Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Chocolate Chip with Caramel Drizzle Cookie Bars

How is it Wednesday already? Wasn't it just Friday like yesterday?? I don't know how this week is going by so fast and this is the first post of the week for me. Where did the last two days go?!

Anyway, even though its already Wednesday, I am going to tell you about my weekend, since this is the first we've talked since Friday. Capeesh?

Let's do this list style too, so it doesn't seem as random as it really is ;)

1. We saw TWO Halloween movies over the weekend! Friday night we had a double date with my bro and SIL and saw Hotel Transylvania. It was a LOT cuter than I expected it to be. A little bit of a watered down movie, and not really at all about Halloween, but really cute none-the-less.

2. Sunday, the hubs and I decided to have a date-day after church. We went and saw Paranorman (perfect thing to do right after church right???) for our second Halloween movie of the weekend. This one was a lot more Halloweeny and a little creepy if I might add! But again, another great one to add to the October movie repertoire. Have you seen either of these movies? What did you think of them? I am always curious to see what people think of the new movies out. Let me know your thoughts!

3. I am totally in the Halloween mode now, so we also went to Michael's so I could get some props. I really love food props (you may have noticed on Instagram) and I wanted to pick some up that are Halloween themed, or at least Autumn themed. I got *some* good props, and I even used some of the awesome new ones for this post. Actually pretty much all of it is new. So fun! But I didn't get much good props for Halloween. Boo!

4. Speaking of no good props for Halloween, the reason why is this - stores are ALREADY getting rid of Halloween stuff and bringing out the Christmas stuff! I was at Michael's over the weekend, and then again yesterday, and in the matter of the two days, they had changed practically their entire decor to Christmas! WHAT?!? It is still two weeks until Halloween! Why are they getting rid of this decor and putting out Christmas stuff. This is just unacceptable!!!

5. The rest of my props (the ones you see in this post) I bought from Goodwill. We saw one by the movie theater that we went to that said Goodwill Outlet store, so we just figured we would run in there really quick to see the goods. Whoa. That was an eye opener. If you have never been into one of the outlet stores they have, they are really just glorified trash cans that is a legal place for people to dumpster dive. It is cheap I am sure, as you just pay by the pound of stuff you buy, but there is literally no organization, and you'll find one bike tire in the same bin as a plate you eat off of. It sure didn't smell the best either. Needless to say, we didn't stay there long and drove and found an actual Goodwill retail store, but man there were still a LOT of people in the outlet store rummaging through those bins. It sure makes me thankful for the things that I have. It kind of made me feel bad for going there just to get some fun food props, when people were getting these things because they couldn't afford anything else. I know I will be more keen to donate my unused stuff to them from now on. That definitely opened my eyes this weekend.

6. Lastly, lets talk about these bomb cookie bars! I don't know about you, but I am pretty obsessed with cookie bars. I just love the fact that you usually get around the same number of bars as you do cookies with these recipes (you dictate how many bars you cut after all), and you bake it ONCE! No measuring out cookies with scoops, no baking 3 or 4 different batches because you only have one cookie sheet that isn't very big. I mean. There's just no comparison!

Join me in this revolution people! No more cookies! More cookie bars! No more cookies! More cookie bars!

Hello? Did everyone leave?

Oh there you are! I knew you were in this one with me :)

For these sweet little babies, I threw in an entire bag of mini chocolate chips. HA. There were so many, that they wouldn't even combine all the way with the cookie mixture. But no fret, once you put it in the baking pan, just press the loose chips into the spots that need it, and bomb diggidy! Its ready to be decorated and baked.

Yep you heard that right too. I decorated it with caramel sauce THEN baked it. Yup, it was good. Now its your turn. Go make them. And don't forget your signs for the revolution either. We will end this cookie madness and make the whole world see that cookie bars are better, but I need you with me! Now go make those signs! And your cookie bars too :)

Chocolate Chip with Caramel Drizzle Cookie Bars Printable Recipe
makes about 24 bars

  • 2 1/8 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 / 12 Tbsp sticks salted butter (you can use unsalted, but add 1/2 tsp salt to flour mixture)
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 (12 oz) bag mini dark chocolate chips
for the caramel sauce:
  • 15 caramel candies, unwrapped
  • 6 Tbsp Half and Half or heavy whipping cream (I didn't have cream on hand. Half and Half works well too)
  1.  Make the caramel sauce by adding the unwrapped candies to a small saucepan with the Half and Half over low heat. If using Half and Half, make sure you are stirring constantly, so it doesn't get film over the top of the liquid. Stir frequently with the cream. When the caramels are totally melted and the mixture is combined, take off heat and let cool.
  2. Melt the butter in the microwave and let cool.
  3. Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Grease a baking pan with a lip really well (9x13 inch works best)
  4. In a stand mixer, combine the melted butter and both sugars on medium speed until fully mixed together.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour and baking soda (and salt if using unsalted butter).
  6. In the mixture in the stand mixer, add the egg and then the egg yolk and mix until combined, then add the vanilla and do the same.
  7. Slowly add the flour mixture to the stand mixer, set on low speed and mix until combined.
  8. Turn off mixer, and stir in the entire bag of chocolate chips. Don't worry if they don't all mix in.
  9. Transfer the cookie mixture to the baking pan and press the dough into the pan evenly. Add the loose chocolate chips to spaces needing chips.
  10. Before baking, transfer the caramel sauce to a ziplock bag and cut a small snip in one of the corners and drizzle the caramel sauce over the cookie dough, using as much sauce as you desire.
  11. Bake in the preheated oven 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.
  12. Allow to cool completely before cutting with a butter knife and removing to eat.
Cookies adapted from Eat at Allies

Caramel sauce adapted from Table For Two

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  1. Oh my gosh, these look so super yummy. Love the pictures, and the props. Not to mention your new coined phrase "bomb diggity". Ha ha so funny, you are just so cute! I want some of these now!

  2. these look so decadent and so good! my least favorite holiday is halloween so i have not seen any of those movies you're talking about! goodwill and thrift shops are MONEY! best place ever to find props and glorified things. next time you come, bring an extra suitcase cause i'm taking you to the ultimate prop shop here ;) it's a hidden gem

  3. Those look so delicious!! Mmm.... I love how the caramel baked all over those bars, and you know you put in the right amount of chips when they don't all fit in the dough! Perfection :)

  4. u are killing me! These look so good! It is all I wanted since I saw your pictures last night, I wished I had one for breakfast even! That many chocolate chips is a VERY good thing :) And how genius is that caramel sauce!

  5. We do date-day on Sunday too, but it's usually to the hardware store ;)

    I'm so with you on the Christmas decor---Hobby Lobby had it out in August. Kinda makes me sad. Can't we just celebrate in the moment?


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