Monday, February 16, 2009

Barf bars, Saltine Toffee, & Chocolate Oatmeal No-Bakes - My Kid's favorites

My mom used to make these when I was a child. I'm not sure if we made up the title or not but I was thrilled to find the recipe in a friend's recipe book and they've been a hit with my kids.

Barf Bars
1 c. light corn syrup (this would be in color rather than calories)
1 c. sugar
1 c. peanut butter
6 c. cheerios

Mix syrup and sugar in sauce pan and bring to a boil while stirring. Allow to cook for 2 minutes while stirring constantly. Add peanut butter to mixture, mix, then pour over cheerios and stir until coated. Pour contents onto a piece of waxed paper, or into a 9x13 pan (greased or sprayed with Pam), and mold into shape of pan (like you do with rice krispy treats). Allow to cool, and cut into bars. Once you see the finished product, you may understand the title. Apparently, they can be made with corn flakes as well.

This is a fantastic recipe for those who love english toffee, but who may be intimidated by candy making, or short on time. This recipe won a blue ribbon at the county fair and is my children's ALLTIME favorite dessert. It only uses 4 ingredients, and takes about 10 minutes to make.

Saltine (Mock) Toffee

1 c. butter
1 c. brown sugar
1-2 c. milk chocolate chips
1-2 packages saltine crackers (salted)
1/2 c. chopped almonds (optional garnish)

Pre-heat oven to 400*.
In saucepan bring butter and brown sugar to a boil over medium heat. Once bubbles begin to start, do NOT stir. Allow to boil for three minutes. Meanwhile, line cookie sheet with saltine crackers, salty side up (pan may be lined with foil for easier clean up.) Once mixture has boiled for 3 minutes, pour over saltines and spread evenly. Place in oven for 5 minutes. Remove and immediately sprinkle milk chocolate chips on top. When they have melted, spread evenly. Garnish with chopped nuts almonds and allow to cool. Break into pieces to serve.
**NOTE: You must use milk chocolate chips for this recipe as semi-sweet chips will not set up after melting.

This is the standby cookie recipe that I've come back to time and time again. My kids call them Muds. I grew up calling them Chocolate Oatmeal No-Bakes. They are a great solution for a hot summer day when you just can't bring yourself to turn on the oven.

Chocolate Oatmeal No-Bake Cookies
2 c. sugar
4 T. cocoa
1 t. vanilla
1/2 c. milk
1/2 cube butter (1/4 c.)
1/2 c. peanut butter (smooth or chunky - your preference)
3 c. raw oatmeal
1/2 c. nuts (optional)

Boil sugar, milk, cocoa, and butter 1 minute, stir. Remove from heat. Add peanut butter, (nuts,) oatmeal and vanilla. Stir until well blended. Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper. Let cool.

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