Just in Time Toll House Cookie Bars for Every Occasion

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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
5 stars from 1 rating of Just in Time for Halloween Toll House Cookie Bars

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

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Sugars and butter, mixing

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Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: About 18 medium size bars or skads of tiny bars

Ingredients

  • 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

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  1. Preheat Oven to 350. Prepare 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray
  2. Place butter, sugar, and vanilla in mixing bowl and mix till fluffy.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time. Mix well after each addition.
  4. Sift flour, salt, and baking soda three times.
  5. Gradually add flour to wet ingredients. Mix well after each addition.
  6. Remove mixing bowl from mixer. Add chocolate and orange morsels. Mix well with spoonula. Add pecan pieces and blend in as well.
  7. The mixture is stiff. Remove from mixing bowl to baking dish. Using a piece of wax paper, press mixture into baking dish.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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

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You Can Do This With Your Bars Too

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 bar
Calories 175
Calories from Fat90
% Daily Value *
Fat 10 g15%
Saturated fat 5 g25%
Carbohydrates 30 g10%
Sugar 14 g
Protein 1 g2%
Cholesterol 30 mg10%
Sodium 162 mg7%
* 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.

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Options

  • 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.


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Original recipe is on the Nestle website --- I have revised and tweaked the original recipe.

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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida Author

This is a lovely little treat that works well for most occasions especially for chocolate lovers.

Perhaps you can give it a try some time.

thanks for visiting.

Angels are on the way this evening ps


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FatBoyThin 15 months ago from Kinneff, Scotland

I'm always looking for new recipes my son will like (he's fussy), and this one sounds so yummy, it can't fail! Thanks for sharing.


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida Author

One thing I really like about this recipe is that you can add whatever decoration you wish or you can totally omit any extras.

It is a really delightful treat.

Hoping all is good with you, Vellur

Angels are on the way this morning ps


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Vellur 15 months ago from Dubai

Delicious recipe,thank you for sharing. The drizzle is awesome!


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pstraubie48 17 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks Fox Music for stopping by. Perhaps you can enjoy some while you are creating a new hub....brain food :D

Angels are on the way to you this evening ps


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Fox Music 18 months ago

Thank you for sharing this delicious Hub "Just in Time Toll House Cookie Bars for Every Occasion"


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pstraubie48 18 months ago from sunny Florida Author

These are such an easy bar that can be changed up however we wish. I have not made it with truvia or other supposedly safe sweeteners but plan to give it a try. I am also going to try substituting applesauce for the oil/butter.

Thanks for visiting. Angels are once again on the way to you ps


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Suzanne Day 18 months ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

A delicious looking recipe that will fulfill my sweet tooth in an afternoon! Thank you for sharing - I'm sure when I make it, my kids are going to be hanging around waiting for their yummy snack. Good photos, love the way you've kept this recipe simple and easy to follow. Voted awesome and shared on Awesome Hubpages ;)


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pstraubie48 21 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Poetryman That is what is lovely about this recipe...you can make it your omitting and adding and changing as you wish.

thank for visiting today. Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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poetryman6969 21 months ago

It's always cookie time! I will skip the icing but everything else looks good.


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pstraubie48 21 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Sylvestermouse This is a great little treat. And you can dress them up for any holiday just by adding a little food coloring to your icing.

Thank you for visiting

Angels are winging their way to you this morning ps


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Sylvestermouse 21 months ago from United States

Oh, I love discovering new recipes! These cookies sound delicious and look perfect for Halloween.


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pstraubie48 21 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you for sharing. These really are a great little bar...full of flavor and texture and fun to decorate. My grandson loves to help drizzle the icing.

Thank you too for stopping by.

Know that Angels are once again on the way to you today ps


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PurvisBobbi44 21 months ago from Florida

Hi,

This look delicious and I will tell my sister about it.

I will share this with Twitter, G+ and pin on my repin board.

Have a great day.

Bobbi Purvis


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

O yes Denise that does sound good.. caramel is ksind of like chocolate...it is good on most everything. Thanks for the suggestion

Angels are on there way to you p


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

O yes Denise that does sound good.. caramel is ksind of like chocolate...it is good on most everything. Thanks for the suggestion

Angels are on there way to you p


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

They really are tender and delicious and yes, a drizzle of strawberry, maybe even in the shape of a heart, would be divine.

Hope you have a chance to give them a try.

