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need help finding recipe for mysterious cookie bar

olyolyy Apr 9, 2013 02:10 PM

I ate an incredible cookie (bar style) once at a bakery, called a sand bar. It was sandy at the top and chewy at the bottom. No fillings excpet for -maybe- some finely ground nuts. I googled it to no avail, as a comepletely different and popular cookie also called a sand bar polluted all my results. Have anyone heard of it or have a recipe? Maybe it goes by another name? I would love to recreate it at home.

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    ferret Apr 9, 2013 04:15 PM

    This look close?


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    1. re: ferret
      HillJ Apr 9, 2013 04:26 PM

      I'll be curious if these are the ones the OP is looking for. We grew up making a very similar sand bar but it didn't have any chocolate in it.

      1. re: HillJ
        olyolyy Apr 9, 2013 11:36 PM

        Can you tell me more about the sand bar cookies you grew up with? Any leads on this cookie will help!

        1. re: olyolyy
          HillJ Apr 10, 2013 04:10 AM

          The cookie was how my grandmother used up the assorted nuts she had leftover from other baking each week. "The crumbs" she would call it were for her grandchildren to enjoy. The outline ferret provided is close to what she made except her recipe also had a tiny amt. of cinnamon and absolutely no chocolate. The bar cookie was moister than a standard pecan sandy cookie. Sometimes she used walnuts & pecans and sometimes just one of the two nut meats. She made them in a bar style because it saved time. Hers was a very basic recipe along the lines of:

          2 cups packed light brown sugar
          1 cup butter or margarine, melted
          2 large eggs
          2 teaspoons vanilla extract
          2 cups all-purpose flour
          a dash of cinnamon
          1 teaspoon salt
          2 cups finely chopped nuts

          1. re: HillJ
            olyolyy Apr 10, 2013 12:32 PM

            Thank you for sharing this, I look forward to giving it a try.

            1. re: olyolyy
              HillJ Apr 10, 2013 12:39 PM

              My pleasure, oly. And, if you find something closer to what you remember, pls. post the recipe here.

      2. re: ferret
        olyolyy Apr 9, 2013 11:34 PM

        Thanks for that. Since there is no picture and I'm not the type who can scan a baking type recipe and know the results I will have to actually give it a whirl (while omitting the choc chips). It's a start!

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