Baron Bars are a yummy snack when you need a chocolate fix. They are very simple to make and require very few ingredients. The hardest thing about making them is having the patience to wait until they have hardened long enough in the refrigerator. 😉 Trust me, at my son’s insistence last night, I tried speeding them up by placing them in the freezer. After listening to him ask me every 10 minutes, “Are they done yet?”, I decided to take them out. They were nice and hard on the top, but sticky on the bottom. This lot turned out chewier than usual because I rushed them, however, they tasted as good as always. For this recipe you will need:
1 1/2 sticks butter (3/4 cup)
1 cup light brown sugar
35-40 Saltine crackers
1 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a large cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Spread butter on the entire piece of foil. Make sure you cover the foil good so the crackers will not stick to it. Arrange Saltine crackers, salty side up, on the buttered foil. Put as many as will fit without overlapping them.
In a medium-sized sauce pan, combine butter and brown sugar and bring to a boil. Boil for one minute, stirring constantly. Pour mixture over all of the Saltine crackers. Spread evenly with a butter knife and make sure crackers are thoroughly covered. Place cookie sheet in oven and bake for 8 minutes.
Remove cookie sheet from oven and pour chocolate chips over the crackers. Spread chocolate evenly with a butter knife. The chocolate chips will melt quickly and can be spread like frosting.
Refrigerate cookie sheet for several hours until completely cool and chocolate is hard to the touch. Break the Baron Bars into pieces as you peel it off of the foil. I store mine in an airtight container or Ziploc bag in the refrigerator so the chocolate doesn’t melt. The saltly, chocolately, sugary mix is YUMMY!
I was in a baking mood today! As I was flipping through some of my favorite recipes, I came across one for Peanut Butter Cookies. These are the most moist peanut butter cookies I have ever eaten. I’ve had some in the past that you could use as weapons if you threw them at someone! My family loves these so much, they never seem to last long once they’ve been made. Since the holidays are just around the corner, I thought I’d share these with you.
For this recipe you will need:
2 cups All-Purpose Flour
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Cup Butter
1 Cup Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a medium sized bowl, mix flour and baking powder and set aside. In a large bowl, ( I used my Kitchen-Aid mixer here) beat butter until softened. Add sugar and beat together until fluffy.
Add egg and vanilla, beat well. Add peanut butter and beat until thoroughly blended.
Add flour mixture a little at a time and blend until all of it has been mixed together. At this point you know to start out using your mixer on low unless you want your kitchen (and yourself) to be covered in flour!
Take a tablespoon full of dough and roll into a ball. Place ball on cookie sheet and use a fork that has been dipped in flour to flatten out the cookie. I like to make a criss-cross design on mine. Remember to dip your fork in the flour each time you press your cookie so it won’t stick. Cook on the top rack until cookies are slightly brown.
Remove cookies from the oven and let them sit on the cookie sheet for a few minutes so they will firm up a bit. Then remove cookies with a spatula and place them on a cooling rack until thoroughly cooled. Store in an air tight container. I like to put a piece of white bread in the container when I store any kind of cookie. The next day the slice of bread will be hard as a brick, but your cookies will be nice and soft! You could easily add chopped nuts to this recipe or maybe a few Reese’s Pieces on top if you like. I hope your family likes these cookies as much as mine does. Enjoy!