Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Toffee Bars & Honoring My Mom

H5N1 chocolate-brown carbohydrate cookie crust topped alongside chocolate, toffee bits, too pecans makes for rich-and-delicious Toffee Bars.  They're my Mom's absolute favorite, so they've got  to endure good!

 H5N1 chocolate-brown carbohydrate cookie crust topped alongside chocolate Toffee Bars & Honoring My Mom

In accolade of my Mom for Mother's Day tomorrow, I decided to post a recipe that is correct upwards her alley ... these rich-and-delicious Toffee Bars.  My Mom loves Heath Bars (which y'all sprinkle on the top of these fiddling beauties).  And pecans.  And ooey-gooey buttery sugariness cookie crusts.  And chocolate ... Oh, yeah - she loves chocolate, almost equally much equally I do.  Which is a lot.

So don't these chocolate, pecan, too Heath Bar-topped, chocolate-brown carbohydrate cookie crusted Toffee Bars audio but perfect for her?

Also inwards accolade of my Mom for Mother's Day, I decided to portion ii of my favorite memories of Mom from growing up.

Of course, many of my fondest memories ... far also many to count ... are of us working together inwards the kitchen.  I tin retrieve making candy cane cookies alongside her every Christmas, my brother's favorite German chocolate cupcakes, too helping alongside countless theatre unit of measurement dinners.

My Mom is 1 of those Moms who prepared a home-cooked repast almost every nighttime of our growing-up lives.  I really don't know how she did it.  As much equally I dearest to cook, I nevertheless bring difficulty getting a home-cooked repast on the tabular array but several times a calendar week (I endeavour to laid upwards for ii nights worth every fourth dimension I cook) -- too it's but my married adult man too myself.

She worked total time, ran ii kids or so to all our 'stuff,' too still made delicious, well-balanced home-cooked meals each night.  My hat's off to you, Mom.

I would assist Mom a lot.  And I loved it.  I was Mom's sous-chef, too learned so much from her well-nigh baking too cooking all sorts of stuff, too well-nigh experimenting alongside dissimilar foods too flavors.  Mom, similar me, was ever trying novel recipes.  She figured worst example was, if nosotros didn't similar something, she but wouldn't arrive again.  No harm, no foul ... I similar that attitude.

I was also Mom's dishwasher.  That business office I absolutely DID NOT like.

 H5N1 chocolate-brown carbohydrate cookie crust topped alongside chocolate Toffee Bars & Honoring My Mom

But let's beak well-nigh a dyad of memories that are non nutrient related.

Fun Memory #1

I was a flake of a metal-head, music-wise, when I was inwards score schoolhouse too high school.  So was my brother.  (We were children of the '80s people, so delight cutting us a fiddling slack on this.  Okay?)  I loved my heavy metallic music too '80s pilus bands ... too volition acknowledge that I am occasionally known to nevertheless to-this-day stone it out to AC/DC or the Scorpions field driving or so inwards my Volvo.  Which totally cracks me up.  H5N1 Volvo-driving, AC/DC-listening, 41-year-old ... quite the funny picture.

Anyway, this leads to 1 of my favorite memories of Mom (and Dad) when I was growing up.  See, when I was inwards the eighth score too my blood brother was inwards early on high school, my blood brother too I wanted to become to an Ozzy Osbourne concert.  In Montreal. 

I grew upwards inwards a rattling modest town inwards Vermont, rattling unopen to the Canadian border, so Montreal was well-nigh a 3-hour drive.  Well, exercise y'all intend our parents were going to permit us cross a border into some other province yesteryear ourselves?  And become from eensy-weensy fiddling town where everyone knows your refer to a huge metropolis yesteryear ourselves??  And mix-and-mingle alongside an Ozzy Osbourne concert crowd by ourselves???

Nope.  Absolutely not. 

Solution?  Mom too Dad went alongside us.  To an Ozzy Osbourne concert.  Coolest parents ever. 

 H5N1 chocolate-brown carbohydrate cookie crust topped alongside chocolate Toffee Bars & Honoring My Mom

Fun Memory #2

When it came fourth dimension to become to college, my blood brother left Vermont too went far, far away - moving to North Carolina to become to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  When it came fourth dimension for me to become to college, I received an offering of a total academic scholarship to ... wouldn't ya know ... the University of Vermont ... but one hour away from the town I grew upwards inwards (and, therefore, but 1 lx minutes away from my parents).  I was immensely grateful for the scholarship, don't acquire me wrong, ... too the University of Vermont is a fabulous schoolhouse ... but, I was ready to bring too assert my independence.

So how was I going to become to college but 1 lx minutes away from home?  (Because y'all can't but top upwards a total scholarship to a corking school, right?.  That would endure c-r-a-z-y.)

Well, I made a bargain alongside my parents.  We agreed that, no thing what, my parents could non come upwards catch me without calling too planning that catch inwards advance.  My stance?  If you couldn't drib inwards on my blood brother ('cause he was a 17 lx minutes drive away), too so y'all can't but drib inwards on me.  Mom too Dad agreed.  They're good-and-reasonable parents similar that.

Now, motion painting it's the 2nd calendar week of my freshman yr of college, on a lazy Sabbatum morning.  About 9:00 inwards the morning, the telephone rings.

Just who exercise y'all intend it was??  I'll laissez passer y'all iii guesses, too the initiative of all ii don't count.

Yup, it was my Mom.

The conversation went something similar this...

MOM:  "Good morning!  Your Dad too I but wanted to cheque too encounter if it was okay to come upwards encounter y'all today.  We've got to run a few errands upwards that way, too we'd actually dearest to encounter you."

ME:  "Well, ... certain ... I estimate that would endure okay."

MOM:  "Great!  'Cause we're downstairs inwards your dorm."

So sweet. 

Now, Mom ... crank upwards some Ozzy, brand yourself a batch of these Toffee Bars, too laissez passer me a call.  And if y'all locomote on to endure making that telephone yell upwards from 'just downstairs,' I'd dearest it.

Happy Mother's Day, everyone!

 H5N1 chocolate-brown carbohydrate cookie crust topped alongside chocolate Toffee Bars & Honoring My Mom

Toffee Bars
Source:  Adapted from a friend's theatre unit of measurement recipe
(Printable recipe)
  • 1 c. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 c. light chocolate-brown carbohydrate (firmly packed)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 c. all-purpose flour (or white whole wheat flour, which is what I use)
  • 1 1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c. chopped pecans
  • 3/4 c. chopped Heath Bar or Heath toffee bits
  1. For the crust: With an electrical mixer, cream the butter too chocolate-brown carbohydrate on medium speed until calorie-free too fluffy, well-nigh 2 minutes. Beat inwards the egg yolk, vanilla, too salt.
  2. With the mixer on depression speed, gradually add together the flour too mix until but combined. The dough volition endure stiff.
  3. Pat dough evenly into the bottom of a 9x13" coated alongside cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees until pale golden on top, well-nigh 15-20 minutes.
  4. For the topping: Remove the pan from the oven too sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over the crust. Return pan to the oven for 1 to 2 minutes until the chocolate chips are commencement to melt.
  5. Remove the pan from the oven too spread the chocolate evenly over the crust. Sprinkle the pecans too Heath bar toffee pieces evenly over the chocolate.
  6. Let cool completely inwards the pan. Use a abrupt knife to cutting into modest squares.


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