It's time for the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap again! I participated last year and not only was it fun to bake a new kind of cookie and send them to other people, but I received three different kinds of cookies in the mail myself. I had actually not even considered the cookies I would be getting until the first batch of cookies arrived. The best part of a cookie swap was the one part I hadn't factored into the situation - THE SWAP ASPECT. It's always wonderful to get delicious cookies that someone else baked for you and there is something about getting a care package of treats in the mail that is still so exiting.
So, this year I wanted to make something different a bit from all of the traditional christmas cookies. To be honest, I would have loved to make my compost cookies because I am all about those babies but it has to be something you haven't featured on your blog before so they were out. Because I made some oatmeal bars last week, I had bars on the brain. My friend, Dianne, is the bar queen and I was going to steal her recipe for dulce de leche bars when my new Bon Appetit came in the mail and, lo and behold, Dori Greenspan had a bunch of cookie recipes featured. I opened it up and as fate would have it, the magazine opened to the page with the recipe for these crunch bars.
It was decided for me. I would have to make these and use stuff that I would normally put IN a compost cookie on top of the bar and if it works, it will have the best of both worlds. I am making something new to feature on the blog AND I am still sort of making compost cookies, which is what I really felt like making if I haven't made that clear enough. It wasn't until after I finished both batches that I realized that I hadn't incorporated the coffee into them somehow so next time I make them, I will add some finely ground coffee beans to the cookie base and report back. Or, if someone out there tries these and adds a tbls or two of ground coffee to the base, let me know how it works out.
For some reason, I was a bit worried that they weren't going to be good enough to send out and was frantically searching for a back-up cookie. It can be a bit daunting to send your own baking out to three other food bloggers and nobody wants to be the one who made crappy treats. After the first one cooled down, I cut a little chunk off for the kid and I to try and I immediately stopped searching. These things are the bomb. MMMM the base, so buttery and crispy topped with a copious amount of chocolate and then all that salty, crispy goodness on the top. I really love the chewy sponge toffee too. Good golly, miss molly, this is a kick ass little bar cookie and I am really, really happy that I had to pack up almost all of them and send them away but the kid was less pleased with me. I promised to make him another batch next week as long as he promises to put them in his safe.
And change his password.
And eat them when I am not home.
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Compost Crunch Bar
adapted from Crunch Bar in Bon Appetit