Thursday, August 16, 2012

Chubby Hubby Bars

Well, I know you love the name of these bad boys!  And doesn't the name just say "GOOD FOR YOU!" Ha!  You know how at the top of my blog it says Sometimes Healthy, Sometimes Delicious, Always Yummy? This is the indulgent portion of my blog for you :)

My husband is FINALLY working in his profession after many years of schooling.  Now he thinks I need to make treats for him to take into work all the time.  This really works out for me on many levels.  1) I am a food blogger, I like to cook.  2) My thighs will like me better.  I love to make sweets, and if I get to make them, taste them, and send the rest off for others to eat....all is well with the world!  3) I get to make new friends by bribing them with dessert.  

See.  Things are good around here!

Onto these bars.  They were inspired by Ben and Jerry's ice cream flavor.  I applaud those people that can come up with recipes like these.  And I am thankful they are willing to share :)

*UPDATE!  The hubs came home from work with a clean tray, excellent reviews, and some of his co-workers did not even get any...guess I better double my batch for next time :)

Chubby Hubby Bars

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temp
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp coarse sea salt
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped pretzels
1 (8oz) bag of Reese’s Mini cups (or 2 cups coarsely chopped full sized Reese’s)
1 (14 oz) bag of caramels, unwrapped
2 Tbsp water
2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips, melted
How to Make

Preheat oven to 350.

Spray a 9×13 pan lightly with cooking spray.

Beat together your butter and sugars until light and fluffy, approx 1 min.  Add eggs and vanilla, mix until incorporated.  On low speed add in your salt, baking soda and flour, mixing until just combined.
Slowly add in your Reeses and Pretzels, mixing until evenly distributed.  Spread in your prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes.  Let cool completely. Approx 30 minutes to an hour.

When cooled, melt your caramels and 2 Tbsp water in a microwave safe bowl stirring every minute until melted.  Pour over your bars.  Chill in fridge for 15 minutes to set caramel.

Melt your chocolate chips in a double boiler or microwave and spread over caramel.  Put back in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or until chocolate is set.  Cut into squares when ready to serve. The caramel will start to "leak out" after they sit for just a bit.  It is fabulous!

Recipe Source: Cookies and Cups

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