Tasty Tuesday – Oat 'n' Toffee Grahams
Welcome to The Little Brown House! I am afraid I have something very tempting
for you today – unless you don’t like chocolate.. or sugar.. or butter. But then
you probably wouldn’t be visiting the Little Brown Sugar Chocolate House!!
I subscribed to the Better Homes and Gardens magazine, and they sent me a little
cookbook as a bonus! I love magazines!
I found this recipe in the back and decided to try it.
I will put the full recipe at the end of the post –
You don’t have to try and get it from the picture!
Aren’t I just the nicest? Aside from the fact, of course, that I use recipes that
are not exactly cardiologist approved..
Let’s all take a moment to throw up just a little at the wallpaper border
in the background of this picture. I’m sorry to subject you to it, it is on
my to do list.. but to be perfectly honest – chocolate comes first..
Anyway – here are the ingredients you will be needing.
The recipe actually called for rolled oats, but I just used what I had.
You begin by lining a 15 x 10 x 1 inch baking sheet with foil.
Then lay 12 whole graham crackers on the sheet. I added one extra row
to mine to fill up the sheet. I swear they are making graham crackers smaller
now!! And I realized while I was making this that my 12 oz bag of chocolate
chips is now only 11.5 oz’s. It is a conspiracy I tell you!
Now mix together the dry ingredients;
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3 Tbl. flour
Now add the wet ingredients
2/3 cup melted butter
1 tsp. vanilla
Mix it all together
Here is where the recipe says to “spoon over graham crackers and spread
evenly to edges of pan.” The reality is, you glop this very thick stuff
onto the graham crackers, then end up using your fingers to try and spread
it over all the graham crackers, cause to be quite honest, it really doesn’t want to go.
It wants to stick to whatever it is on and hang on for dear life…
But eventually, I was victorious. Did you have any doubt?
Now we put it in the oven at 350 degree’s for 20 to 25 minutes.
And it comes out bubbly and caramelized.
Now you sprinkle the chocolate chips over it and return it to the oven for 1 minute to melt them.
Spread the chocolate over the whole pan.
Oh – I forgot to tell you about the almonds! The recipe calls for chopped smoke flavored
almonds. I imagine they provide a great surprise taste in this recipe, but I found myself
unwilling to spend the 10.00 they wanted for a can at the grocery store. So I made do with
regular almonds – they worked fine. I bought the slivered ones and chopped them up.
Then spread them over the top of the bars.
I let them cool and then took the entire thing out of the pan with the foil.
They are hard to cut up, in fact they recommend you just break them into pieces.
I found a pizza cutter worked well for me.
The hysterical people at Better Homes & Gardens tell me this recipe
makes 32 servings. Those guys sure crack me up.. I assumed that if
I used 12 graham crackers that meant 12 servings…
These taste amazingly good! And you can’t tell they start with graham crackers. They
really do have a toffee taste, and a crispy crunchy texture.
And the recipe really did make over 30 bars. So if you call one bar a serving they
were technically right..those Better Homes & Gardens people. If you call one bar a serving, that is..
My husband loves it when he comes home from work to find newly baked cookies on the counter.
It makes him not notice as quickly that there isn’t any actual meal being made – you know, with
meat and such. Silly guy..
Thanks for stopping by! If you are brave enough go check out this post
about my jean shopping experience last weekend. Yet another chance
to humiliate myself in public.. why do I do it? Because its funny!!
Oat ‘n’ Toffee Grahams
- 12 whole graham crackers (rectangles)
- 1-1/2 cups rolled oats
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup butter, melted
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 12-oz. pkg. semisweet chocolate pieces
- 1/2 cup smoke-flavored whole almonds, coarsely chopped
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with foil, extending foil beyond edges of pan. Arrange whole graham crackers in a single layer in prepared pan. In a large bowl combine the oats, sugars, and flour. Stir in melted butter, egg, and vanilla until well combined. Spoon over graham crackers and spread evenly to edges of pan to cover graham crackers.
2. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until oat mixture bubbles and is lightly browned on top. Remove from oven and sprinkle with chocolate pieces. Return to oven for 1 minute. Spread melted chocolate over top to cover. Evenly sprinkle with almonds. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Use foil to lift from pan. Remove foil. Cut or break into bars. Makes 32 bars.
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