ISO--old timey bar cookie recipe!
My mom used to make a bar cookie that I loved but she lost the recipe some years ago and I've never been able to track it down or recreate it. I'm hoping some of you CH bakers can help!
As I said, it's a very simple bar cookie--some kind of a basic cookie base topped with chocolate chips (either semi-sweet or milk chocolate, I'm not sure) and pecans. What made it distinct was the cookie base--it had an almost toffee-like taste and texture. Definitely a bar cookie and not actual toffee, but it fell somewhere in the middle. It was sweet with that toffee-ish taste and a little on the harder side like toffee as opposed to a softer bar cookie. Definitely not a graham cracker base, and I'm pretty sure there wasn't any sweetened condensed milk involved.
I know it's not some unusual recipe and it's one that's been around for years but I can't remember what they were known as which is the only way I think I'd be able to find it online. I've done ingredient searches on recipe sites, but I don't remember exactly what was in it other than the obvious and every recipe I've tried hasn't been it.
If this rings any bells for anyone, I'd love some suggestions! Thanks!
I know this is an old thread but I was looking for the same cookie and called my mom to find out where she got the recipe. I believe the one you are looking for is from the older Better Homes & Gardens cookbook and was called toffee bars.
1 cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg yolk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup chopped nuts
Preheat oven to 350 F
Beat butter for 30 seconds, add brown sugar and beat until fluffy. Add egg yolk and vanilla, beat well. Gradually add flour, beating constantly. Press into an ungreased 15" x 10" x 1" pan. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes at 350 F. Immediately after removing from the oven, sprinkle with chocolate chip and let stand until chips soften. Spread chocolate on bars, sprinkle with nuts.
I made a refrigerator caramel cookie this last year, it had brown sugar in the dough which was melted then mixed with the dough. The cookies were hard, but if you made a recipe change adding a little bit of brown melted sugar, with butter to the shortbread, I bet you might get that crunchy crust with toffee taste... just an idea.
HI! I think I know what you are talking about. I have a old recipe called something like Grandma's Turtle Bars. I have to dig up the recipe. It had a shortbread type cookie base that you baked and then topped with a hot caramel type toffee filled with pecans. Then, we spread choc chips on top and sprinkled with chopped pecans. It had a delicious toffee taste and texture (that didn't last after the first day) and lots of nuts/chocolate. Yum. Let me know if you want me to look for the recipe-- I know I have it somewhere.