Just in Time Toll House Cookie Bars for Every Occasion
Every time I make brownies alone or with my baby grandson, I am transported back to a favorite place in our home when I was a child---our kitchen. My Momma would melt blocks of chocolate in a double-boiler to begin the process. Puffs of flour and the echo of tiny grains of sugar as they cascaded down into the mixing boil echo still down through the years.
Before long, after she and I had completed the preparation, the pan of brownies was placed in the oven. And soon the whole house was filled with the unmistakable aroma of chocolate becoming a wondrous treat.
Floating on air, drawn as if hypnotized, into the kitchen where the unmistakable aroma of decadent brownies baking delights many of us, every time we have the experience.
There is something uniquely intoxicating about chocolate anything baking but brownies seem to have their own magic that calls out to us if we are nearby.
Perhaps you can find time to give this delightful treat a try....glam them up for any season ...Or, they are perfection with nothing drizzled over them.
All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.— Charles M. Schulz
Versatile, Decadent, Delightful
These are a great little bar, which could be made as cookies if you wish, that will perk up any party table: Halloween, Valentine's Day, Christmas, Easter, Birthday, or Just Any Day you want to make special. Add some food coloring and you are good to go....
It is pretty much a traditional Toll House cookie recipe by Nestle with a few little tweaks.
Each bar is very rich so after I photographed them I cut mine into tiny pieces. I like a tiny taste rather than too much at once. That would be one reason you may wish to make these as a cookie.
A few days ago I found orange and brown (no, black ones) Nestle pieces. I knew I had to make something Halloweenie using them.
My baby grandson eats almost NOTHING so when he decided he wanted to eat the Nestle morsels I let him have all he wanted.
I still had plenty left for the recipe.
I hope you enjoy giving this recipe a try.
Flour, Soda, and Salt ...ready to sift
Sugars and butter, mixing
- 2 3/4 unbleached, unbromated flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt, freshly ground
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 sticks softened butter
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 3.4 cups orange and brown, morsels
- 2/3 cup pecan pieces
- Drizzle or, Icing
- 1 cup sifted confectioners sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 6 tablespoons soft butter
- milk use enough to make a drizzle, if you wish to use as icing use less milk
- orange food coloring add orange food coloring
Wet and dry, blending
- Preheat Oven to 350. Prepare 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray
- Place butter, sugar, and vanilla in mixing bowl and mix till fluffy.
- Add eggs, one at a time. Mix well after each addition.
- Sift flour, salt, and baking soda three times.
- Gradually add flour to wet ingredients. Mix well after each addition.
- Remove mixing bowl from mixer. Add chocolate and orange morsels. Mix well with spoonula. Add pecan pieces and blend in as well.
- The mixture is stiff. Remove from mixing bowl to baking dish. Using a piece of wax paper, press mixture into baking dish.
- Bake at 350 about 30 minutes; then bake at 325 for an additional 15. I then turned off the oven and let the dish remain in for an additionall 5 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.
- Make drizzle using ingredients listed above. If you wish to use as icing, use less milk as directed in the ingredient section above. Add food coloring to sugar and butter mixture and blend well.
- If you wish to drizzle orange drizzle you made over each bar, cut them into squares first. If you wish to ice the whole, uncut bar, simply pour icing on and spread.
Blending morsels and nuts using spoonula
You Can Do This With Your Bars Too
|Serving size: 1 bar|
|Calories from Fat||90|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 10 g||15%|
|Saturated fat 5 g||25%|
|Carbohydrates 30 g||10%|
|Sugar 14 g|
|Protein 1 g||2%|
|Cholesterol 30 mg||10%|
|Sodium 162 mg||7%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
Here are a few more...ready to enjoy
- You can add whipped cream, homemade, if desired.
- Ice cream on this bar if it is HOT is divine.
- Crumble brownie and sprinkle over ice cream.
- Put in on an old piece of shoe leather ...and it is divine. Well, maybe not!!
- Make goodie bags for your Halloween party: wrap a small bar in cellophane and tie with orange and black ribbon.
Original recipe is on the Nestle website --- I have revised and tweaked the original recipe.
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