Tuesday, February 24, 2009

TWD: Caramel Crunch Bars

It's Tuesday again, and you know what that means! Time for the Tuesday's with Dorie crowd to tackle this weeks recipe, Caramel Crunch Bars, chosen by Whitney of What’s Left on the Table?



This was an interesting bar, with a cinnamon coffee cookie base topped with a layer of melted chocolate and toffee bits. Since I'm not a fan of coffee, I made these for a teacher's dinner at my son's school. I figured they were probably quite tasty if you like coffee, so no need wasting them on me.



For the record, I tried them, and as I expected, they weren't my favorite. I think they have potential though. Maybe I'll give them another try someday minus the java. If you'd like to give them a go, please check out Dorie Greenspan's book "Baking: From my Home to Yours" (I promise, you will love it!), or Whitney's site above.

OK, that's that! See you next week when we make Chocolate Armagnac Cake. (Chocolate what?)

31 comments:

Elyse said...

Sorry these weren't up your alley, but I must say your efforts appeared to have paid off: they look delicious to all of us coffee-lovers out there! (Plus, it doesn't hurt that you threw in chocolate and toffee...yum!)

pinkstripes said...

Too bad you didn't like these bars. Your bars look outstanding, though. Here's to next week's recipe!

n.o.e said...

I like coffee but all I could taste in my base layer was the butter! Your bars look great and I'm sure they were appreciated. Oh, and we thought the prune cake was wonderful.
Nancy

Jin Hooi said...

hubby doens't like coffee too, so i made mine without coffee and they turned out great !! sorry u didn't like the bars but they look yummy

doughmesstic said...

No worries - they weren't my fave either - but your pics sure do look great!

Amanda said...

First your pictures are great! Second sorry you didn't like it. I was on the fence, they were pretty good, but I used dark chocolate on top. They would have been better with milk. Oh well!

Matt's Kitchen said...

They were very buttery. As an ice cream sandwich they didn't quite work. The cookie became too hard to bite into!

chocolatechic said...

Sorry you didn't like it.

I loved it.

But then, I halved the espresso and added cinnamon to make up the difference.

Megan said...

Too bad you didn't like them, but you sure made them look great!

BTW - I'm not too sure about that cake, either.....

Maria said...

Sorry these weren't your favorite. If you need someone to eat them, I will:)

Teanna said...

Wow your bars look so good! Sorry you weren't such a fan, but I agree with Maria, I'll totally eat them for you!

TeaLady said...

too bad you didn't like them. I am not a coffee fan either, so I would try a different spice -- chai maybe. But they look great.

Jill said...

They look great! I didn't have coffee, so I left it out, and next time I'd leave the cinnamon out and just have it be more of a basic cookie crust.

Grace said...

i think going with a chai spice is a great idea by tealady. i'm sure i'd like these given the components, but i've no doubt you could make them better. :)

Kimberly Johnson said...

Sorry you didn't like them. I love how you presented them on the cutting board though!

Natashya said...

Well they look perfect! I love the way the are all lined up on the board.

Kristin said...

They look beautiful! I love how you've laid them out on your board.

Bunny said...

I'm not a coffee person either, although i do bake with it cause the kids and hubby like it, the bars look great!

farah said...

These look great! I'm sorry you didn't really like them, i loved mine. :)

spike. said...

I bet those teachers liked them. I'm excited about next week!

Pamela said...

I'm definitely not much of a coffee fan, but the flavors seemed to work better on day 2. Whoever the lucky eaters were, I'm sure they liked them! Nice job.

Jessica said...

Look at those perfect squares -- they're so pretty. I think that these bars are great to give away because chances are most people will like them and they're so easy to make.

Linda said...

Although you didn't like them, those bars look absolutely delicious in your photos!!!

Vera said...

I bet your son will get only A+++ after this :)

Jo said...

I've been meaning to try these ever since I got Dorie's books. And now that it's on TWD, maybe I should. Even though you didn't like the bars, it sure does look delicious.

Cathy said...

They look beatiful! I bet that the teachers loved you! Funny, I didn't taste any coffee in mine, and I used pretty strong espresso powder. I did taste cinnamon when I first made them, but not the next day. Funny things, these bars.

Tammy said...

I dont like coffee either but couldnt really taste it in these bars whcih I loved. yours look pretty perfect though!

Jude said...

Sorry to hear it didn't rock your world. Maybe the slices at the corner are a bit better?

Natalie said...

they look delish! i'm in ohio TWDer, too! :)

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

The teachers loved them, I'm sure. They look like perfection! Love the symmetrical photo.

Stephanie said...

I'm sorry you didn't like the bars. Your photos of them look great!