Friday, January 18, 2019

Snickers Cookie Bars

I am nocturnal. I always have been. These days, despite copious amounts of coffee, I really don’t get going until midday. Deep into the night, when most of you are sleeping, I am engaged in my most productive thought. The other night, don’t ask me why, I started thinking about my number one son’s favorite cookie, based upon his favorite candy bar (Twix), wondering if I could make a cookie based upon my favorite candy bar, Snickers. The next morning I decided to put my plan into action, and it worked as beautifully as I had hoped! These are a bit of work, but well worth the effort. You may just want to make a double batch.
Snickers Cookie Bars

Bottom Layer

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
½ cup sugar

Middle Layer

½ cup (1 stick) butter
½ cup sugar
2 tablespoons light corn syrup

Top Layer

1 teaspoon light corn syrup
½ cup (1 stick) butter, cut into 8 pieces

Preheat oven to 325° F. Line an 8” x 8” (or, for a thinner cookie layer, a 9” x 9”) baking pan with foil, leaving a 2” overhang on each end, to facilitate easy extraction from the pan.

To make the bottom layer: In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In another bowl beat butter and sugar on medium speed until well creamy. With mixer on low, gradually add the dry ingredients and beat just until combined. Transfer to prepared pan and press into an even layer. Bake for 30-35 minutes until the crust is golden brown. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and cool completely.

To make the caramel layer: Combine the butter, sugar, corn syrup, and sweetened condensed milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir occasionally until the butter is melted. Increase the heat to medium-high, and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, whisking constantly, until the mixture thickens and turns a light caramel color, about 10 minutes. Pour the caramel mixture over the cooled shortbread and spread in an even layer (You can tilt the pan to do this.). Sprinkle peanuts over the top and press down lightly. Allow to cool completely, then chill in the fridge until caramel sets.

To make the chocolate layer: Add the chocolate, corn syrup, and butter to a heatproof bowl and set over a pan of simmering water. Heat, stirring occasionally, until everything is melted and the mixture is smooth and glossy. Pour the chocolate over the chilled caramel/peanut layer, and spread into an even layer. Let the chocolate set completely before slicing and serving.

If you love the chocolate and peanut combination, but don’t want to go to all of the work, you may just want to try these Getting on My Last Nerve Chocolate Peanut Clusters.

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Linda said...

Snickers are my favorite candy bar too. Did these taste like Snickers? I'm guessing they were better!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I still have Snickers fun size bars left from Halloween :) I only buy what my husband and I like to eat so I know I'd love these bars! said...