Monday, March 30, 2015

Tuesday's With Dorie ~ BCM ~ Crispy-Topped Brown Sugar Bars

Baking Chez Moi~TWD ~ Crispy-Topped Brown Sugar Bars

This week I'm writing my TWD post from my car....or I should say trying to! The keyboard on my I-Pad is quite sensitive, and is picking up every little touch on the keypad.  I will persevere! 
After spending a terrific weekend with my son and his family, happily attending baseball games, enjoying terrific lunches out, and proudly accompanying my grandson to his school for Grandparents Day, we are on our way back home.   
However, this post is about Tuesdays with Dorie, Baking Chez Moi! Our pick for this week was Crispy-Topped Brown Sugar Bars. A scrumptious choice! I decided to make these bars while I was still in Florida. They were actually quite simple to put together! I had them out of the oven, spread with the chocolate and caramelized Rice Krispies, in plenty of time to take my walk on the beach. 

An easy delicious snack cookie…Yum!

I started this cookie by first caramelizing sugar and adding Rice Krispies. This technique requires all your attention. Once the Krispies are caramelized, place them on a cookie sheet lined with foil, and break apart. Let cool. 
The first layer is a brown sugar shortbread cookie, made by creaming the butter and sugar till light, and fluffy. Then add the vanilla and flour, and mixing till incorporated. Dorie advised that this dough might be hard to handle, because it is quite sticky. I scraped it into the pan, and used wet hands to pat it into place. After the base comes out of the oven, sprinkle the chopped semi-sweet chocolate over the hot cookie layer. As it melts, spread it over the cookie with a rubber spatula. Then scatter and press the caramelized Rice Krispies over the top of the chocolate. I placed mine in the fridge for about 30 minutes, to harden the chocolate. 
These bars are heavenly! My hubby and I both enjoyed one with our after dinner coffee. To keep us from eating all of them, I froze the rest for later! An absolutely delicious, chewy, and crunchy at the same time cookie! I can’t wait to share them with my grandchildren!

This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspan’s new book, “Baking Chez Moi”. Since it has already been shared, you can find the recipe here. To see what the other bakers thought of this recipe, check it out here.

Post Script…this was written a week ago…but it never got posted because being on the road really throws you off your game! Have a great week everyone, and give this cookie a try! 

Caramelized Rice Krispies
Finished and ready to cut
Can’t wait to share these with my grandchildren!


  1. These were really good, and so easy to prepare. Yours look great and your grandchildren will love

  2. Sounds like that you had a great time with your family, Kathy.
    I baked something quite similar before, so I know this is DELICIOUS!

  3. Hopefully, when I return to Colorado next week, I can begin baking a few items from Chez Moi. I have had no one to share treats with this Winter. Too much temptation. But, back home, I have many willing Taste Testers and all the recipes you have made, Kathy, look delicious. The Madeleines. Limoncello Pound Cake. And, these faux-rice crispie bars look delicious. But, where's the marshmellow? I wonder if Chez Moi has thrown you off your Biscotti game - haven't seen many of those recipes lately. You're the Pro, that's for sure. I can't make much work on my iPad, unfortunately. Glad you had time with your grandchildren. Boys and baseball. Love that. Nice Post.

  4. Freezing until later? You've got willpower, woman! (Your bars look yummy!)

  5. These are definitely not going on my menu while I am on this diet! I really should consider freezing more!

  6. My husband and son ate them all! None left to freeze! I'm glad you had a good family visit.

  7. I loved these too! I especially loved how easy they were. I'm impressed that you wrote this post from your car - I'm not that dedicated. It sounds like you had a wonderful trip. What fun!

  8. These sound really good - but not what I expected! Somehow, I thought the chocolate filling would be a brown sugar filling! And I never in a million years thought I would see Dorie use Rice Crispies! These would be perfect for our staff meetings. David

  9. Sounds like a wonderful weekend! Your bars look wonderful, and I'm sure they will be a hit with the grand-kids! I had to send the majority of them away, otherwise I would have eaten the whole lot.