Friday, April 20, 2018

Peanut Butter White Chocolate Toffee Bars

There are some flavors that are always popular. Peanut Butter. Peanut butter and chocolate. Anything with caramel. Nutella and Biscoff spread. I know when I see a recipe if the flavors will be well received, but it can be hard to find new recipes. When I am finding recipes I think about new combinations, and what includes tried and true flavors. I found this recipe and thought it sounded great: white chocolate, toffee, and peanut butter.

The technique of making these cookies is a little different. It starts out normal enough, making a fairly standard bar cookie dough. This dough is quite sticky, and is thus difficult to spread in the pan. The original recipe had you bake the bars in a 10” x 15” pan, but I used a standard 9” x 13” pan. I figured the dough only have 1 cup of flour and it wouldn’t be much dough to spread that thinly. I’m glad I made that decision because it was tricky enough to spread the dough in the smaller pan. Just reconsider the baking time when using a smaller pan.

The other oddity is how you incorporate the white chocolate chips. You top the bars with the chocolate chips and then put them in the oven for 5 minutes, then swirl the half-melted chocolate into the cookie dough. It’s amazing how soft, almost liquid, the cookie dough got after 5 minutes in the oven! It makes for a very interesting cookie. The toffee bits and white chocolate are sweet, and those flavors shine through, more so than the peanut butter. Cut them small, they are very sweet!

Peanut Butter White Chocolate Toffee Bars
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 eggs
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
¾ cup toffee bits
 12 ounces white chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9” x 13” baking pan with foil and spray the foil with nonstick cooking spray.

In a large mixer bowl, combine the butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, peanut butter, and eggs. Mix on medium speed until smooth. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt and stir on low to combine. Stir in the toffee bits with a spatula.

Spread the mixture into the prepared pan. Sprinkle with the white chocolate chips.

Bake for 5 minutes. Remove the bars from the oven and run a knife through the bars to marbleize. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 25-30 minutes, until browned along the edges and set in the center. Allow to cool before cutting into bars.

Recipe from Can’t Stay out of the Kitchen Can’t Stay out of the Kitchen

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