Sunday, January 31, 2010

Turtle Bar Cookies

One turtle
Wow it has been a while since my last post! I have made some great meals since then (recipes I should have posted). I will try better this year. Some of my current food "loves" are lamb and Russian food. One of my favorite childhood foods are turtles-- they are the perfect blending of cookie, caramel, and chocolate. We made them yesterday after our flight to Denver was canceled and our ski trip postponed. Steven decided to tape the process and here is the video:

Here is the recipe (at least my version-- adapted from Land O Lakes Butter):


2 Cups (250 g) of Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1 Cup (213 g) of Firmly Packed Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup (114 g) of Unsalted Butter, Softened

1 1/2- 2 cups ( 192 g to 256g)Pecan Halves

Caramel Layer

1 1/3 Cups (303 g) of Unsalted Butter
1 Cup (213 g) Firmly Packed Brown Sugar

2+ Cups (454 g) of Milk Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 350F/ 176C/ Gas Mark 4.

Combine all crust ingredients except pecans in a large bow and mix at medium speed until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Press this mixture onto the bottom of an ungreased  9 by 13 (23 by 33 cm) baking pan. Place pecans evenly over unbaked crust. Set aside.

Combine butter and brown sugar in a medium sized saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until entire surface begins to boil. Boil one minute stirring constantly. Evenly pour caramel mixture over crust and pecans.

Bake for 18 to 22 minutes or until entire caramel layer is bubbly. Remove from oven. Immediately sprinkle with chocolate chips and allow to melt slightly (2 to 3 minutes). Swirl chips to create a solid layer of chocolate.