Saturday, May 7, 2011

Take 4

The other night I got out this package as we were preparing to bake, but if you are supposing I was going to make peanut butter cookies, you're supposing wrong...

Because when you take this ordinary package of peanut butter cookie mix and add just a few simple ingredients you get something much more wonderful, right Cory?

This is our version of the candy bar called Take 5, only we've reduced it by one ingredient, peanuts, so we're calling it Take 4.  Might want to work on the name a little--seems there might be something more catchy.

Anyway, here's how it goes.  Begin by mixing the cookie dough according to the package's directions, but instead of creating cookies, press the dough into a 9 x 13 pan sprayed with cooking oil and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or so, until the edges are that pretty golden color.

While it's baking, begin peeling the wrappers off the caramel candies, pour in 1/2 cup or so of half and half, whipping cream, whatever you have in the fridge and melt in the microwave.

While the caramel is melting, grab a couple of handfuls of pretzels and break them/crush them into smaller pieces.

After the bars have cooled for 5-10 minutes, pour the caramel on the bars, and spread it around,

then press the pretzels into the caramel.

While that cools and sets for a little more, melt the chocolate chips in a bowl.  Pour the melted chocolate on top of the pretzels, and carefully spread it around evenly.

Let the entire creation cool and refrigerate until you're ready to cut them.  It's best to cut them after they've been refrigerated, because the caramel is gooey if the dish is left out.  Now of course, gooey while you're eating it is perfection!
What would you call them?

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