Welcome to today's episode of Totally Superfluous Problems That Don't Really Need to Be Solved but I'll Attempt Anyway. In case you missed it, last week's episode was How to Retrieve Toast that's Too Small To Toast and Gets Stuck in the Toaster. (Answer? Fondue forks!) This week? How to Easily Eat a Crumble at the Beach.
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Take the campfire inside with these toasty marshmallow treats.
Call them Hello Dollys or Magic Cookies or Seven Layer Bars. Given that these chocolate-pecan-coconut bar cookies take about 5 minutes to throw together and 30 minutes to bake, I think we can all agree to call them our next afternoon snack.
Feeling lazy and not in the mood to scoop out cookie dough? Press it into the pan like I did with my favorite chocolate cookie.
Moist, chewy, and nostalgic, these bars appeal to just about everyone.
These tropical inspired bars highlight the rich sweetness of guava paste by nestling a big slab between a layer of shortbread and a crunchy oat topping.
Wanna know the secret to seriously chewy oatmeal bars? Marshmallow.
Browned butter and toasted pecans add a deep, rich and nutty flavor to these sandy shortbread cookies.
Welcome fall, but keep it light. These airy bars from Baked Elements: Our 10 Favorite Ingredients still pack plenty of pumpkin and spice. Sweet cream cheese frosting is just a bonus.
Can you encapsulate the feeling of "fall-in-a-vineyard" in a dessert? I tried and IMHO succeeded with these bar cookies. The trick? Pairing a rich homemade Concord grape and thyme jam with a sweet butter cookie base.
Every now and then there's a dessert so simple, yet so powerful, you eat the whole tray by yourself in the middle of the night. But seriously, the Good Morning Sunshine Bars fromBaked Elements: Our 10 Favorite Ingredients are an unpretentious treat that uses the holy trifecta of peanuts, chocolate, and caramel to evoke childhood and happy memories in every bite.
If some is good, more is amazing. That's the guiding principle behind the mega-brownie that is the stunningly delicious and unbelievably rich result of combining brownies with the Canadian delight known as Nanaimo bars.
These picnic-ready bars are like an extra thick shortbread cookie topped with toasted almonds and chunky, sweet blackberry preserves.
Chocolate and peanut butter are already a no-brainer when it comes to an addictive sweet snack. But add crispy crushed cornflakes for texture and make the whole thing a no-bake? Whoa!
For those who can't bare to choose between a blondie and a brownie, there's a dessert that perfectly marries the two: the By Cracky bar. Second prize winner in the 1952 Pillsbury Bakeoff, the By Cracky Bar was the genius creation of fifteen-year-old Yvonne Whyte of New Bedford, Massachusetts. For her efforts, young Miss Whyte won $2,000, a GE electric range, an electric mixer and the undying gratitude of dessert lovers all across the country.
This seasonal variation on the classic Canadian treat is easy to execute, and the cute upgrade is pretty intense, with a Neapolitan-hued (if not flavored) treats that are as adorable to behold as they are rich, decadent, and satisfying to eat. But don't forget to keep a toothbrush nearby, because these treats are extremely sugary.
Just imagine if a cookie and a candy bar fell in love and had a baby. Pretty sweet, right? Well, The Treats Truck's Super-Duper Bars are that sugary little cookie-bar baby. Starting out with a layer of graham cracker crumbs, any combination of chocolate, coconut, nuts, peanut butter, butterscotch, or dried fruit is piled on top. When you're about to finish your candy layering a can of sweetened condensed milk is poured over the cookie-bar, and the final layer of sweets is sprinkled on. Into the oven for just shy of thirty minutes, the sweetened condensed milk acts as the glue that keeps this cookie together, oozing down into the layers and melding all of those great candy layers.
Not to be confused with the Stained Glass Cookies made of sugar cookie dough with melted candy "panes," these concoctions are all about marshmallows and chocolate, and not much else (no wonder my kid-self was enamored with them.)
Few things can put me in the holiday spirit as quickly as a mint chocolate one-two punch. While Holiday Peppermint 'Crack' delivers on the flavor combo, sometimes you want a lot more chocolate. Recently when I was chatting with Serious Eater CityMinx about favorite homemade desserts she raved about mint sticks—a triple-layer, intensely chocolatey fudgy brownie bar—and very kindly offered to share her grandma's recipe.
The Canadian classic takes a tart-but-sweet Thanksgiving turn by adding dried cranberries to each of the three layers. The resulting seasonal variation is bound to delight family and friends at Thanksgiving festivities and start the holiday cookie season off sweetly.