looking for great "bar" recipes (lemon bar, seven layer bar... etc.)
Here's the deal. I'm a guy and i just started working at a hospital. I love baking so I want to wow (and win over) some of the nurses with some baked goods, and i figure bars are the easiest way to make a bunch. (not neccesarily the bars listed above though)
Perfect for fall, yummy, and simple!
1 2/3 cups sugar
16 oz canned pumpkin
1 cup oil
2 cups flour
1 t. soda
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
2 t. cinnamon
Mix well. Add dry ingredients to wet. Spread in ungreased jelly roll pan. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes. Cool & frost with cream cheese frosting. (1/2 cup butter, 1/2 t. vanilla, 8 oz cream cheese, 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar) Refrigerate.
okay, these are so easy because I cheat but here it goes:
2 pkgs pillsbury chocolate chop cookie dough
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup powdered sugar
2 T vanilla
Spread 1 roll into a 9" square pan
Mix together peanut butter and powdered sugar and vanilla
press mixture on top of cookie dough
use about half of another roll to crumble on top of that
Bake @ 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes(I always lean more towards the 30 b/c you refridgerate the pan after it bakes-it doesn't look quite done sometimes but it is-trust me!
Cool 30 minutes and then refridgerate for 1 hour until chilled.
Cut into bars and eat. I always make these on a pinch and everyone loves them.
Brownies are "bar" cookies, and most women swoon over chocolate (men like chocolate, but they don't have the intense emotional relationship with it that many women do). Here are a couple -- the one I submitted is very easy -- you can add nuts if you want, and they're actually better made the day before.
If you want something they've probably never had, find a recipe for Nanaimo bars -- a Canadian specialty (and delicious). http://www.chowhound.com/topics/298280
re: Ruth Lafler
For round one I went with the Nanaimo bars. I felt like a hack since they required a minimum level of skill, but it was a huge success. When asked what they were I didn't want to say "nanaimo bars," and then have to go into an explanation of what they are, so I just said "job security."
I decided the chocolate plan was good. For round two I'm just going to a simple chewy chocolate, chocolate chip cookie. I figure I'll start with the sure hits and then maybe try some more interesting things. I'd like to tackle the kouign amann sometime, but I'll wait till they trust me.
This is the cookie recipe i plan on using. any suggestions or alternates? I like a thin, crisp sugary exterior with a gooey interior.
Thanks for reporting back! What recipe for Nanaimo bars did you use? I've never actually made them myself (although I've had them in Canada).
If you want to veer away from chocolate, did anyone mention shortbread? A really rich shortbread is always a winner, and lots of recipes can be made in a bar version.
re: Ruth Lafler
The very first thing I did was melting moments from joy of baking. http://joyofbaking.com/MeltingMoments.... They are shortbread-esque. They are delicious as well, though i might add both a little salt and sugar. a tiny amount only. I might return to shorbread and do a nutella thing, since not everyone appreciates shortbread as is.
For the nanaimo bars I unintentionally returned to joy of baking for the nanaimo recipe that was linked by someone on this thread. http://www.joyofbaking.com/NanaimoBar....
kindofabigdeal, it had to be 20 years ago, at an office Christmas party, and a guy brought in what looked like Mexican Wedding Cookies. Only, they were astoundingly tender and, as this recipe indicates, melted in the mouth.
I asked him to plllllease get me the recipe. Next I see him, and ask him for the recipe, his said that his wife would only say they had cornstarch in them.
And now, allllll these years later -- until now, I hadn't even thought of them -- there they are! Thank you very much.
Figgy Raspberry Bars
1 1/2 cup figs cut up
1 cup raspberries
1 cup sugar
1/2 c hot water
1 /4 cup fresh lemon juice
1-2 T Grand Marnier
cook all over medium heat until the fruit is completely broken down and creamy thick.
These are the best bars. If you can't find figs buy some fig jam and mix it with raspberry jam-close enough
about 15 minutes -stir frequently, don't walk off.
1 cup of brown sugar
1 cup butter
Cream butter and sugar until fluffy then add the rest mix well
1/2 tsp salt
1 3/4 cup oats
1 3/4 flour-sifted
1/2 tsp vanilla
Split this in half reserve for topping
Line a well greased shallow baking dish 8x12 with half the flour mix, then add the filling evenly distributing the fruit mix, then top with the remaining flour mix.
I add very finely chopped pecans to the topping about 1/2 cup total if you add to the filling also, its up to you.
Bake at 350 degrees 30-35 minutes
until lightly brown
Cool and Serve
Makes 12 big bars or 24 small ones.