Friday, March 6, 2009

Sheila Bars

I'm on spring break! Whoooooo! I decided to make some bars to celebrate. I saw this recipe for Sheila's Dream Bars on Schweet 'n Savory, and decided they would do the job nicely. I made some changes to the recipe, and they turned out really delicious.

"Hello, my name is Sheila! I'm a delicious bar. Please eat me."

You need: AP flour, brown sugar, butter, eggs, quick-cook oats, vanilla, baking powder and chocolate chips.

First, mix together 1/2 cup butter, 1/2 cup packed brown sugar, and 1 cup flour. They will end up looking like a shortbread dough.

Ta-da!

Press this layer into the bottom of a 9x13 pan. It will be a pretty thin layer. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

While the bottom layer is baking, you can make the dulce de leche that goes in the middle. In the original recipe, it says you can use caramel ice cream topping from a jar, but I didn't have any. In the future, I might just use the jarred topping, because I don't think my bars ended up caramelly enough. Or, I might just make more caramel. In any case, what I did next was melt 2/3 cup butter and 1/2 cup brown sugar over low heat, stirring constantly. Once it reached a boil, I let it boil for a minute (still stirring!) before removing from the heat.

Yummmmmmmmmmm. You could just eat this and I wouldn't judge you.

Once your bottom layer has baked for ten minutes, spread the caramel on top.

Now, mix together 4 eggs, 1 cup of brown sugar, 2 teaspoons vanilla, 1 cup flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 cup chocolate chips and 1 cup oats. The original recipe called for half of each of these amounts, but I wanted a thicker top layer.

Dump your top layer on top of the caramel layer, and throw 'er back in the oven (still on 350 degrees). Bake for 20 minutes.

The end result? A chewy, chocolate chippy bar with a slight caramelly accent. If I made these again, I would add more caramel, but these were still deeeeeeeelicious. AND, they have oatmeal in them, so you can eat them for breakfast!

8 comments:

  1. Fabulous!!!!!!! I am drooling now!

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  2. Making your own caramel is a good idea, I am sure it is cheaper too! They look delicious!!

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  3. haha I love your rationing that these are breakfast food because they have oatmeal in them, I often make a similar bar and they are so yummy!

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  4. Jennifer: Thanks! The bread pudding you just posted has me drooling too :)

    Melissa: Thanks for making the original recipe. The only problem with making my own caramel is that I kept tasting it "just to make sure it's good!"... and ended up not having very much to put on the bars!

    Hanna: Oh yes, I can rationalize just about any kind of sweet!

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  5. I saw this on her blog also... both yours and hers look simply wonderful. Great Job Carson and thanks for coming over for a visit.

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  6. Excuse me Carson!!!!!!! I have one thing to say to you!!! YUMMY. It is Monday so I probably will not be baking until the end of the week for the weekend. I am making these bars. My son is coming home from college for Spring Break and these will be just the bars to fatten him up with!! Thanks for sharing..........

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