Not surprisingly, I don’t have a lot of processed food in the house. I generally make things from scratch. And this week I was really craving something sweet and there was not a cookie or candy bar in sight. Luckily, I keep a LOT of ingredients in the house. There are always chocolate chips, nuts and raw coconut flakes in the cupboard/refrigerator.
I didn’t have the time to make cookies, so these bars were born.
Dark Chocolate-Caramel-Walnut Bars
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, melted and slightly cooled
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/8 tsp dash of salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 8 oz 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chips
- 1/2 cups walnuts, roughly chopped
- 4 oz of caramel chips
- shredded or flaked coconut (I use raw, unsweetened)
8×8 baking dish, bowl
Beat butter and sugar until well incorporated. Then add egg and beat until fluffy. Add baking soda, salt, vanilla and flour.
Lightly grease bottom of the baking dish. Add batter and spread evenly.
Bake at 350 degrees (F) for 15 minutes. Remove and add chopped walnuts, caramel chips and then chocolate chips on top.
Return to oven for 5 minutes. Remove and use an offset spatula to spread melted chips over the top of the bars. Sprinkle with coconut flakes.
Let cool completely before cutting into bars.
I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted a recipe – but there is a good reason for that – I’ve been doing recipe blogging for TEN (!!) years. I’ve just run out of ideas, LOL. I do use my blog as my own personal cookbook, so it will always exist.
But if you guys don’t mind reruns, I’m happy to post recipes again – just realize they are going to be from my “archives” and only the occasional fresh, new items. I do test out new ideas, I’ve just lost a lot of enthusiasm for documenting it.
Otherwise, here’s an open thread.