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Holiday Cookie Baking Report 2006! Cookie Bars!

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Holiday Cookie Baking Report 2006! Cookie Bars!

Dommy | Jan 4, 2007 11:09 PM

Remember a few weeks ago when I went all crazy and came to this board crying about Cinnamon Chips for my Spicy Pumpkin Bars that would be featured on my annual Holiday Cookie Plate, this year themed “Cookie Bars”... And then like a week later, triumphantly, I cam here to announce that I found them... yeah, that good times...

And in the end, I didn’t even use the darn things! :P I ran out of time. * Sniff* But as it turns out I didn’t need to... as with most cooks here I’m sure, I got overly ambitious in this project and in plating the cookie bars, I actually made one cookie bar too many already!! Ack!! And so, I am happy to finally report on the cookies that DID make it on the plate... starting with the very holiday appropriate...

Cranberry Lemon Squares: I had such high hopes for these because I LOVE lemon bars, I adore Cranberry and the crust was made with Flour, Powdered Sugar and Flour, ONLY... But despite this, the lemon topping really wasn’t a curd. The cranberry Filling was a bit too watery and sweet. Because of this the bar was very sweet and a little messy...

Recipe:
http://www.marthastewart.com/page.jht...

Photo:
http://members.aol.com/pmgon/Chowhoun...

Black Forest Bars: I got this recipe from a friend. Much to my dismay, I saw it was made in pretty much the same way as the Cranberry Lemon Squares. However, it came together much better. The crust was indeed a nice dense Blackforest cake made with dark chocolate and coconut. Then the boiled down filling was spread on for a final bake. In all honestly these bars were pretty darn good, but for some reason I think the Folks didn’t like the look of them, and I had to toss quite a few at the end of the day.

Picture: http://members.aol.com/pmgon/Chowhoun...

Chewy, Chunky Blondies: With two duds, this is when I started to turn the corner. I’ve already written a report about these. But out of all the cookie bars, these were the most like Cookies. Soft, Chewy, had this warm brown sugar and buttery edge. A great alternative to the last two chocolate based recipes...

Recipe:
http://bakingsheet.blogspot.com/2006/...

Picture:
http://members.aol.com/pmgon/Chowhoun...

Mexican Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars: This was the only returning champ to the Cookie Plate, my favorite brownie ever, the Mexican Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars from Rick Bayless’ Frontera Grill. Like most of these cookie bars, it starts with a ‘crust’ this crust is more like a base, made of wonder bread that is spiked with pecans and Mexican chocolate. Then the top filling of these bars is like pecan pie, but with big chunks of dark chocolate. Of course they are heavenly still warm from the oven all melty. But they are also good cooled the next day when they are still moist and very chocolately.

Recipe:
http://www.fronterakitchens.com/cooki...

Picture:
http://members.aol.com/pmgon/Chowhoun...

Buzz Bars: My favorite Brownie, wasn’t the “favorite’ of the plate. Nope, there is always a king at the end of the day of cookie plates, and that king was LA Times’ Buzz Bars, Expresso Brownies. Perhaps it was the 70% Chocolate, perhaps it was the 2tbs of Expresso, Perhaps it was the Kahlua. I dunno what it was, but these brownies were all gone an HOUR after I set the plate out and got the most requests in terms of “I HAVE to have that recipe!!” These brownies were chocolately, super moist and fudgey (only bake for 25 minutes) and had just enough coffee edge to them to give them a kick without it being too overwhelming. Even when SO, who generally avoids coffee had a bite, he said with deep lust “Oh no, we have to do these again.” And so, I definitely will! :)

Picture:
http://members.aol.com/pmgon/Chowhoun...

And finally the whole plate!! I had a co-worker buzzing around me the entire time I was setting up... SO it didn’t stay so pretty for so long....

http://members.aol.com/pmgon/Chowhoun...

Even though I got a couple duds in there, overall I was very happy how it all turned out and everyone in the office loved the treats! Also If you’d like the recipe for the Buzz Bars or the Black Forest Bars youself, please e-mail at pmgon AT aol.com. Also if you have a holiday cookie report of your own... PLEASE post! :) I'll need some new ideas for next year

*whew!!* DONE!!!

--Dommy!

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