Angels are on the way to you today ps


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Denise Handlon 22 months ago from North Carolina

YUM! I love to bake and I like the drizzle you added. I'm going to try a caramel drizzle. :) UP/Awesome and useful


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Au fait 22 months ago from North Texas

These bars are delicious. I used to make similar ones but I never thought of putting any sort of frosting or glaze on them. I bet strawberry flavored drizzle would be yummy too -- for Valentine's Day! Voted up and UI, and sharing with my followers.


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks for visiting. I hope you have a chance to give these a try. It is a lovely recipe and can be glammed up for any holiday.

Angels are on the way to you today ps


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ezzly 22 months ago

They look delicious ! Thanks for sharing :)


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

They are Violette and they are fun to make with little ones.

My grandson loves to stir and to toss in the chips.

He does not like for me to use eggs because they are 'bunny eggs' and should not be used for cooking :D

Angels are on the way to you this afternoon ps


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VioletteRose 22 months ago from Chicago

They look delicious!


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Rachel They really are. And you can glam them up as you wish. Fun and satisfying..who could ask for more?

Angels are on the way to you today ps


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Rachel L Alba 23 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

They look really yummy. I love seeing new recipes. Thanks for sharing this one.

Blessings to you.


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida Author

You might want to view a conversion chart for amounts when substituting an oil for butter but I have no doubt it will work.

Nice to see you again this morning Peachpurple

Angels are on the way to you ps


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peachpurple 23 months ago from Home Sweet Home

It looks pretty easy to bake, all in one, can i use sunflower oil since i am out of butter?


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi again Vespawoolf They are just so versatile. I have not been able to find the mint ones this December and am disappointed.

Yes, I just discovered the pink Himalayan salt last year and adore it.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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vespawoolf 23 months ago from Peru, South America

I am also a big fan of Nestle Toll House and this sounds like a delicious variation! I thought I was the only one who used Himalayan pink salt in baking. : )


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pstraubie48 24 months ago from sunny Florida Author

O yes, warm with ice cream is over-the-top. I am baking some for a get together this evening and the house smells so good. :D

Angels are on the way to you ps


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FlourishAnyway 24 months ago from USA

I'll take mine with ice cream!


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

You are right about that. It is a cookie for any time. Spruce them up any way you choose and they will be a treat for all to enjoy.

It has not been unheard of to heat them and top with a dollop of vanilla ice cream. Warm and cold...yum.

Angels are on the way to you ps


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

You are so right Rebecca. And they are out there. It is so much fun to have the different colors to use. Just adds an extra little sparkle to our special cookies.

Hope all is good with you

Angels are on the way to you ps


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

And of course you know Peggy that I would NOT exaggerate, right?

So you can glam these up for Christmas or Valentine's Day or National Pickle Week too if you wish.

Hoping you have a lovely day.. Sending lots of Angels your way ps


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ChitrangadaSharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

This sounds like a great cookie recipe anytime! Your display of pictures is very helpful and the instructions very clear. I would like to try this tempting recipe. Thanks for providing variations as well.

Voted up and pinned!


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rebeccamealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Yummy! Now it's time to look for red and green morsels!


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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Patricia, I had to laugh when you said it would be good on an old piece of shoe leather. OK...that means it is really good! Ha! Would also be good at other times of the year. Sharing.


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

These were a hit at our church coffee hour and with my family. Yum yum and yum.

Orders have already been given for Christmas baking Thanks for visiting Grand Old Lady

Angels are on the way to you ps


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

These were a hit at our church coffee hour and with my family. Yum yum and yum.

Orders have already been given for Christmas baking Thanks for visiting Grand Old Lady

Angels are on the way to you ps


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Faith I always smile when I see you have visited. Hoping all is well with you and yours, dear sweet girl.

Angels are on the way to you and yours ps


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Yummy! My mouth is watering after looking at your photos here. I love these cookies and your options at the end are divine indeed.

Peace, blessings, hugs and angels heading your way, sweet friend.

Up +++ tweeting and pinning


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grand old lady 2 years ago from Philippines

What wonderful desserts you have presented. The video was fantastic, and to think that it can also be done with the cookie bars as an alternative makes it doubly so.


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

I know...and I appreciate you a bunch. I just find some yummy ones and have to share them...

They really are not exciting to read though... :D

More Angels headed to you, my friend. :D PS


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Yum! I can take or leave recipes, but I will always be here to cheer you on. Have a great week my friend, filled with smiles and new memories.

hugs and blessings winging their way eastward

bill

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