach baking directions and give as a gift.
Baking directions: Grease an 8 x 8 x 2 -inch baking dish. In a large bowl, stir together butter, eggs, and vanilla. Stir in contents of jar until combined. Spread the batter into the prepared pan.
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 - 30 minutes or until set and golden brown and the edges just begin to pull away from pan. Cool in the pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars.
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Total Fat: 9.0 g
Cholesterol: 31 mg.
Sodium: 66 mg.
Protein: 2.9 g.