Today's my birthday! Happy birthday to me :)
This is my last year in my 20s so I better make it a good year. I can't believe it really. Time just seemed to start floating by after 21. I still feel 21 at least! Not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing lol.
This month I was assigned to Denise's blog, Eat Laugh Love. Yay, a new-to-me blog. She loves foodie mags and cookbooks like I do, and she has a culinary to-do list like me. She knows her food too. So many good recipes, like her Boozy Banana Bread and her fancy appetizers Cheddar Crisps with Roasted Grape Relish and Cranberry Pesto Bleu Cheese Crostini.
What do you know? I chose a recipe involving caramel... shocker! You don't have to make your own caramel with this recipe... just use store-bought caramel topping! These caramel pecan bars aren't overly sweet, but they're rich, so cut into small bars like Denise advises. We cut ours into about 2 dozen small bars, I think Denise cut hers into 4 dozen small bars. Basically, you don't need a lot of these rich, gooey bars to hit that sweet spot. I did have some difficulty spreading the chocolate on after. While the chips did get softer and slightly melted, it was hard to spread it on as parts weren't soft enough. I still made it work though! I like the shortbread-like base, the crunch from the pecans, and of course the perfect combination of chocolate and caramel.
See for yourself. Make em!
Caramel Pecan Bars
from Eat Laugh Love
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 3/4 cup cold butter
- 1 and 1/2 cups pecans, chopped
- 1 jar (12 oz) caramel ice cream topping, warmed - I used Smucker's brand
- 1 bag (11.5 oz) milk chocolate chips
By the way, I'm still currently taking birthday gifts so feel free to send some my way. I accept gifts in food-form too :)
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*Photos taken on my Samsung Galaxy S2 phone.
Peace, and bacon grease!