Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Coconut, Toffee, Chocolate Bars

I'm back! I still have horrible pictures, old blog layout, but I do have a wonderful new addition in my life - our third child! I just gave birth to a darling baby boy. From morning sickness in the first and second trimester, to surviving my large worthless self in the third trimester, I seem to lose the ability to bake and cook. But I am back! I started a post baby body diet this week, but here is a delicious dessert that I made TWICE before I realized this wasn't going to drop the pounds.

I first discovered this recipe when I made them for my mother's birthday. She loved them! These are adapted from Mom On Timeout . They have a little bit of everything with a bit of a gooey center. They melt in your mouth, but almost seem healthy with the oatmeal and coconut crunch. On second thought, maybe blogging about these delicious treats are proving to be detrimental to my diet....

Ingredients

CRUST:
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup old-fashioned oats
2 cups flaked coconut
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1 egg, lightly beaten
12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips ( I used dark chocolate in one batch and half semi-sweet and dark in another)

FILLING:
14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup Karo® Light Corn Syrup
4 oz of cream cheese
1 1/4 cup toffee bits

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350°F.
CRUST:
Combine flour, oats, coconut, and brown sugar in a large bowl of electric mixer and mix at low speed.
Add butter and continue mixing until a crumbly dough forms. Add egg and continue mixing well. Stir in chocolate chips.
Reserve 1-1/2 cups of dough for topping. Press remaining dough into bottom of a lightly sprayed 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
Bake 10 minutes.
FILLING:
Combine sweetened condensed milk and corn syrup in a small bowl and mix until combined. Mix in softened cream cheese until all are well blended.
Pour evenly over hot crust.
Sprinkle with toffee bits.
Top evenly with reserved crust mixture.
Bake 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown. Cool and cut into bars. Try not to eat the whole pan in one hour, but it will be tough not to.




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